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Yunus honored by Prime Miniser Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, presenting a gold medal to Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus for "giving the poorest a life of hope, opportunity and dignity" at the opening ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress in the presence of  12,000 delegates in Mumbai on January 3. Also seen in the photo are Indian Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, presenting a gold medal to Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus for "giving the poorest a life of hope, opportunity and dignity" at the opening ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress in the presence of 12,000 delegates in Mumbai on January 3. Also seen in the photo are Indian Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented a gold medal to honour Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the opening ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai on 3 January.

Professor Yunus along with four other Nobel Laureates and five scientists from India received the gold medal during the inaugural session of the Indian Science Congress in the presence of more than 20,000 strong audience including Ministers, Chief Ministers, leading scientists, Vice Chancellors of dozens of Indian Universities and delegates from India and abroad.

Giant Chinese Internet Company Joins Hands with Grameen China

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus  shaking hands with Mr Richard Liu,  Founder-Owner of JD.com  after the signing of collaboration agreement between Grameen China and JD.com. Also seen in the photo are  Professor Xu Xiaonian of CEIBS (left) and Mr. Tang Min, Vice Secretary General of China Development Research Foundation.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus shaking hands with Mr Richard Liu, Founder-Owner of JD.com after the signing of collaboration agreement between Grameen China and JD.com. Also seen in the photo are Professor Xu Xiaonian of CEIBS (left) and Mr. Tang Min, Vice Secretary General of China Development Research Foundation.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus visited China from 15 December to 19 December 2015. He was invited to launch Grameen China and attend a number of high-level events organized by the Chinese Association of Microfinance (CAM)./

On December 15, Professor Yunus was the chief guest  at the  annual microcredit conference organized by CAM which was attended by 700 microcredit practioners, academics, policy makers, company executives, students among others.

Afterwards Professor Yunus had a high level meeting with Madam Wu  who was former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank and is now the Chairman of the People’s Congress Committee on Rural Finance Office at the Central Bank of  China to discuss about finance for the poor in China at her office in the Central Bank.

Yunus as the 5th Global Thought Leader 2014

Yunus as the 5th Global Thought Leader 2014

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, pioneer of Social Business, has been ranked  5th  among global influential thinkers in the Global Thought Leader 2014 survey carried out by the Zurich-based Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies (GDI)  and MIT Sloan School researcher Peter Gloor.

They have done  the “Global Thought Leaders” ranking, through a systematic analysis of the English-speaking infosphere to determine the top 100 most influential thinkers in the world.

The list includes individuals who are influencing the way we think today, whose ideas are determining ours and whose ideas engage people most frequently. They are the most influential thinkers. With the help of software-based calculations to produce a simple "influence rank", Gloor presents the 2014 Thought Leaders ranking. It measures the global importance of creative minds.

The top position in the list was Pope Francis,  after being included for the first time in the initial selection process, this year. He is followed in second position by  "Pope of the Internet" Tim Berners-Lee. In third and fourth places respectively are  the Indian economist Amartya Sen and Czech writer Milan Kundera.

Those occupying 6th through 10th positions on the list are held by novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, physicist Murray Gell-Mann, novelist Paulo Coelho, anthropologist Jane Goodall and author Naomi Klein.

The top 100 of 2014 global thought leaders ranking were derived from a list of 236 people from around the world who invite further discourse through their ideas.

This list can be filtered according to nationality, gender, field of knowledge and age. Clicking on a person’s head opens a window with details on that person and their field, as seen in the following link that reveals the 2014 ranking in the website of Zurich based newspaper Tagesanzeiger:

http://longform.tagesanzeiger.ch/vordenker/?lang=en#rankingglobal

New Social Businesses from the 41st Social Business Design Lab

Nobel laureate Professor Yunus with nine Nobin Udyoktas, second generation of Grameen Bank borrowers, who signed agreements to receive financing from Grameen Shakti Samajik Byobasha for their businesses during the 41st Social Business Design Lab

Nobel laureate Professor Yunus with nine Nobin Udyoktas, second generation of Grameen Bank borrowers, who signed agreements to receive financing from Grameen Shakti Samajik Byobasha for their businesses during the 41st Social Business Design Lab

The 41st Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 20 December 2014 at the Grameen Bank Bhaban. As before the half day long program was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, and brought together more than 130 participations from Bangladesh and abroad coming  from diverse backgrounds. The event was also live streamed by Yunus Centre and watched online by participants around the globe.
 
Professor Yunus welcomed the participants to the Lab and updated the audience  that 496 social business projects had been  presented in the 40 labs organized to date since January 2013, of which 471 had been approved for investment, most of which were already in operation.