Press Release (09 November 2017)
Academics to Deliberate on Applications of Social Business in Different Sectors of Societies
Participants of Social Business Academia conference 2017, Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre
As part of the ongoing Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) 2017, two-day Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) 2017 has started on 8 November in Paris which is being held at International University Campus Paris (Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris). This is the fifth edition of SBAC. Last year, the fourth edition of the conference was held at HEC Paris.
After the welcome speech by Ms. Carine Camby from Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris and introductory words by Ms Lamiya Morshed, Yunus Centre and Hans Reitz, Grameen Creative Lab, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus delivered the keynote speech.
This annual conference has attracted 135 academics from around 15 countries. There were 49 paper submissions this year, of which 38 were accepted for presentation. These included papers related to social business and education, technology, healthcare, disaster management, entrepreneurship, marketing and other issues.
There were also presentations at the conference by 10 of the 43 Yunus Social Business Centres in 29 countries established in universities around the world which are doing research, developing social business courses in classrooms as well as online, organizing competitions for social business projects, undertaking such projects on social business with a view to mainstreaming social business within university curricula and giving students the option to become involved in social business once they graduate.
A separate discussion was held on the inaugural day of SBAC on the newest book by Professor Muhammad Yunus “A World of Three Zeros” with Professor Yunus, Professor Andrea Grove, the Program Director at California Institute for Social Business of California State University Channel Islands, and Professor Rodolphe Durand , the Chaired Professor of Strategy at HEC-Paris and the academic Director of the Society and Organizations Center, France. The session was moderated by Professor Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University of Scotland.
Accepted papers have been presented since yesterday and will continue today on the second day of SBAC. Papers are being presented under different tracks and some of those are Entrepreneurship and Social Business, Social Business and SDGs, Social business and Health, Finance and social business, Social Business, health and technologies, Social Business, Marketing, Education and other issues. The closing session of SBAC will take place in the evening today.
Photo Caption 2: Session on Professor Yunus' new book 'A World of Three Zeros'. As seen on the photo Professor Cam Donaldson, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Professor Andrea Grove and Professor Rodolphe Durand (from left to right). Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre