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:
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 2014. 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.
Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University and Chairman of Glasgow Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN) Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with the third graduating class at their graduation ceremony on December 8. Also seen in the photo are Principal of GCCN Frank Crossan and Founding Principal Barbara Parfitt.
Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN), Dhaka, held its third graduation ceremony yesterday through an exciting and jubilant event. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, partner university of GCCN, presided over the ceremony with Professor Frank Crossan, Principal of GCCN and guests, staff, students and their families: over 250 people attended the ceremony. Professor Barbara Parfitt, Founding Principal, GCCN also attended the event as a special guest representing Glasgow Caledonian University. Forty-nine students from around Bangladesh graduated and celebrated their success at the award winning college, bringing the total number of students to graduate from GCCN to 127.
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.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus delivers a public lecture on his journey from creating Grameen Bank to the global social business movement to an audience of more than 1,500 participants at the Expo Bancomer Convention Center in Mexico City on 29 November at the conclusion of the Global Social Business Summit 2014.
The Global Social Business Summit took place in Mexico City from 27-28 November 2014. It was inaugurated by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus on the morning of 27 November at Expo Bancomer convention centre in Mexico City.
Professor Yunus made a keynote speech highlighting that we need new way to think about changing the world, that change will come about through small actions, and repeating those actions to reach scale. He said the Summit was an opportunity for us to share experience of all the exciting social business that are developing around the world to energize each other.