Professor Muhammad Yunus
Chairman & Managing Trustee
Nobel Peace Prize Recipient 2006
Congressional Gold Medal Winner 2010
Professor Muhammad Yunus- Chairman & Managing Trustee
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 companies, in Bangladesh, each aiming at addressing a specific social problem, father of microcredit and the concept of social business, which are now being implemented all around the world. Professor Muhammad Yunus is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees from universities across 20 countries. He has received 112 awards from 26 countries including state honours from 10 countries. Professor Yunus was the 2006 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize together with Grameen Bank. Other notable awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), World Food Prize (1994), International Simon Bolivar Prize (1996), Sydney Peace Prize (1998) and Seoul Peace Prize (2006). He is one of seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time.
Professor S.M. Huzzatul Islam Latifee Vice Chairman and Trustee
Professor Latifee is the Managing Director of Grameen Trust, which has implemented more than 150 Grameen replication programs in 40 countries.
He is well known for his contribution in the field of microfinance, poverty alleviation, financial inclusion, social business and value building growth. He has been associated with Professor Muhammad Yunus since the inception of Grameen Bank. He serves as Member of a number of Board of Directors at home and abroad including GAI in U.S.A, GC in Mexico, GAC in Colombia, KGMAMF in Kosovo, GCAMF in Luxembourg, NUBL in Nepal, MIG in India and GMCCs in China.
Ms. Nurjahan Begum (Board of Trustee)
Prof. Salma Khan
Mr. M. Shahjahan (Board of Trustee)
Ms. Rokia Afzal Rahman (Board of Trustee)
Ms. Rokia Afzal Rahman is a former Adviser (minister) to the Government of Bangladesh in charge of the ministry of Women and Children, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Social Welfare and Ministry of Culture.
Mr. A.M.M. Safiullah (Board of Trustee)
Professor A.M.M. Safiullah was born in Mymensingh, Bangladesh and had his early education in Chittagong (the then East Pakistan Cadet College, now Faujderhat Cadet College). He obtained the B.Sc. (Engg.), Civil, degree in 1969 and M.Sc. Engineering Degree (Geotechnical Engineering) in 1977 from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka, and Ph.D. degree from University of Strathclyde in 1981 under a Commonwealth Scholarship.
After graduation Dr. Safiullah worked in a local Consulting Engineering firm and then joined the Design Directorate of the Water Development Board in 1971. He joined the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) as a Lecturer in Civil Engineering in 1973 and was appointed a Professor of Civil Engineering in 1984. He was Head of the Dept. of Civil Engineering (1993-95), Dean of the Faculty (1998-2000, 2001), Director, Planning and Development (1989-1993), Project Manager, University of Alberta-BUET Institutional Linkage Project (1989-93), Director, Directorate of Continuing Education at BUET (1995-2000). In August 2006 he was appointed as the 10th Vice Chancellor of BUET, a post he continued till August 2010.
Md. Ashraful Hassan (Board of Trustee)
Out of these five companies, two are Social Businesses related to textile, trading and manufacturing. He has diversified knowledge in different sectors having had wide exposure to industrial management, export market, labour management, trading and manufacturing. Mr. Hassan also acquired a wide range of experiences in project development and start-up projects including in social business projects.
During his tenure with the Bank, he held various key positions including, Chief of Engineering Section. He has gained extensive knowledge in the field of construction engineering and extended notable contribution for the infrastructural development of Grameen Bank.
He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of several enterprises that play commendable roles in the fields of renewable energy, health care, food and nutrition and information and communication technology. He holds Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh.
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