Yunus Centre Press Release for Social Business Day 2015
The 6th annual Social Business Day organized by Yunus Centre will be held on May 28, 2015 with the theme of “We Are Not Job-Seekers, We Are Job-Givers—Turning Unemployment into Entrepreneurship” at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), Dhaka.
The gathering is organised every year as an opportunity to meet, connect, had have discussion among with the global social business community with the purpose of developing effective solutions to solve society's most pressing problems, for example, unemployment. This event discusses the innovative ways to fight social and economic problems through social businesses.
This year’s Social Business Day, as before, will be a daylong programme which will include plenary discussions among distinguished participants. Participants will hear first-hand accounts from representatives of social business organizations around the world.
The event which will be hosted by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus will be attended by more than 1600 participants, among them over 250 international participants from 30 countries including Andrea Jung, President and CEO, Grameen America, Ms. Sharifah Hapsah Shahabudin, Senior Consultant, Prime Minister's Department of Malaysia, Mr. Hans Reitz Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Creative Lab, Mr Alex Counts, Founder of Grameen Foundation, Mr Peter Hunt, Chairman of Grameen Australia, Mr Mitsuro Izumo, CEO, Euglena Japan, Mr Robert Johnson, President of Becker College, USA, Mr. Nirvana Chaudhary, CEO Chaudhary Foundation/ Nepal Social Business among many others. Professor Muhammad Yunus will give the keynote speech.
There will be a Social Business Marketplace which will showcase the products and programmes of social business. As a highlight, there will be special Mela or fair of Nobin Udyokta's (new entrepreneurs) products which will be displayed at the marketplace.
There will be three plenary sessions including Meet the Nobin Udyoktas, Sharing Experiences in Social Business around the World, and the Road Map Forward, with speakers from around the world giving their insights and programmes in discussions moderated by Professor Muhammad Yunus.
In addition, there will be 12 concurrent panel sessions such as Social Business and Academia, Methodology of Nobin Udyokta (new entrepreneur) programme, Microfinance as Social Business, Social Business and Technology, Sources of funds for Social Business, Meet the Nobin Udyoktas (new entrepreneurs) and Question & Answer on Social Business. There will be a special panel on Social Business in Greater China. This year about 90 participants are attending from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. These panel sessions will cover concept and best practices, present status, future plans of social business around the globe and enable a rich interaction among speakers.
Announcement will be made by Japan Auto-mechanic Training School, Grameen Intel Social Business Ltd, Grameen Euglena Ltd, Grameen Caledonian of Nursing college, Yunus Social Business Health Hub, University of New South Wales, Australia, Yunus Social Business Center at RMIT, Australia, Social Business Short Courses at Dhaka International university and Eastern University, The Centennial Fund of Saudi Arabia, requirements for Prince Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah International Award For Entrepreneurs from Centennial Fund. In addition a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed to set up Yunus Social Business Center at Becker College, Worcester, USA.
On May 29, an exclusive meeting of academics will take place as a follow up of the Social Business Day. It is expected to be attended by 120 academics including 50 from 26 international universities.
The meeting will review the progress made in offering social business courses, research programmes undertaken at various universities, academic publications around the world, and future plans.
On 1 June 2015, Professor Yunus will be the keynote speaker at three more events to be organised by International University, Eastern University, and Social Business Youth Association.
The Social Business Day is observed every year on June 28. This year because of Ramadan the date has been shifted forward to May 28. Next year, also for the same reason, the Day will be celebrated on May 28, 2016.
The first Social Business Day took place in Dhaka on the 28 June, 2010.