Pre-Meeting for Social Business Academia Conference 2017 Held at Mirpur

Press Release, 30 July, 2017, Dhaka

International Academics Exchanged Ideas on Theoretical Aspects of Social Business

Participants at the Pre Meeting for Social Business Academia Conference 2017

Pre-meeting of Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) to be held in Paris on November 8-9, 2017, was held today at Mirpur as a preparation meeting of Paris conference. International academics who came to Bangladesh to attend Social Business Day 2017 attended the meeting. About 120 faculty members from 30 universities around the world attended today’s meeting to discuss about the academic aspects of social business. This will be the fifth edition of the conference. Fourth edition of the conference was also held in Paris, France in 2016. About thirty nine peer reviewed papers on social business are expected to be presented at the conference in Paris.

With the opening speech by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chair of the organizing committee of SBAC, the day’s program started at 10.30 AM in the morning. Professor Cam Donaldson, chairman scientific committee and Pro vice chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University of Scotland updated the audience about SBAC. Professor Yunus congratulated the seven new Yunus Social Business Centres (YSBC) in seven universities located in China, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Palestine, Mexico and Hong Kong; and welcomed them in the expanding network of YSBCs around the world in his opening speech. This brings the number of YSBCs to 42. This year this number will exceed 50. Ms Lamiya Morshed, Executive Director of Yunus Centre updated the participants about the latest developments regarding the YSBCs. Representatives of different YSBCs, who were present at the meeting, shared their respective developments.

There were four breakout sessions at the meeting to focus on topics like Social Business in the Academic Curriculum and Designing a Course on Social Business, moderated by Prof. Chien-wen Shen, National Central University, Taiwan, China, Emerging Research Issues and Present Research Agenda on Social Business in Various Universities, Moderated by Prof. Zhao Meng, Renmin University of China, Financing of Research on Social Business, moderated by Prof. Faiz Shah, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand,     PhD Scholarships for YSBCs, moderated by Dr. Ashir Ahmed, Kyushu University, Japan. Participants discussed the technical issues like developing curriculum for social business course, securing social business research fund, facilitating PhD scholarships. They also shared their respective views about attracting more quality research papers in each SBAC and how publication of these papers in professional journals can be ensured. Some of the discussants also presented their ideas to bring out dedicated social business journals. Academics and participants came from various countries including HEC Montréal, Canada, National Central University, Taiwan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kyushu University, Japan, Chandighar University, India, University of Mysore, India, Renmin University, China, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia, University of New South Wales, Australia, University of Florence, Italy, EADA Business School, Spain, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Catholic University of Zimbabwe, Tufts University, USA, Chia Foundation, Cameroon.

The Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) is held each year to review the theoretical and practical implications and potentials of the concept of social business. The purpose of the conference is to create a networking opportunity for academicians, researchers, practitioners, and development activists to discuss recent insights on Social Business. This conference seeks to understand the management and performance implications of the social business concept introduced by Professor Yunus. It also aims to explore new theoretical and empirical research in the areas of finance, marketing, human resources, information and communication technology, health, agriculture and management issues related to social businesses which will foster the future direction of the policies and practices of these businesses. Besides academic papers, the conference welcomes case studies, in-depth evaluations, and papers documenting innovative directions of social businesses from business executives, consultants, social activists, social business practitioners, ethicists, social scientists and others. Collectively academic and non-academic contributions will reflect on the challenges and opportunities that social businesses face as they try to solve the most complicated human problems inside one country, and across countries around the world.

The day’s pre-meeting ended with recommendations for SBAC at Paris in November to be held in the Cité University of Paris which was established to bring the young people of the world to study in one campus.


Social Business Country Forums Held at Mirpur

Academics to Attend Pre Meeting of Social Business Academia Conference tomorrow

29 July, 2017 Dhaka Bangladesh

Concluding plannery session of Country Forum

 Participants of Social Business Day   from different countries today assembled separately at their respective country forums  at the headquarter facilities of various social business companies to review their social business initiatives and prepare plans for coming years. This was part of the Social Business Day program as originally planned for the second day program. Countries which held these country forums  are China, India, Europe, Japan, Malaysia, Latin America and Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands .

Earlier on 28 July the first day program of 7th Social Business Day (SBD) at a city hotel with only the fireign delegates in presence. The theme of the first day was “Can Wealth Concentration be Stopped?”.

The two day Social Business Day celebrations ended with a plenary session of all delegates discussing future directions of social business in all their countries. 

A pre-meeting for the academics and faculty who are attending Social Business Day 2017 will be held tomorrow. It is expected that 120 faculty members from 30 universities around the world will attend to discuss about theoretial aspects of social business. The pre-meeting is designed as a  preparatory meeting for the Social Business Academia Conference that will take place on November 8-9  in Paris . About thirty five peer reviewed papers on social business are expected to be presented at the conference in Paris.

Social Business Day 2017 Canceled

Press Release (27 July, 2017)

Due to unavoidable circumstances Social Business Day 2017 to be held has been cancelled.

With a heavy heart we inform you that we are cancelling the 7th international conference organized on 28-29 July 2017 on the occasion of Social Business Day. The conference was to be inaugurated held tomorrow at 9.00 AM at Samajik Convention Centre in Zirabo. The guests and participants invited and registered for the Opening Ceremony and also to participate in the conference are requested to cancel  their plans to attend the conference. We humbly apologize to the guests and participants, local and from around the world, who have spent their time and money to take part in this conference.

About 200 international participants have already arrived to participate in this conference, including Mr Thomas Gass, the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. Mr Gass was to be the Keynote Speaker at the conference. He is the focal person to implement the Sustainable Development Goals undertaken by the United Nations. Roughly 2000 people, among them about 400 foreigners, from 50 countries have registered to participate in the conference.

However, some of the programs of the conference will be live cast via facebook page of Yunus Centre. The online session will start at 10.30 on 28th July, 2017. Speakers of various sessions will go live through the facebook page.

We are deeply indebted and grateful to those who have helped us organize this conference.


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অনিবার্য কারন বশতঃ সামাজিক ব্যবসা দিবস উপলক্ষ্যে আয়োজিত সম্মেলন বাতিল

আমরা অত্যন্ত  দুঃখের সঙ্গে জানাচ্ছি যে অনিবার্য কারন বশতঃ আমরা সামাজিক ব্যবসা দিবস উপলক্ষে জুলাই ২৮-২৯, ২০১৭ তারিখের আয়োজিত ৭ম আন্তর্জাতিক সম্মেলন বাতিল ঘোষণা করছি। এই সম্মেলন আগামীকাল সকাল ৯.০০ টায় জিরাবোতে অবস্থিত সামাজিক সম্মেলন কেন্দ্রে শুরু হবার কথা ছিল। উদ্বোধনী অনুষ্ঠানে যাঁদের আমন্ত্রণ করা হয়েছিল এবং সম্মেলনে অংশগ্রহণের জন্য যাঁরা নিবন্ধনকৃত হয়েছিলেন তাঁরা আগামীকাল শুক্রবার এবং পরবর্তী দিন শনিবারে সম্মেলনে যোগদানের জন্য যে পরিকল্পনা ও প্রস্তুতি নিয়েছিলেন তা যেন বাতিল করেন, তার জন্য অনুরোধ জানাচ্ছি।  সকল মেহমান ও অংশগ্রহণকারী, বিশেষ করে বিদেশ থেকে আসার জন্য যাঁরা অনেক সময় ও অর্থ ব্যয় করেছেন, তাঁদের কাছে আমরা ক্ষমাপ্রার্থী।

এই সম্মেলনে, যোগদানের জন্য ইতমধ্যে প্রায় দুইশত অংশগ্রহণকারী বিদেশ থেকে এসে গেছেন। এর মধ্যে রয়েছেন জাতিসংঘের সহকারী মহাসচিব জনাব থমাস গাস। সম্মেলনে তাঁর মূল বক্তব্য রাখার কথা ছিল। তিনি জাতিসংঘের টেকসই উন্নয়ন লক্ষ্য কর্মসূচী বাস্তবায়নের প্রধান কর্মকর্তা। আনুমানিক দু’হাজার জনের এই সম্মেলনে ৫০টি দেশ থেকে মোট ৪০০-র বেশী বিদেশী অংশগ্রহণকারী যোগদানের জন্য নিবন্ধন করেছেন।

যা হোক, সম্মেলনের কিছু কিছু কর্মসূচি ইউনূস সেন্টারের ফেস বুক এর মাধ্যমে সরাসরি সম্প্রচার করা হবে। অনলাইন সেশন শুরু হবে ২৮ জুলাই ২০১৭ সকাল ১০:৩০টায়। এই সব চ্যানেলের মাধ্যমে বিভিন্ন সেশনের বক্তাদের বক্তব্য সরাসরি প্রচারিত হবে।

এই সম্মেলনের আয়োজনে যারা আমাদেরকে বিপুল সহায়তা দিয়েছেন তাঁদের আন্তরিক ধন্যবাদ জানাচ্ছি.

Programs of Social Business Day 2017 Went Ahead with International Delegates, Arrived for the Conference, Deliberated on Wealth Concentration

Sessions Live Telecast on Facebook

28 July, 2017 Dhaka Bangladesh

 Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus introducing keynote speaker Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary General, UN to the audience

Sessions, scheduled to held at the cancelled 7th Social Business Day (SBD) was held today, participated by foreign guests who already arrived to join the conference, at a conference room of Hotel Le Meridian. The program was supposed to be held at Samajik Convention Centre in Zirabo, Savar, Dhaka with the theme “Can Wealth Concentration be Stopped?”. The announcement of the live telecast of the sessions was sent from Yunus Centre to media with the cancellation statement at the evening on 27th july, 2017.

Social Business Day to be celebrated on July 28-29

Press Release (18 July 2017)

2000 Local & Global Participants and Panelists to Deliberate on Wealth Concentration

The 7th annual Social Business Day, organized by Yunus Centre, will be held on July 28- 29, 2017. This year’s theme will be “Can Wealth Concentration be Stopped” and will be held at Samajik Convention Centre in Zirabo, Savar, Dhaka. This is a newly built 2000 seat convention centre which will be operated as social business. Social Business Day (SBD) is a platform for sharing experiences in the emerging sector of social business for solving persistent social and economic problems around the world.

The annual event is aimed at bringing social business entrepreneurs from around the world to discuss, debate and exchange ideas. This year’s event will primarily focus on wealth concentration and to look for ways to narrow the widening wealth gap and innovative ways to achieve that.

Two-Day Event:

This two-day event will incorporate panel discussions amongst distinguished social business activists. Participants will hear first-hand accounts about the experiences of and the hurdles and challenges faced by Social Business entrepreneurs around the world.

Distinguished Speakers:

The event will be inaugurated by Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and will feature more than 2,000 guests and participants including 500 international participants representing over 36 countries. Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, the focal point of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) will deliver the keynote speech. Notable other speakers will include Mr. Joël Bouzou, President of the World Olympians Association, representing Thomas Bach, the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC), Keith Tuffley, CEO, The B Team, Switzerland, an association of top business leaders of the world looking for ways to make businesses people and planet focused, Jacques Berger, Managing Director, Action Tank Entreprise et Pauvreté, a formal association of a dozen top multi-national companies of France dedicated to creating parallel business as social business along with conventional business, Dato' Charon Mokhzani, representative of Tan Sri Dato' Azman Mokhtar, Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the Malaysian government owned multibillion dollar investment fund, Hon. Mr. Matin Karimli, Deputy Minister of Labour & Social Protection, Azerbaijan, Shankar Venkateswaran – CEO, TATA Sustainability Group, based in India, Rangu Salgame, Chairman & CEO of Princeton Growth Ventures, New York, Rahul Bose, Mumbai based Bengali Actor and film director, Mr. Bei Duoguang, Director, China Academy for Financial Inclusion, Mr. Wang Zhenyao, Director, China Philanthropy Research Institute, Anil Kumar Gupta, Padma Shri awardee of India, founder of the Honey Bee Network and professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Nicolas Hazard, Chairman, Le Comptoir de l’Innovation, a socially motivated multibillion dollar French investment fund that works in France and 16 different countries, David Landers, General Manager, East Asian Growth Markets at Australian Trade Commission, Professor Achyuta Samanta, founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), India, Mr. Richard St-Pierre, President, C2 Montréal, a major global event management company based in Canada. Mayor of Paris, Director General of FAO, Director of UNEP are sending their representatives at the event. Vice Chancellors of three universities from Mexico, India and Zimbabwe Viz Dr. Juan Manuel Ocegueda Hernández, UABC, Mexicali, Baja California, México, Prof. Rajinder Singh Bawa, Chandigarh University, Punjab, India, Professor Ranga Zinyemba , Catholic University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe are also attending the event.

Plenary & Panel Sessions:

There will be three main plenary discussions including one on wealth concentration, one on corporates creating social business as parallel businesses and one social business in sports. In addition there will also be discussions in different panel sessions to highlight issues such as “How to find and work with joint venture partners?,’ “Social Business replication”, “What can I do to mobilize energy behind social business in my country?” and “Social Business for Physically challenged people” among others. There will be 15 panel discussions in  two days.

Country Forum:

There will be 9 country forums where social business practitioners, investors and enthusiasts will deliberate on the state of social business in their respective countries. The countries which will hold separate Country Forums are Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, Japan, India, Australia New Zealand and Pacific, Thailand, Europe and Latin America.  

Market Place:

There will be a social business marketplace which will offer greater networking opportunities. The marketplace will showcase the products and programs of social business working in Bangladesh and various countries of Asia, Europe and Latin America. ‘New Entrepreneurs’, the programme which helps unemployed youth to become independent entrepreneurs, will also bring their products at the market place.

Social Business Academia Pre-Conference

On July 30, another conference will be held on social business. This will be the Pre-Conference of Social Business Academia Conference, of which the final conference will be held in Paris on November 8, 2017. Professors, students, researchers from universities around the world, most of which have established Yunus Social Business Centres (YSBC), will discuss academic issues relating theory and practice of social business.

(A list of universities which have established Yunus Social Business Centres is appended herewith) tellyseries