Professor Muhammad Yunus
is the founder of Micro Credit and Grameen Bank
, who won Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his efforts to create economic and social development benefiting millions of poor people around the world. Loans to poor people without any financial security was an impossible idea, that he made it possible through his innovative micro credit system and which has now successfully taken root into many economies around the world. He is currently working on another innovative idea on “Social Business”, which will be the theme of his keynote paper in this conference.
James Robinson is David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University and a faculty associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Professor Robinson studied economics at the London School of Economics, the University of Warwick and Yale University. He previously taught in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne, the University of Southern California and before moving to Harvard was a Professor in the Departments of Economics and Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. His main research interest is why countries are different: particularly why some are more prosperous than others and why some are more democratic than others. Professor Robinson is a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research's program on Institutions, Organizations and Growth.