2017 Griffith Lecture

Zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions - Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Professor Muhammad Yunus delivered a passionate 2017 Griffith Lecture at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre.

The Bangledeshi economist and micro-finance pioneer concluded his short speaking tour of Australasia at Griffith’s South Bank campus with the annual Griffith Lecture, his sole Queensland appearance.

Professor Yunus has been on a mission to educate the world on the benefits of social business since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

The 76 year-old captivated the audience with his tale of how he used his innovative social business model to eventually provide solar energy to power nearly two million Bangledeshi homes which had remained reliant on kerosene oil for light for generations.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) Professor David Grant said the April 11 event featuring Professor Muhammad Yunus was the start of a pivotal relationship between Griffith University and the microcredit pioneer.

“There is no-one better placed than Professor Yunus to articulate the necessity for business leaders and their organisations to practise social responsibility and facilitate social entrepreneurship. He has been instrumental in ushering in a new approach to business, one which has had such a significant impact of some of the world’s most vulnerable,” he said.

“Sustainable business practices, responsible leadership, respect for others, and a global orientation. These are the very foundations on which Griffith Business School is built."