Fifth Global Social Business Summit to Take Place in Malaysia

Abu Baker :: The Global Social Business Summit 2013 will be held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia from 7-9 November 2013, with the theme of “Social business to change the world”.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus will deliver the keynote speech at the opening of the Summit while welcome address will be delivered by NurfariniDaing, CEO Youth Trust Foundation myHarapan and Hans Reitz, Head of Global Social Business Summit. Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia will deliver key note speech on “Road-map for social business in Malaysia” while Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus will deliver the key note on  “Road-map towards 2018’ at the closing of the summit.

Global Social Business Summit, introduced by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, brings together the efficient and innovative methods of business and the task of solving social problems such as poverty, healthcare, education or energy and all the main actors in the field of social business.

Organized by The Grameen Creative Lab, Yunus Centre and Youth Trust Foundation (myHarapan), the Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) is an annual summit that showcases best practices and promotes discussions and collaboration among practitioners, stakeholders and experts from all over the world and across all sectors.

This year’s Global Social Business Summit, as before, will be three-daylong program which will include plenary discussions among distinguished participants, special presentations, signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Veracruz, announcement of The Grameen Creative Lab’s partnership with the City of Berlin. There will be different panel sessions to highlight issues such as “State of the art of social business: the development and implementation of social business around the world”,

State of the art of social business: the development and implementation of social business around the world, “Co-creating and Collaboration: partnerships as key deliver for social business”, “it’s the cooperation, stupid!”- Social business as part of the business strategy”, “Social Impact Measurement- Curse or cure for social investment?” “How can culture & arts support social business?”

Other distinguished speakers of the summit will include Dr. Fatima al Balooshi, Minister of Social Development Bahrain, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, Prof. HirotoYasuura, Vice Executive President Kyushu University, Eric Lesueur, Projects Director Grameen Veolia, SaskiaBruysten, CEO Yunus Social Business, Dr. BhaskarChatterjee, Director General & CEO Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Antonio da Conceicao, Minister of Commerce, Industry & Environment East Timor, Krish Krishnan, Founder Director and CEO Green Ventures, Gilbert Mbesherubusa, Vice President Operations African Development Bank, Erin Pham Steinhauer, Head of Corporate Responsibility Asia Pacific, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa Visa Inc , HendrikHeuermann, HR Department H&M Germany, Alex Thier, Assistant to the Administrator USAID, Jimmy Wales, Founder Wikipedia, Sophie Eisenmann, CFO Yunus Social Business, Anshu Gupta, Founder Goonj, Jean-Luc Perron, CEO GrameenCréditAgricole, LutfeySiddiqi, Managing Director, Co-Head Foreign Exchange Asia-Pacific UBS Investment Bank, Jack Sim, Founder World Toilet Organisation, Ulrich Villis, Global Co-Leader Social Impact Practice Boston Consulting Group, DatukZabidah Ismail, Managing Director AmanahIkhtiar Malaysia, Binod Chaudhary, Chairman Chaudhary Group,  Joon Choi, VP Social Enterprise Team SK SUPEX Council , Emmanuel Faber, COO Danone Group, Navroze Godrej, Board of Directors Godrej Group, MaozInon, Tourism entrepreneur, Low Ngai Yuen, Founder Kakiseni, Cameron Sinclair, Founder Architecture for Humanity (tbc), Datin Tiara Jacquelina, Producer, Actor, Singer (tbc).

This year 600 participants from around 40 countries will participate in Global Social Business Summit. From Bangladesh, 107 participants will participate in the Summit.

It can be mentioned that the GSBS Young Challengers Meeting will take place on the 6th of November 2013, the day prior to the Global Social Business Summit. It is a one day workshop for young leaders to discuss the concept of social business, network and develop own social business ideas. The Young Challengers will be attending the Global Social Business Summit and will have the opportunity to ask questions to decision makers about the role of social business in their countries and societies. They will challenge political leaders from around the world, get together with CEOs from global corporations and meet Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus personally to discuss their vision for the future. The GSBS Young Challengers Meeting will be hosted by the Yunus and Youth – The YY Foundation and supported by the British Council.

It can be mentioned that in 2009 the Global Social Business Summit was held for the first time as an initiative by Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus in Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany. In 2010 GSBS also took place in Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany and in 2011 as well as in 2012 GSBS was held in Vienna, Austria.

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