Muhammad Yunus – the Nobel Peace Prize winner from Bangladesh, coming to Christchurch on April 9

(caption for the above picture: Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus at a special summit hosted by the University of Salford on May 18; picture credit: By University of Salford Press Office - Professor Muhammad Yunus: Building Social Business Summit, CC BY 2.0,

In a build up to the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2017, scheduled to be held in Christchurch between September 27-29, Noble laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus will be in the City on April 9.

The Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist, civil society and global thought leader, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of micro-credit and micro-finance, will be addressing and interacting with audiences during the event. It’s an initiative of SingularityU Christchurch Chapter in collaboration with Ākina Foundation, Ministry of Awesome, Ohu, XCHC, Te Pūtahi and Christchurch City Council; and will be held at Charles Luney Auditorium from 4.3pm.

Notably, started in 2008, SEWF - an international event for social enterprises from all over the world to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future – is coming to New Zealand for the first time, though Melbourne had hosted the Forum in 2009.