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The Philosophy and Economics Program of the University of Bayreuth bestowed the Bayreuth Leadership Award upon outstanding individuals, in recognition of his thought and actions both of which meet the ethical and economic ideals of Philosophy and Economics. Laureates are those individuals who inspire us and advance the development of humanity, applying their knowledge and charisma toward achieving social and economic goals.


SolarWorld AG this year honored Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and micro-finance pioneer Muhammad Yunus by presenting the 2010 SolarWorld Einstein Award to him. Professor Yunus received the award in recognition of his contributions to the nonprofit social business company “Grameen Shakti” that Professor Yunus founded in 1996, which since its inception has dedicated itself to providing energy to off-grid rural regions of Bangladesh.

With help from micro-loans, program recipients can obtain small off-grid solar power plants. This clean energy enables regional residents to work after dark, learn more in school and operate electric machines, radios and mobile phones. At the same time, it reduces climate and health hazards emanating from kerosene lamps. Thousands of women were trained in the installation and maintenance of these solar plants, providing them with reliable income. Due to savings on kerosene costs, solar plant owners can pay back the loans within two to three years. GS is pursuing the objective of installing 1 million solar power systems by the year 2015.The micro-loans have, among other things, made possible installations of more than 400,000 small solar power systems, securing energy supplies for people in rural regions of Bangladesh who live far from the national utility grid.

The SolarWorld Einstein Award 2010 will be held on the occasion of the 25th European Photovoltaic Conference in Valencia, Spain, on Sept. 6, 2010.

“Professor Yunus stands for radically new thinking in economics and banking. He has recognized the potential of the poorest of this world who manage to make a decent living on the basis of a small starting credit, a lot of creativity and the sun as the source of energy. This is more than exemplary,” explains Dr. Ing. h. c. Frank Asbeck, Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG.

Professor Yunus will join a distinguished group of recipients of SolarWorld Einstein Award including Dr. Rupert Neudeck (founder of the so-called Green Helmets), Prof. Antonio Luque-Lopez (Spanish photovoltaic pioneer), Prof. Martin Green (developer of the most efficient mono-crystalline solar cell), Prof. Adolf Goetzberger (founder of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems), Prof. Dr. Klaus Topfer (former German environment minister and former executive director of the United Nations Environment Program) and Dr. Hermann Scheer (one of the spiritual fathers of the German law on renewable energy sources).


The Executive Committee of PICMET (Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology) has selected Dr. Muhammad Yunus as the recipient of the PICMET ’08 LTM (Leadership in Technology Management) Award. It will be presented to him at the Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening, August 4, 2009 during the PICMET ’09 Conference in Hilton Hotel and Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon USA. 

PICMET was established in 1989 to facilitate the generation and dissemination of knowledge in technology management, worldwide. The first PICMET Conference was held in 1991. Since then, it has become a prestigious event held annually; one year in Portland, one year in an overseas location. This year’s conference is scheduled in Portland from August 2 through August 6.

The LTM (Leadership in Technology Management) Award recognizes and honors individuals who have provided leadership in managing technology by establishing a vision, providing a strategic direction, and facilitating the implementation strategies for that vision.

Dr. Yunus will receive the award for his visionary leadership in creating the micro-credit concept, and empowering the people to develop enterprises, not only in Bangladesh, but in many other countries throughout the globe following his vision. PICMET is honored to acknowledge his global impact as a World Leader.


President Obama today named 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom. America’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who make an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Professor Yunus is one of 5 recipients from the continent of Asia. These include:


Horacio de la Costa- Philippines- 1946
I. M. Pei- Chinese/American- 1993
Mother Theresa- Indian/Albanian- 1985
Aung San Suu Kyi- Myanmar- 2000
Professor Muhammad Yunus- Bangladesh- 2009


The Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize was awarded to Muhammad Yunus’s Creating a world without Poverty.  It is the biggest award in the field of international studies.  It is awarded on an annual basis to books, which offer outstanding analysis of global issues.  May, 2009.


Awarded “World Affairs Council Awards 2008” by the World Affairs Council of Northern California, San Francisco, California, November 2008.

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