The 2016 edition of Social Business Youth Summit held on August 12th and 13th at the Westin Hotel. The main aim was to help youngsters connect with the real life hustlers in social business scene. This year the participants here came to learn about the dynamics and impacts of social business as well as the necessity of social business in current world.
This summit helped visualize all communities of the society specially the people who are contributing in bringing the changes or are in pursuit of development by all good means. Students, Entrepreneurs, Academicians, Working professionals, Activists, CSR practitioners, NGO representatives and any other individuals interested in making a difference for the causes they care about were most enthusiastic to show their support by joining us in this endeavor.
This time, SBYS hosted some 400+ participants representing 40+ institutions. The idea here was to create next generation social business entrepreneurs who will come up with sustainable solutions by bringing together the best minds of not only the social business industry but also developmental and private sector. As is tradition Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus graced us all as the Key Note Speaker, as well as more than 30 more speakers from around the world.
Aside from the guest of honor, the two day celebration of youth achievement was also graced by power houses like H. E. Wanja Campos Da Nóbrega, honorable ambassador of Brazil to Bangladesh; Ms. Lamiya Morshed, Executive Director, Yunus Centre; Mr. Tafsir M. Awal,Director of Multimode Group; Ms. Nurjahan Begum, Managing Director, Grameen Shakti; M. K. Aaref, Director, EMK Center; Professor Abdul Hannan Chowdhury, Pro V. C., Eastern University; Boudewijn Sterk, Manager of Innovation Fund, Blue Gold Program; M. Shahjahan, Former Managing Director, Grameen Bank; Tanbir Siddiqui, President & CEO, Changemakers; and Shourav Islam, Founder, Digital Express.
The closing ceremony included a showcase of the Olympic torch borne by the Nobel Laureate, brought as a marker of his status and responsibility as an Olympic Torchbearer.