Muhammad Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank, the pioneering Dhaka-based organization that spread microcredit and microfinance globally. Professor Yunus was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his transformative impact. This piece is in association with Ashoka, who had a chance to catch up with him just before the 2016 World Economic Forum. Ashoka: You’ve been a global defining force in several spheres, including microcredit and more recently, social business. What’s got your attention right now? Professor Yunus: We’re in a moment of tremendous change – not linear but exponential – and we need to bring our society through a transition process to one of more evenly distributed wealth and power. This is summed up in my three focus areas that are foundational to everything else: zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero net carbon emissions.

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