I am proposing to create
a new kind of business.

Business based on the selflessness that is in all of us.
I am calling this, social business.
-Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Co-founder Yunus Social Business

Business with a social mission

100% dedicated to solving human problems

What is social business?

A social business is a company with a social mission at its core. Set up to solve a specific problem to the benefit of poor or disadvantaged members of society, social businesses operate exactly like normal companies except for a few small differences.

Unlike a charity, a social businesses generates profit and aims to be financially self sustaining. Removing the need for fundraising allows social businesses to re-invest profits back into generating sustainable social impact.

A social business is a company that either creates income for the poor or or provides them with essential products and services like healthcare, clean water or clean energy.

100% of the company profits are reinvested in continuing the company’s social mission.

About us

Yunus Social Business is a non-profit venture fund. We believe that business can be used to solve human problems. We turn donations into investments in social businesses that provide employment, education, healthcare, clean water and clean energy to over a million people worldwide.

Founded in 2011 by Saskia Bruysten, Sophie Eisenmann and Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus, our mission is to promote social business as a sustainable alternative to long-term aid, bridging the gap between business and philanthropy.

Our social business venture fund covers 7 regions and our in-country teams run regular workshops and social business accelerators for local entrepreneurs. We invest in promising social businesses providing them with patient finance as well as long term business support.

Our History

Yunus Social Business has its roots in Bangladesh. In 1983 Prof. Yunus founded Grameen bank, beginning a micro-finance revolution for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Grameen grew from a bank into several enterprises, each dedicated to serving poor rural communities in Bangladesh and each created with the specific intention of reinvesting any and all profits back into benefitting the poor. These were the first Social Businesses.

In 2009 while at the World Economic Forum, Prof. Yunus sketched out the 7 principles which were to become the model for Social Businesses used today. Since 2008 Saskia Bruysten and Sophie Eisenmann were directors at the Grameen Creative Lab, an organization setup to promote the idea of social business. In 2011 they decided to create Yunus Social Business to focus on growing and financing social businesses worldwide.

Ending Global Poverty

Global Team

Prof. Muhammad Yunus

Prof. Muhammad Yunus

Co-Founder and Chairman

Saskia Bruysten

Saskia Bruysten

Co-Founder and CEO

Daniel Nowack

Daniel Nowack

Head of Business Development

Omer Imtiazuddin

Omer Imtiazuddin

Entrepreneur in Residence

Bastian Müller

Bastian Müller

Partnerships Manager

Elisabetta Tacchetto

Elisabetta Tacchetto

Director of Finance and Operations

Benedicte Montgomery

Benedicte Montgomery

Business Development Manager

Kastriot Ajeti

Kastriot Ajeti

Project Manager / IT & Systems

Vanja Wüster

Vanja Wüster

Accountant and Office Manager (Frankfurt)

Eliane Knobbe

Eliane Knobbe

Executive Assistant & Office Manager (Berlin)

Stefanie Do

Stefanie Do

Administrative & Finance Assistant (Frankfurt)

Balkans Team

Shkelzen Marku

Shkelzen Marku

Country Director, The Balkans

Arunima Singh

Arunima Singh

Social Business Consultant

Melissa Kramer

Melissa Kramer

Social Business Consultant

Dafina Berkaj

Dafina Berkaj

Group Controller

Brazil Team

Rogério Oliveira

Rogério Oliveira

Country Director, Brazil

Francisco Vicente

Francisco Vicente

Financial Director

Luciano Gurgel

Luciano Gurgel

Head of Fundraising and Investments

Evelin Giometti

Evelin Giometti

Head of Yunus Corporate Action Tank

Victor Pucci

Victor Pucci

Head of Yunus Representative Network Brazil

Marcos Credie

Marcos Credie

Communications Coordinator and Content Producer

Julia Cimionatto

Julia Cimionatto

Operations Coordinator of Educational Projects

Glaziela Cavallaro

Glaziela Cavallaro

Head of the Schools and Youth Program

Daniel Conti

Daniel Conti

Marketing Interaction and Content Manager

Fabiana Zanni

Fabiana Zanni

Head of Education

Leonardo Filardi

Leonardo Filardi

Head of Acceleration and Investment

Colombia Team

Camilo Santa

Camilo Santa

Country Director, Colombia

Andrés Trujillo

Andrés Trujillo

Social Impact Director

Alejandra Torres

Alejandra Torres

Investment Manager

Haiti Team

Philippe Saint Cyr

Philippe Saint Cyr

Country Director, Haiti

Rebecca Augustin

Rebecca Augustin

Admin and Finance Assistant

Jhonson Wilson

Jhonson Wilson

Social Business Consultant

Jessica Dolcy

Jessica Dolcy

Social Business Consultant

India Team

Aarti Wig

Aarti Wig

Country Director, India

Suresh K Krishna

Suresh K Krishna

Founder, Managing Director & CEO of YSBFB

Rahul Batra

Rahul Batra

Programme Director ICAT

Priya Shah

Priya Shah

Senior Portfolio Manager, YSBFB

Rohan Saste

Rohan Saste

Communications Consultant

Hassan Hajam

Hassan Hajam

Programme Manager ICAT

Naomi Noronha

Naomi Noronha

Logistic Manager Consultant

Saloni Mittal

Saloni Mittal

Portfolio Associate, YSBFB

Tunisia Team

Leila Charfi

Leila Charfi

Country Director, Tunisia

Maxime de Cordes

Maxime de Cordes

Impact Investing Specialist

Mehdi Bousnina

Mehdi Bousnina

Office Manager

Wafa Hamani

Wafa Hamani

Intern

Uganda Team

Eriab Kiiza

Eriab Kiiza

Country Director

 Daniel Bukenya Yiga

Daniel Bukenya Yiga

Senior Portfolio Manager

Carolyne Kirabo

Carolyne Kirabo

Investment Manager

Eddie Oketcho

Eddie Oketcho

Communication and Partnerships Manager

Charles Kadde

Charles Kadde

Finance Officer

Midinah Naiwumbwe

Midinah Naiwumbwe

Executive Assistant

Andrew Durke

Andrew Durke

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