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.

Our Vision: Ending Global Poverty

Global Team

Prof. Muhammad Yunus

Prof. Muhammad Yunus

Co-Founder and Chairman

Daniel Nowack

Daniel Nowack

Head of Business Development

Omer Imtiazuddin

Omer Imtiazuddin

Entrepreneur in Residence

Bastian Müller

Bastian Müller

Director Partnerships & Investor Relations

Elisabetta Tacchetto

Elisabetta Tacchetto

Director of Finance and Operations

Carolyne Kirabo

Carolyne Kirabo

Investment Director - East Africa

Ruby Frankland

Ruby Frankland

Brand & Communications Manager

Eliane Knobbe

Eliane Knobbe

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Ulrike Chawiche

Ulrike Chawiche

Office Manager

William Mandarino

William Mandarino

IT Helpdesk

 Leo van Oord

Leo van Oord

Fundraising and Investor Relations Intern

 Solene Tsitos

Solene Tsitos

Corporate Communications Intern

Marianna Malaspina

Marianna Malaspina

Accountant

Brazil Team

Rogério Oliveira

Rogério Oliveira

Co-Founder, Brazil

Francisco Vicente

Francisco Vicente

Financial Director

Luciano Gurgel

Luciano Gurgel

Country Director, Brazil

Evelin Giometti

Evelin Giometti

Head of Yunus Corporate Action Tank

Glaziela Cavallaro

Glaziela Cavallaro

Head of the Schools and Youth Program

 Natassia Miller

Natassia Miller

Head of Fundraising & Investor Relations

Luisa Moreira

Luisa Moreira

Investments & Acceleration Advisor

Guilherme Izidoro

Guilherme Izidoro

Finance and Investment Intern

Túlio Notini

Túlio Notini

Corporate Advisor

Colombia Team

Andrés Trujillo

Andrés Trujillo

Social Impact Director

Ernesto Daza Lacouture

Ernesto Daza Lacouture

Investment Manager Latam

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

Prashantha Bhat

Prashantha Bhat

Company Secretary & Accounts Executive, YSBFB

Berta Argente

Berta Argente

Portfolio Intern

Uganda Team

Eriab Kiiza

Eriab Kiiza

Country Director

Eddie Oketcho

Eddie Oketcho

Communication and Partnerships Manager

Charles Kadde

Charles Kadde

Finance Officer

Susan Mirembe

Susan Mirembe

Portfolio Manager

 John Abaho

John Abaho

Investment Manager

Midinah Naiwumbwe

Midinah Naiwumbwe

Executive Assistant

Network Countries

Balkans Team

Shkelzen Marku

Shkelzen Marku

Country Director, The Balkans

Arunima Singh

Arunima Singh

Business Development & Partnerships Manager

Dafina Bekaj

Dafina Bekaj

Admin and Finance Manager

Sonila Necaj

Sonila Necaj

Business Advisor

Megi Pando

Megi Pando

Business Facilitator

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

Tunisia Team

Leila Charfi

Leila Charfi

Country Director, Tunisia

Mehdi Bousnina

Mehdi Bousnina

Office Manager

Wafa Hamani

Wafa Hamani

Intern

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