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The role of social innovation in developing countries

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24 October 2012, Dhaka. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder of BRAC to speak at the next Cambridge Leadership Seminar.

Cambridge Judge Business School is pleased to welcome Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Chairman and Founder of BRAC, as speaker at the next Cambridge Leadership Seminar taking placeon Friday 26 October.

In his talk, Sir Fazle will address the role that social innovation plays in his organisation BRAC, which he established to alleviate poverty and empowerment of the poor and has now grown to become the largest development organisation in the world in terms of scale and He will also look at why innovation is one of the most important challenges facing managers around the world and how in the current environment the idea of frugal or ‘Jugaad’ innovation has rapidly caught the attention of managers and leaders.

Sir Fazle will also talk about his role of social enterprises, one such innovation, which played a key role for the growth and sustainability of BRAC.

Having received numerous awards, including the D. Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008), the Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), the PKSF Award for Lifetime Achievement in Social Development and Poverty Alleviation (2007), Gates Award for Global Health (2004), and UNICEF’s Maurice Pate Award (1992), Sir Fazle is also recognised by Ashoka as one of the ‘global greats’ and is a founding member of the Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship.

Commenting on Sir Fazle’s impending visit, Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Nehru Professor of Indian Business at Judge Business School, said: “Sir Fazle and BRAC, the organisation he founded and leads, are legends in the world of development and innovation. We are honoured and delighted to have him visit Cambridge Judge Business School and speak to our faculty and students as there is so much we can learn from him.”

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