Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus

Sustainability-A World of Three Zeros

Chief Guest Speaker Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, Ph.D 

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh.  For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as "one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time." In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Yunus became the second recipient of Tokyo Olympic Laurel . He is the recipient of 61 honorary degrees from universities across 24 countries. He has received 136 awards from 33 countries including state honours from 10 countries. He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. He has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Newsweek and Forbes Magazine.

Sustainable Growth: A Circular Economy Perspective 

Keynote Speaker Professor Brian Chi-ang Lin, Ph.D, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Professor of Sustainability Brian Lin, developer of Circular GDP , has taught in the Department of Public Finance at National Chengchi University since August 1997. He is also Associate Editor for The Journal of Economic Surveys and Forum for Social Economics. Brian has rich experience in administrative services, academic editorship, business advising, and international cooperation. He has lectured widely on the circular economy and sustainability issues in Taiwan, Japan, China, South Korea, and greatly enjoys his association in the East Asian region. To Brian, higher educational institutions are an important source of inspiration for individual students and the society as a whole. For individual persons, inspiration is the process of realizing an individual's knowledge capacity for furthering her or his working performance, economic status, living satisfaction, or social responsibility. In this regard, Brian has regularly led large groups of students to visit rural areas and remote tribes in order to generate learning inspirations for his students. For previous field trips, his students have often remarked that they felt like the child protagonists from the Chronicles of Narnia.

Lab-On-A-Chip: A game changing eco-friendly technology for fine chemicals discovery and  development

Keynote Speaker Senior Research Fellow Sabiruddin Mirza, Ph.D, Harvard University, USA

Sabiruddin Mirza is  a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, and an Adjunct Professor (Docent) at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. Dr. Mirza received his M.S. degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from the Ukrainian Pharmaceutical Academy, Ukraine, in 1994 and began his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry as a production pharmacist. After several years in full-time industry, he escaped to academia and earned his Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutical technology from the University of Helsinki in 2007. His dissertation research has been awarded the 2008 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientist's Outstanding Graduate Research Award in Pharmaceutical Technologies. Dr. Mirza's current research is focused on engineering of advanced nanosystems for drug delivery applications. In addition, his areas of expertise include pharmaceutical crystallization, cocrystallization and nanocrystallization, droplet-based microfluidics, and solid-state characterization, preformulation and formulation.

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