The conference will start with a welcome from GOGLA President, Harry Verhaar (Head of Global Public & Government Affairs – Philips Lighting) after which there will be an opening by Dimitris Tsitsiragos, IFC Vice President
This will be followed by a video message from Professor Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, renowned microfinance pioneer, and founder of Grameen Bank and Grameen Shakti.
Grameen Shakti has popularised solar energy in Bangladesh using an extremely successful market based social program, bringing light and power to millions to millions and helping to transform whole communities in the process. To date, Grameen Shakti has installed over 1.6 million Solar Home Systems since its inception in 1996.
An inspirational speaker, Professor Yunus was listed in a 2015 issue of the Financial Times, as one of the six greatest finance pioneers of all time. Professor Yunus is also 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.