Councillor Biographies

Dipal Chandra Barua, Co-founder of the Grameen Bank, Founding Manager of the Grameen Shakti, Founder and Chairman of the Bright Green Energy Foundation

 In 1983, Dipal Chandra, together with Muhammad Yunus, founded the microfinance institution Grameen Bank and remained its Deputy Managing Director until December 2009. This institution lends micro credits to poor people in Bangladesh without the requirement of classical securities. For its success in fighting poverty, it received the Nobel Peace Prize 2006. He is also Founding Managing Director of Grameen Shakti, which supports the diffusion of Solar engineering and the use of other renewable energy sources in villages of Bangladesh. For its engagement in environment protection, it has been honored with the Right Livelihood Award. Mr. Barua also founded the Bright Green Energy Foundation, which he manages at present. For his innovation and engagement in the field of renewable energies he received the first Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2009.




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