Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of BRAC in Bangladesh and a pioneer in the fight to end poverty, will participate in the Africa-Middle East Regional Microcredit Summit to be held April 7-10, 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr Abed’s name was included in HRH Queen Elizabeth of England’s New Year’s Honors List released on December 31, 2009. He will be knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his services tackling poverty.
Mr. Abed’s involvement in the Africa-Middle East Microcredit Summit mirrors BRAC’s entry into Africa. “I now want to build on this success,” said Mr. Abed responding to the honor, “to continue BRAC’s fight against poverty not only in Bangladesh but in eight other countries in the world where we are involved – Afghanistan, Uganda, Tanzania, Southern Sudan, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Sri Lanka.”
Mr. Abed will join Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, CARE CEO Helene Gayle, and Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta at the Summit in Nairobi. The Summit is being co-organized by the Microcredit Summit Campaign, a project of RESULTS Educational Fund and the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Kenya (AMFI).