We are the resource center for Social Business in France

about us

The Centre Yunus Paris was created in September 2017 by Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Grameen Bank Founder and Honorary Citizen of the City of Paris. Invited by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the Centre Yunus Paris is settled in the heart of the city, at “Les Canaux”, the house for solidary-driven and innovative economies.

First Yunus Centre outside of Bangladesh, the Centre Yunus Paris is the permanent resource center for social business in France. It intends to promote a world of three zéros: zero poverty, zero unemployment, zero net carbon emissions. In collaboration with everyone who recognizes oneself in this vision, it aims at creating, developing and accompanying dynamics around the social business in France & Europe. One of its core missions is to represent Professor Yunus in the main Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games organizing bodies, in order to create the most environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive Games in history.

Resource &
Information Centre
Promote Social Business
& the 3 zeros
Paris 2024 Olympic
& Paralympic Games

The economic transformation that social business is helping to jump-start gives humankind for the first time the opportunity to create a world without poverty

Be a resource & information center for social business

The Centre Yunus Paris is fully included in the Parisian ecosystem of social economy: incubators, information platforms, funders, public authorities, labs. It acts as a spokesperson organisation for social business and takes responsibility for preparing Prof. Yunus’ agenda when he stays in France.


Promote social business & the 3 zeros

Promoting social business & Pr. Yunus world of 3 zeros is at the core of our mission. The Centre Yunus brings his vision to french business schools with the YY Campus Tour and organize regular public events. We also work in partnership with local incubators and networks to promote social business creation, and especially prepare them to be potential service providers or partners to the Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Special attention is given to the promotion of diversity and job creating businesses.

Participate to the Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games

The Centre Yunus Paris represents Prof. Yunus in the relevant governance bodies of Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games and is an active stakeholder of ESS 2024, a program driven in partnership with Les Canaux to ensure the social inclusiveness and environmental sustainability of the Games together with its impact on territorial development.


our board members
Professor Muhammad Yunus, President
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Yunus Centre
Jean-Luc Perron, Vice-President
Founder, Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation
Emmanuel Faber, Vice-President
CEO, Danone
Jean Bernou, Treasurer
Former CEO, McCain Europe
Jean Bernou Consulting
Léa Zaslavsky, Secretary
Head of Development, MakeSense
Lamiya Morshed
Executive Director, Yunus Centre
Eric Lesueur
CEO, Veolia 2EI
Administrator of Grameen Veolia Water
Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot
Director, Social Business Enterprise
Poverty Chair, HEC
Eric Campos
Executive Director, Fondation Grameen Credit Agricole
Jacques Berger
Executive Director, Action Tank