We’re fortunate to have the guidance of an Advisory Committee which is chaired by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Meeting twice each year, the Advisory Committee advise the Board on inclusive economic development and zero poverty, unemployment and emissions. The Advisory Committee also seeks to host events to raise awareness and attract investment for new locations, innovation and expansion.
Advisory Committee Chair
Recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Professor Muhammad Yunus is internationally recognised for his work in poverty alleviation and the empowerment of women.
Professor Yunus has successfully melded capitalism with social responsibility to create the Grameen Bank, a microcredit institution that provides small amounts of working capital to the poor for self-employment. From its origins as an action-research project in 1976, Grameen Bank has grown to provide collateral-free loans to 7.5 million clients in more than 82,072 villages in Bangladesh, 97% of whom are women.
Over the past two decades, Grameen Bank has loaned more than $6.5 billion to the poorest of the poor. The innovative approach to poverty alleviation pioneered by Professor Yunus in a small Bangladeshi village has inspired a global microcredit movement reaching out to millions of poor women from rural South Africa to inner city Chicago.
His autobiography, “Banker to the Poor: Microlending and the Battle Against World Poverty,” has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, English, Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, Gujarati, Chinese, German, Turkish and Arabic.
Peter Hunt AM
Advisory Committee Member
As an investment banker Peter Hunt AM advised local and multi-national companies and governments in Australia for nearly 35 years. He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of one of Australia’s leading investment banking advisory firms and is an active philanthropist.
‘The poor are very creative. All they need is opportunity. Credit brings that opportunity.’
Board of Directors
Our board are well connected recognised leaders in their fields and are inspired by our bold vision. The board meets quarterly and comprises up to ten directors who provide strategic oversight and governance to the organisation. There are three sub-committees of the board covering audit and risk, fundraising and social impact.
The board of directors are passionate advocate of the Grameen model of poverty alleviation. Each of our directors have shared three key words that reflect what Grameen means to them as part of their biographies below.
Ian Neil SC
“Dignity, Hope and Purpose”
Ian Neil is one of Australia’s leading barristers. He is a passionate advocate in and out of the courtroom, a mentor and leader, and an accomplished speaker, commentator and writer. He acts for, and provides strategic advice to, many of Australia’s largest corporations, and has an active pro bono practice in human rights and social justice. He has supported the Grameen movement in Bangladesh, Nepal and Colombia for 30 years.
Dr Masud Isa
“Inclusion, Better Livelihoods and Economic Independence”
Dr Masud Isa is a Grameen expert with significant experience in the management and design of microfinance operations. He also worked as a microfinance consultant for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Grameen Trust. Currently, he is engaged in consultancy, research, teaching entrepreneurship, innovation and start-ups, social business and development finance.
“Entrepreneurship, Opportunity, Transformation”
Kat Dunn focuses on her passion for scaling social impact. She is a Special Advisor (Impact Investment) at Apostle Funds Management and sits on numerous non-profit boards. She started her career as a lawyer and is an executive coach. Kat has also been a past CEO of Grameen Australia. For Kat, Grameen demonstrates how entrepreneurship and access to opportunity can generate profound personal and societal transformation, one woman at a time.
Dilek Saticieli is the Founder and CEO of Attraction Marketing. An experienced entrepreneur, thought-leader, speaker, author and mentor, Dilek is a strategic marketer with strong experience in digital platforms. She is an advocate of women’s leadership and sustainability.
Prometheus Siddiqui has a long history of involvement with Grameen across multiple countries. His experience also includes managing three Asian based companies in the Philippines and Cambodia and two Australian companies.
Paul A. Murnane
Paul Murnane is a corporate advisor and company director with over 35 years of diversified board and executive experience in investment banking/financial services, consulting and general management in Australia and overseas.
Non Executive Director Position
The Grameen Australia Board is a skills and experience-based board which provides strategic guidance and direction to the organisation. Directors have specific capabilities as identified from time to time and a good knowledge of the workings of modern not-for-profit organisations. We are committed to the highest standards of governance in line with our Constitution and community expectations.
As part of its planned growth, the Board is seeking to appoint additional non-executive directors who will champion the vision, purpose, values and strategic priorities of the organisation. We are looking for directors who are motivated, engaged and energised by their association with Grameen Australia and its goal of enabling meaningful, independent livelihoods for Australians on low incomes.