Dick Gunther's commitment to Grameen Foundation reflects two of his life-long passions: entrepreneurship and service. Eleven years ago at a small dinner party, Dick was sitting next to Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, who invited him to visit Grameen Bank programs in Bangladesh. This trip inspired Dick’s interest in fighting global poverty through microfinance and his work with Grameen Foundation.
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Anne Guerrant played professional tennis for nine years, ranking 11th in the world and competing at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and other Grand Slam tournaments. As a tennis player, Anne traveled the world and was overwhelmed by the poverty she witnessed. In 2005, she and her husband Terry visited a microfinance program in India after reading “Banker to the Poor” by Professor Muhammad Yunus. Upon their return to the U.S., they established The Guerrant Foundation to empower poor women and their families through microfinance.
Steven C. Rockefeller, Jr. believes that microfinance offers a large-scale, sustainable solution to move people out of poverty. He expresses his enthusiasm for Grameen Foundation and microfinance through both personal and professional channels. As managing director of Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, he played a central role in creating Deutsche Bank Microcredit Development Fund, which helps clients link to microfinance programs through a bank-sponsored product. Steven served on Grameen Foundation’s board of directors for more than seven years and now serves on our development committee.
Annie Chen is committed to using microfinance to empower women to help their families. Her interest in microfinance and Grameen Foundation grew from a passion for social investing, which appeals to investors who want to make a social impact while yielding modest returns.
British sailing champion Iain Percy, who won gold medals at the 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games, is a strong supporter of Grameen Foundation. After his girlfriend learned about microfinance during a university lecture, they set out to learn more and read about Grameen Foundation on the internet. Iain, who majored in economics in college, saw that microfinance has the potential to cure poverty.