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Iqbal Quadir:
How mobile phones can fight poverty

TEDGlobal 2005 · 15:52 · Filmed Jul 2005
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Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty
15:52 · Filmed July 2005 at TEDGlobal 2005 · Subtitles available in 19 languages

Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi — and to become a champion of bottom-up development.

Founder, GrameenPhone
Iqbal Quadir is an advocate of business as a humanitarian tool. With GrameenPhone, he brought the first commercial telecom services to poor areas of Bangladesh. His latest project will help rural entrepreneurs build power plants. Full bio
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