Iqbal Quadir

How mobile phones can fight poverty

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Filmed Jan 2005 at TEDGlobal 2005
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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.

Iqbal Quadir
/ 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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