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Sign Up for Social Business Forum Asia (SBFA)2018 Spring on April 28

Sign up via the registration form for Social Business Forum Asia 2018 Spring(April 28) 

The SBFA 2018 Spring aims to spread awareness of the movement of Social Business defined by Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus, starting from Fukuoka city, the first Social Business

City in Asia. The forum is open not only to academics across the world, but also to companies and the public who have interest in Social Business.

The speeches and panel discussions will be held by Entrepreneurs based in Fukuoka who work in Japan and abroad. Yunus Centers in the Asia-Pacific area will assemble for an open meeting to co-launch the “Yunus Social Business Design Contest Asia-Pacific” and for a ceremony to sign a Memorandum of


The forum will collaborate with the international conference “The 2nd International Conference on

Healthcare, SDGs and Social Business, 2018 & Social Business Forum, Asia” organized by Social BusinessAcademia Network at Kyushu University Shiiki Hall on April 26th and 27th, 2018.



・Date/Time:      Saturday, April 28, 2018 / 10:00~17:00

・Location:          Fukuoka Growth Next 1F Event Space  (2-6-11 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan)

・Organizer:        Yunus & Shiiki Social Business Research Center, Kyushu University

・Co-organizer:   Fukuoka city

・Sponsors:         Social Business Academia Network (SBAN), Fukuoka Directive Council,

NTT West, Borderless Japan Corp.

・Capacity: 100 *Simultaneous translation available 
Registration Form :(Free of charge) https://goo.gl/forms/0X9oiFhUG0LuB7mI2


Schedule (Subject to change)

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Welcome speech: Chairman of SBRC, Kyushu University

Video message: Professor Muhammad Yunus (Chairman, Yunus Center)


Guest speech: Mr. Kenji Nakamura from Fukuoka city


Session: Professor Masaharu Okada (Executive Director, SBRC, Kyushu University)

Session: Dr. Ashir Ahamed (SBRC/Associate Professor of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University)

Session: Mr. Kazunari Taguchi (CEO, Borderless Japan Corporation)




PanelⅠ: From Fukuoka to the World – Social Business Start-up

This panel is designed to address potentials of social issue solutions as well as managing businesses.

Panelists are from large corporations who cooperate with SBRC, Kyushu University, to spread Yunus Social Business and to create new businesses, from Borderless Japan Corporation, an entrepreneurial platform managing global businesses, and from Human Harbor Inc., the first social business company in Japan.

Moderator:  Professor Masaharu Okada (Executive Director, SBRC, Kyushu University)


  • Masatoshi Nakamura (NTT WEST)
  • Kazunari Taguchi (Borderless Japan Corporation)
  • Isao Soejima (Human Harbor Inc.)


PanelⅡ: Collaborative Goal of Yunus Centers – Yunus Social Business Design Contest Asia-Pacific

Panelists will share their activities and projects to solve social issues. They will discuss the start of a joint program, the YY Contest Asia-Pacific, and sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

Moderator: Dr. Ashir Ahamed (SBRC/Associate Professor of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University


  • Faiz Shah (Director, Yunus Center, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand)
  • Mark Shen (Director, Yunus Center, National Central University, Taiwan)
  • Nurfarini Daing (Chief Executive Officer, Youth Trust Foundation, Malaysia)
  • Professor Gillian Sullivan Mort(Director, YSBC, La Trobe Business School, Australia)
  • Professor Masaharu Okada (Executive Director, SBRC, Kyushu University)


Announcement and Closing Remarks

Download the brochure (PDF) from here

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