Larry Brilliant, director of Google.org, and Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC, tell of their experiences in microfinancing. They explain why investing in developing economies not only makes sense financially, but plays a key part in improving global health and stability.
Fazle Hasan Abed
Fazle Hasan Abed is a Bangladeshi social worker, and the founder and chairman of BRAC (formerly, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee).
For his outstanding contributions to social improvement, he has received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the UNDP Mahbub Ul Haq Award. Abed is a member of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, the first global initiative to focus specificially on the link between exclusion, poverty and law.
Dr. Larry Brilliant
Larry is an M.D. and M.P.H. and a former professor of epidemiology. He helped run the WHO smallpox eradication program in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh; was a staff member of the WHO "Global Commission to Certify Smallpox Eradicated" in Burma, India, Nepal, and Iran; and served as the last UN inspector to visit Iran to search for hidden smallpox.
The author of two books and dozens of articles on the epidemiology of smallpox, blindness, and environmental diseases, he has worked at city, county, state, federal, and international levels. Larry is also the founder of the Seva Foundation, which has performed 2 million free sight-restoring eye operations in India and Nepal.
As a technologist, he was a founder of The WELL, CEO of two public technology corporations (SoftNet Systems Inc. and Network Technologies), and most recently founded the WiFi company, Cometa. Dr. Brilliant is also a recipient of the 2006 TED Prize, which grants him one wish to change the world.
Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. She has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS.