Iqbal Quadir

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Date of Birth August 13, 1958
Place of Birth Jessore District, Bangladesh
Age 62 years old
Horoscope Leo

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Iqbal Quadir

Iqbal Z. Quadir is an entrepreneur and promoter of the role of entrepreneurship and innovations in creating prosperity in low-income countries. He has taught at Harvard Kennedy School and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "In 1993, before others imagined the possibility, and only one percent of Americans were using mobile phones, Quadir saw mobiles as productivity tools to lift up the poorest in the world." Between 1993 and 1997, Quadir founded Grameenphone in Bangladesh to provide universal access to telephone service and to increase self-employment opportunities for its rural poor. In 2007, he founded the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of which he is now Founder and Director Emeritus. A year earlier, he cofounded, and continues to edit, Innovations, an MIT Press journal.

Born: (age), Jessore, Bangladesh
Alma mater: Swarthmore College (BS '81), Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MA '83, MBA '87)
Known for: Founder of Grameenphone

About Iqbal Quadir

Mobile telecommunication expert who founded Grameenphone Limited in 1997.

Before Fame

He earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987.


He was known for co-editing MIT's academic journal Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization.

Family Life

He left his family to move to the United States at age 18.


He lectured at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.

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  • John F. Kennedy School of Government staff
  • Bengali Muslims
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  • Swarthmore College alumni
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Latest information about Iqbal Quadir updated on January 18, 2021.

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