About Yusuf Munna

Intro

Yusuf Munna is a Bangladeshi young social entrepreneur, and the founder of Reflective Teens, an internationally recognized nonprofit teen-based creative platform, that aims to expose, incite and incubate the creativity of teenagers and prepare them for the future through proper utilization of their creative abilities. Over the last 10 years, Reflective Teens engaged 610,000 teenagers from different parts of Bangladesh.

Life

Brought up in Chittagong, Yusuf did his schooling at Chittagong Collegiate School and pursued a bachelor’s degree at Khulna University.

Yusuf has been passionate about writing since an early age but was rejected and even ignored by editors and publications because of his age. He is currently working to empower teenagers through his Reflective Teens initiative, where he lets them indulge their creative side and fully express themselves.

Yusuf frequently writes OpEd columns on contemporary issues for the Dhaka Tribune and The Business Standard. His translated book ‘Ikigai’ made it to the Rokomari Bestseller list.

Recognition

Yusuf appeared as a TEDx speaker in 2015. He was included as an Ashoka Youth Venture, a global network recognizing influential social entrepreneurs in 2017. In the same year, he was invited as a speaker for the Glocal International Teen Conference in Nepal. Yusuf represented Bangladesh in the Global Partnership Summit, 2017 in India, and the Ashoka Changemaker Exchange, 2018 in the Philippines as the very first Bangladeshi youth.

Yusuf Munna sharing stage with professor Yunus
Yusuf Munna sharing the stage with Professor Yunus
Yusuf Munna interacting with the Honorable President of India
In a conversation with Mr. Gowher Rizvee, advisor to the HPM of Bangladesh
Yusuf Munna speaking at the Glocal Teen Hero Nepal
Yusuf Munna receiving Student of the Year Award from Proff. Dr. Mahmood Hossain, Honorable Vice Chancellor of Khulna University.
Yusuf Munna with Mr. Anne van Leeuwen, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Bangladesh
Yusuf Munna with Ghanshyam Bhandari, Ambassador of Nepal to the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Reference [English]

[1] https://diana-award.org.uk/roll-of-honour-2021/

[2] https://yourstory.com/socialstory/2021/03/teenagers-opportunities-better-life-creative/amp

[3] https://www.tbsnews.net/economy/corporates/ashoka-youth-venturer-yusuf-munna-wins-diana-award-267835

[4] https://www.risingbd.com/english/campus/news/81127

[5] https://www.observerbd.com/news.php?id=319497

[6] https://www.ashoka.org/es/historia/yusuf-helping-teens-turn-their-passion-profession

[7] https://gitc.glocalteenhero.com/speakers/yusuf-munna/

[8] https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/16325

[9] https://dailyasianage.com/news/265348/ashoka-youth-venturer-yusuf-munna-gets-prestigious-diana-award

[10] https://reflectiveteens.com/yusuf-munna/

[11] https://yusufmunna.com

[12] https://countECA.com

[Bengali]

[1] www.kalerkantho.com/print-edition/oboshore/2017/10/14/553325

[2] www.prothomalo.com/bangladesh/কিশোরদের-খোলা-জানালা

[3] www.ittefaq.com.bd/projonmo/255663/ডায়ানা-অ্যাওয়ার্ডে-ভূষিত-হলেন-ইউসুফ-মুন্না

[4] https://www.dhakapost.com/campus/42530

[5] www.jagonews24.com/campus/news/679901

[6] www.banglanews24.com/national/news/bd/865654.details

[7] www.thedailycampus.com/public-university/71193/যুক্তরাজ্যের-দ্য-ডায়ানা-অ্যাওয়ার্ড-পেলেন-খুবি-ছাত্র-ইউসুফ

[8] https://ku.ac.bd/news-details/393

[9] www.jagonews24.com/feature/news/679572

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