The secretariat’s organization did not immediately respond to an email query on Tuesday. A Rotary representative deferred comments to Reed’s office.
Plans for Atlanta to host the event began with Bhuiyan, the CEO of Yunus Creative Lab. He and his wife, Shamima Amin, began the nonprofit with Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, who has since resigned from his own organization because of the controversy.
The public trouble began when Reed withdrew the city’s participation in March, citing concerns over its management. Reed and others clashed with Bhuiyan on issues including hiring decisions and where to house donations.
Yunus resigned just weeks later, stating in his resignation letter that his continued support of the event was misrepresented by his own board. Former gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter, Laura Turner Seydel and Willis Potts, the former chairman of the Georgia Board of Regents, are also among those to withdraw from the effort.
The secretariat warned Atlanta leaders to find a resolution in early May, prompting event organizers to approach the Rotary.
Despite his detractors and lack of widespread support, Bhuiyan has maintained that his organization will move forward with plans to host its own Nobel-oriented event.
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