Learning in a changing world: Evidence, innovation and creative thinking in education


Dr. Charles CHEN Yidan

Yidan Prize Foundation

Founder, Yidan Prize


Dr Charles CHEN Yidan established the Yidan Prize Foundation in 2016 with a mission to create a better world through education. In 1998, Charles co-founded Tencent and was its Chief Administrative Officer. In 2007, led by Charles, Tencent launched the Tencent Charity Foundation, the very first charity foundation in China’s Internet industry. After leaving office in 2013, he served as the Lifetime Honorary Consultant of Tencent and the Honorary Chairman of Tencent Charity Foundation. In 2018, Charles donated his Tencent shares to set up a charitable trust, focusing on furthering the development of education. Apart from his charity work with the Tencent network, Charles undertakes other education philanthropy, including setting up Wuhan College—a pioneer of non-profit private universities in China. He ranked at the top of the 13th China Charity Ranking in 2016 and was China’s top philanthropist on the 2017 Forbes China Philanthropist list.

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