Our structure

The shape of our organization, and how we're governed
Our structure supports our work

We want to build a better world through education. We do this by bringing together changemakers from around the world whose ideas can help make our goals a reality. Our structure is designed with this in mind, with four groups working hand-in-hand to help us achieve our aims.

Our Board of Directors sets the tone and direction of the organization. Its main roles include governing the Yidan Prize Foundation, appointing the Advisory Committee and the Judging Committee, and approving the Judging Committee’s laureate recommendations.

Dr Charles Chen Yidan

Founder, Yidan Prize;

Core Founder, Tencent

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Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Chairman, Cancer Research UK;

Emeritus Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge

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Professor Rick Levin

Senior Advisor, Coursera;

President Emeritus, Yale University

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Professor Tony Chan Fan-cheong

President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology;

President Emeritus, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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The strategies and processes designed by our Advisory Committee are what help us make a meaningful impact on global education.

Dr Qian Tang

Chairman, Advisory Committee, Yidan Prize;

Former Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

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Baela Raza Jamil

Member, Advisory Committee;

CEO, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA)

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Ruth Kagia

Member, Advisory Committee;

Former Deputy Chief of Staff and senior advisor, Former President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta

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Dr Peter Materu

Member, Advisory Committee;

Chief Program Officer, Mastercard Foundation

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Dr Karen Mundy

Member, Advisory Comittee;

Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Toronto

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Deborah Quazzo

Member, Advisory Committee;

Managing Partner, GSV Ventures

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Professor Pauline Rose

Member, Advisory Committee;

Director, Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, University of Cambridge

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Dr Jamil Salmi

Member, Advisory Committee;

Global Tertiary Education Expert

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Dankert Vedeler

Member, Advisory Committee;

Former Chair, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) Governing Board;

Former Assistant Director General, The Ministry of Education and Research (Norway)

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An independent body made up of two panels, the Judging Committee reviews nominations and chooses our Yidan Prize laureates.

Dr Koichiro Matsuura

Chairman, Judging Committee, Yidan Prize;

Former Director-General, UNESCO

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Dorothy K. Gordon

Head, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Development;

Board Member, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education

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Andreas Schleicher

Head, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Research;

Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD

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Warren Ang

Member, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Development;

Founder and Managing Director, East Asia, Global Development Incubator (GDI)

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Dr Faisal Bari

Member, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Research;

Chairman, Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS)

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Vicky Colbert

Member, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Development;

Founder and Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN)

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Dr Elizabeth M. King

Member, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Research;

Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

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Dr Felice J. Levine

Member, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Research;

Executive Director, American Educational Research Association (AERA)

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Dr Suzanne Grant Lewis

Member, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Development;

Chair of Education Science and Policy, Education.org

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Kiran Bir Sethi

Member, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Development;

Founder and Director, Riverside School

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Professor Svein Sjøberg

Member, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Research;

Professor Emeritus in Science Education, Oslo University

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Professor José Weinstein

Member, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Development;

Director, School Leadership Program, Diego Portales University

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Professor Zhang Min-xuan

Member, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Research;

Head, Teacher Education Centre under the auspices of UNESCO

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Our Secretariat makes up the operational side of the organization. Guided by the Board of Directors, and led by Secretary-General Edward Ma, the Secretariat puts our aims into practice. This includes supporting our laureates through their projects, as well as sharing and promoting their work.

Edward Ma

Secretary-General

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Mabel Woo

Deputy Secretary-General

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Dr Christopher Thomas

Director of Partnerships

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Yu-Ting Poh

Program Director

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Rachel Ip

Communications Strategist

Helen Gao

Digital Marketing Manager

Lily Law

Finance Manager

Vanessa Lo

Program Assistant

Gabriella Lynn

Content Marketing Executive

Renee Tsui

PR & Communications Executive

Jessica Wong

Communications Director

Michelle Yim

Program Manager

Michelle Zhang

Program Coordinator

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Our laureates
The Yidan Prize laureates are individuals and teams who have made significant contributions to improving education quality and expanding access to learning.
Our global community
We make greater, faster progress together. That's why we’re bringing people closer together, so we can speak with a shared voice on issues that matter in education.
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