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A unique group of achievers

Yidan Prize laureates

Here we include links to the work, and online resources of all Yidan Prize laureates.

We hope they inspire you as much as they inspire us.

The Yidan Prize Foundation extends heartfelt thanks to each laureate.

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Yidan Prize for Education Research
Yidan Prize for Education Development
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Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG

Founder and Chair Emeritus, BRAC

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG

Founder and Chair Emeritus, BRAC

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG (April 1936 – December 2019) was the Founder of BRAC, one of the world’s largest NGOs. Viewing education as a catalyst for change, he passionately championed early childhood development and play-based learning. BRAC runs the largest secular private education system in the world, that has provided primary education to over 13 million children. His vision continues to inspire BRAC to alleviate poverty and create opportunities for people to realize their potential in 11 countries in Africa and Asia.


Background and achievements
Professor Anant Agarwal

Professor Anant Agarwal

Founder and CEO, edX

Professor Anant Agarwal

Founder and CEO, edX

Professor Anant Agarwal is the Founder and CEO of edX, the online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. The platform aims to provide access to high quality education at scale, to learners around the world, regardless of geographic location, financial resources, prior academic qualifications, gender, race or other demographics.


Background and achievements
Ms Vicky Colbert

Ms Vicky Colbert

Founder and Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN)

Ms Vicky Colbert

Founder and Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN)

Ms Vicky Colbert is founder and executive director of Fundación Escuela Nueva. The education model she espouses has benefited students in more than 20,000 rural schools in Colombia, and has been adopted in 19 countries.


Background and achievements
Professor Carol S. Dweck

Professor Carol S. Dweck

Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

Professor Carol S. Dweck

Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

One of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation, Professor Carol S. Dweck is recognized for her work on the importance of mindsets.


Background and achievements
Professor Usha Goswami

Professor Usha Goswami

Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience, University of Cambridge

Professor Usha Goswami

Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience, University of Cambridge

Professor Usha Goswami is a world-leading researcher in the fields of literacy, neuroscience and education. Her research has identified the importance of children’s awareness of linguistic rhythm patterns for their reading acquisition, and has also revealed the brain basis of rhythm perception, showing how this neural process is impaired in developmental dyslexia.


Background and achievements
Professor Larry Hedges

Professor Larry Hedges

Chairman of the Department of Statistics, Northwestern University

Professor Larry Hedges

Chairman of the Department of Statistics, Northwestern University

Professor Larry Hedges is one of the most influential applied statisticians in the world. His work in educational policy allows policymakers, educators and the general public to see the evidence for “what works” in the field of education, and makes it possible to take a scientific approach to improving education for future generations.


Background and achievements
Ms Lucy Lake

Ms Lucy Lake

Chief Executive Officer, CAMFED

Ms Lucy Lake

Chief Executive Officer, CAMFED

Ms Lucy Lake is the Chief Executive Officer of CAMFED and has pioneered strategies to increase school retention and learning among marginalized girls, benefitting over six million young people.


Background and achievements
Ms Angeline Murimirwa

Ms Angeline Murimirwa

Executive Director – Africa, CAMFED

Ms Angeline Murimirwa

Executive Director – Africa, CAMFED

Ms Angeline Murimirwa is CAMFED's Executive Director - Africa. She is uniquely positioned to bring the expertise of young women once excluded from education to inform policy and strategy at every level.


Background and achievements
Professor Carl Wieman

Professor Carl Wieman

Professor of Physics and Graduate School of Education and DRC Chair at Stanford University

Professor Carl Wieman

Professor of Physics and Graduate School of Education and DRC Chair at Stanford University

Professor Carl Wieman is a pioneer of the use of new pedagogies in STEM education on college-level science teaching. His work has transformed the way STEM education is taught in major universities around the world.


Background and achievements