Yidan Prize 2021 nominations now open until 31 March 2021

Follow this link for details of the nomination process.

Overseeing the foundation

The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the Yidan Prize Foundation, the appointment of the Advisory Committee and the Judging Committee, and the approval of the Judging Committee’s laureate recommendations.

Dr Charles Chen Yidan
Founder of Yidan Prize Foundation
Core Founder, Tencent
Dr Charles Chen Yidan

In 1998, Dr Charles Chen Yidan co-founded Tencent and was its Chief Administrative Officer. Under Dr Chen’s leadership, Tencent launched the Tencent Charity Foundation, the very first charity foundation in China’s Internet industry. Apart from his charity work with the Tencent network, Dr Chen has dedicated himself to setting up Wuhan College, a pioneer of non-profit private universities in China.

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HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
Founder & Director, Number 5 Foundation
Special Envoy on Literacy for Development, UNESCO
HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands is a social entrepreneur, writer, strategist and dialogue facilitator. Her work revolves around social innovation and intergenerational dialogue on sustainability as well as socio-economic issues. She is a passionate advocate of systemic change through human-designed solutions and emancipation of ‘unexpected experts’.

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Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
FRS MA PhD FRCP FMedSci
Chairman, Cancer Research UK
Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of Cambridge
Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz’s work in vaccines included Europe’s first trial of a vaccine for human papillomavirus to treat cervical cancer. Sir Leszek was knighted in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List for his contribution to medical education and research into developing vaccines, including pioneering work towards a vaccine to combat cervical cancer.

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Professor Rick Levin
Senior Advisor, Coursera
President Emeritus, Yale University
Professor Rick Levin

From 2014 to 2017, Professor Rick Levin served as Chief Executive Officer of Coursera, an online education platform offering courses from 150 top universities. He also served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology.

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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
Professor Tony Chan Fan-cheong

Professor Tony Chan Fan-cheong is a mathematician who served as Assistant Director of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), which is the largest directorate at NSF. In that position, he guided and managed research funding in astronomy, physics, chemistry, mathematical science, material science, and multidisciplinary activities.

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