Dr Charles CHEN Yidan established the Yidan Prize in 2016 with a mission to make the world a better place through education.
Charles is recognized as Chinas Internet philanthropy pioneer. He co-founded Chinese Internet giant Tencent in 1998. In 2007, he launched the Chinese Internet industrys first charity foundation with his partners the Tencent Charity Foundation of which he remains honorary chairman.
Apart from his charity work with the Tencent network, Charles undertakes other education philanthropy. Since 2009, he has been supporting the Wuhan College, a private non-profit university in China. He has topped the Forbes China Charity List 2017.
Charles holds a bachelors degree in Applied Chemistry from Shenzhen University and a masters degree in Economic Law from Nanjing University. He served as a visiting scholar of Stanford Law School in 2014 and was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Humanities (honoris causa) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2017.
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