YIDAN PRIZE SUMMIT 2018
10 DECEMBER 2018 HONG KONG
HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE
GRAND HYATT HONG KONG
Stanley Buchesky
Partner and Founder, EdTech Fund

Stanley Buchesky is the Founder and Managing Partner of the EdTech Fund, investing in seed stage education technology companies in K-12 and Higher Education.

Mr. Buchesky was appointed by President Donald Trump in January 2017 to serve as interim CFO of the U.S. Department of Education. He ran and oversaw all of the Department’s finances and operations during the initial days of the Administration until the Secretary could be confirmed by the Senate and other senior political appointees could be hired.

He has a passion for education. Stanley first became involved in education while leading mergers and acquisitions for McGraw-Hill and then as one of the founding board members of Equality Charter School in the Bronx. Starting with an idea in the heads of three educators, he led the school through start-up phase, established oversight committees, and eventually helped expand Equality from a single middle school to a high school as well, graduating its first senior class in 2018.

Stanley has led M&A departments and activities for large companies such as McGraw- Hill, L-3 Communications and Pitney Bowes, leading deals ranging from minority equity investments and joint ventures to multi-billion dollar transformational acquisitions. He has a depth of knowledge in private and public company tax and accounting issues and is a skilled negotiator.

More recently, Mr. Buchesky has been advising candidates for Governor in two different states on education policy. On a very selective basis, Stanley also personally advises businesses of all sizes in planning and executing their growth strategies.

Prior to a career in business, Stan was an Airborne Ranger Army officer serving in peacekeeping missions in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. He is a West Point graduate with a BS in computer science engineering and a double major in German and French, and he holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.

OUR SPEAKERS
Alex Rappaport
Co-Founder & CEO, Flocabulary
Anthony Salcito
VP of Worldwide Education, Microsoft
Bruce Rodrigues
Deputy Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education
Carol Dweck
Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Cherie Blair CBE, QC
Chancellor, Asian University for Women; Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Clive Lee
Chief Executive Officer, Yidan Prize Foundation
Dr Charles Chen Yidan
Founder, the Yidan Prize
Dr Qian Tang
Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
Ellen Pinchuk
Deputy CEO, Mikhailov & Partners;
former correspondent for Bloomberg News TV and bureau-chief for CTV Canada in Moscow
H.E. Dr. Ahmed AI Eissa
Minister of Education, Saudi Arabia
Jaime Saavedra
Senior Director, Education,
The World Bank Group
Jan Smejkal
Head of China and APAC, Startup Grind
John McDermott
Public Policy Editor,
The Economist
John Wood
Founder, Room to Read
Jonathan Schor
CEO, CodeMonkey
Koichi Saito
Founder & General Partner, KK Fund
Li Yuan
Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
Lord Jim Knight
Chief Education and External Officer
Tes Global Ltd
Martin Lau
President, Tencent Holdings
Matt Greenfield
Managing Partner, Rethink Education
Michael Gold
Editor, The Economist Intelligence Unit
Miho Taguma
Senior Policy Analyst/ Project Manager of the OECD Education and Skills 2030, Early Childhood and School Division, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD
Peter Lewis
Presenter of “Money Talk”,
RTHK Radio 3
Prof Fernando M. Reimers
Professor of the Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Richard Baraniuk
Founder and Director, OpenStax
Ryan Craig
Co-Founder, Managing Director, University Ventures
Sandeep Murthy
Partner, Lightbox
Vicky Colbert
Founder, Fundacion Escuela Nueva
Yves Daccord
Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross