YIDAN PRIZE SUMMIT 2018
10 DECEMBER¦HONG KONG

YIDAN PRIZE SUMMIT 2018

10 december 2018 hongkong
YIDAN PRIZE SUMMIT 2018
10 DECEMBER 2018 HONG KONG
HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE
GRAND HYATT HONG KONG
Mr Ruben VARDANYAN
Impact investor and social entrepreneur

Ruben VARDANYAN is an Armenian-Russian social entrepreneur, impact investor and philanthropist. He serves on advisory boards of the International Finance Corporation and Brazil's Fundacao Dom Cabral business school. He is also a board member of many companies and NGOs, including Ameriabank and SOLLERS. A prominent financier, Ruben is known both for his commercial projects, such as Troika Dialog investment bank, and his philanthropic endeavors, including Eastern Europe's first UWC college in Dilijan, Armenia and the world's longest cableway to an ancient monastery (the Tatev Revival Project).

Together with partners, Ruben and his family have invested some $500 million U.S. dollars in projects in Armenia, developing a commercial approach to finding solutions for social problems. Ruben and partners have also raised over $500 million for SKOLKOVO, Russia's first private business school. In 2015, Ruben co-founded the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, a global initiative established on behalf of survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors.

Ruben also spends a significant amount of time on developing Russia's charity infrastructure through PHILIN (Philanthropy Infrastructure) and works on issues related to wealth curation and succession through Phoenix Advisors. He also chairs the judging committee for PwC's Business Book of the Year in Russia award.

OUR SPEAKERS
The Rt Hon Gordon BROWN
UN Special Envoy for Global Education; Former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mrs Graça MACHEL
Child Rights Advocate and Humanitarian
Professor Anant AGARWAL
Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate 2018; Founder and CEO, edX
Mr Tom BLACKWELL
CEO & Co-founder of EM
Mr Ronnie C. CHAN
Chairman, Hang Lung Properties Limited
Dr Charles CHEN Yidan
Founder, the Yidan Prize
Mr CHI Yufeng
Founder and Chairman of Hongen Education and Technology Co., Founder and Chairman of Perfect World Group
Mr Simon COX
Emerging Markets Editor at The Economist
Dr Jacob (Yaki) DAYAN
Founder & CEO, EdTech Israel
Ms Yaneth GIHA
Former Minister of Education, Colombia
Mr Alvin GRAYLIN
China President, HTC
Professor Larry HEDGES
Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018; Chair of the Department of Statistics, Northwestern University
Dr Julian HUPPERT
Director, Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge
Mr Clive LEE
Chief Executive Officer, Yidan Prize Foundation
Mr Peter LEWIS
Presenter of "Money Talk", RTHK Radio 3
Dr Dennis LITTKY
Co-founder and Co-director, Big Picture Company, The Met School and College Unbound
Professor Sugata MITRA
Professor, Educational Technology; Pioneer, "Hole in the Wall" experiment
Dr NG Pak Tee
Author, Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes; Member, the Global Education Innovation (GEI) Lab
Minister Naledi PANDOR
South Africa's Minister of Higher Education & Training
Dr Cathy SEELEY
Educator, popular speaker and author; Expert on "Constructive Struggling"
Dr Stephen D SMITH
Finci-Viterbi Endowed Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation
Ms Isabella STEGER
Senior Reporter at Quartz
Mr Gareth STOCKDALE
CEO, Micro:bit Educational Foundation
Mr Terry VIRTS
NASA Astronaut and Author of View From Above
Ms Rana WEHBE
Senior Editor-Special Projects Forbes Asia
Mr David WESTON
Chief Executive, Teacher Development Trust; Expert on "Lesson Study"
Ms Margaret McCABE
CEO and Founder of Debate Mate
Mr Arnold CHAN
Founder and CEO of non-profit Teach4HK
Ms Peggy CHOI
Founder and CEO of knowledge-sharing platform Lynk
Mr Lavine HEMLANI
Co-founder and CEO of ed-tech company Xcelerate
Mr Lee WILLIAMSON
Editor, Generation T Asia