Social Impact Leadership Series: James Chen, AB ‘82, Founder of Clearly

6:30–8:30 pm
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing
Culture Plaza 20th Floor
59A Zhongguancun Street
Haidian District, Beijing, 100872


On March 20, 2018, the “Social Impact Leadership Series – Beijing Station” event was successfully held at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing.  Named “Setting My Sights”, co-organized by the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and Clearly, James Chen, UChicago AB ’82, a Hong Kong–based venture philanthropist gave a wonderful speech that attracted more than 40 audiences.

Born in Asia, raised in Africa and educated in Europe and the US, James Chen is a venture philanthropist with a global outlook. The importance of giving back was instilled in him by his father, Robert Chen, whose lifetime of philanthropic work led to the creation of The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, which focuses on improving early childhood literacy. As chairman of the Foundation, James continues the work his father started. His philanthropic journey travels from early childhood literacy in Greater China, to his campaign Clearly, where Chen is on a mission to help the 2.5 billion people around the world who suffer from poor vision to see—and he’s marshalling innovators, startups, governments, and NGOs to make it happen.

In this compelling talk, Chen shared his inspiration for becoming a philanthropist, the power of “audacious philanthropy” and why traditional philanthropy models need to change. By introducing his own experience on philanthropic road, he had a lively discussion with audiences.


2018年3月20日,由芝加哥大学布斯商学院Rustandy社会创新中心与Clearly (看见)共同合办的 “社会影响领导力系列——北京站”活动在芝加哥大学北京中心成功举办。本活动以“看见未来”为主题,由香港创投慈善家陈禹嘉先生(1982年本科毕业于芝加哥大学)主讲。共吸引超过40余位听众参加此次活动。




About Clearly

Clearly was founded in 2016 by James Chen. He has been gripped by the issue of poor vision for the last 12 years, leading and funding projects to drive new progress on an age old problem.

James is the co-founder of Adlens, which is revolutionising lens technology with adjustable focus eyewear. He also set up the charity Vision for a Nation in 2011 with the aim of providing nationwide access to eye care and affordable glasses in Rwanda, a country with a population of 12 million. A stunning success, eye care services are now available to all, and more than 2 million people have received vision screenings.

Clearly was launched as a global campaign to enable access to glasses for everyone in the world. James has made it his personal mission that if a human is to set foot on Mars in the years ahead, everyone should be able to see it happen.


About the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation

The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is the destination for people committed to tackling complex social and environmental problems.  As Chicago Booth’s social impact hub, we build on the school’s grounding in business fundamentals with experiential learning and research.  Through programs and events in social innovation and social enterprise, we equip our community with the knowledge and tools to positively impact humanity.