*cancelled* community engagement lunch speaker series: a fireside chat with james chen, founder of clearly

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018 @ 12:30 - 2:00 pm

*Cancelled* Community Engagement Lunch Speaker Series: A Fireside Chat with James Chen, Founder of Clearly



Date:January 23rd, 2018 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue:Bridgeway, 1502-03,
15/F, New World Tower 1, 
16-18 Queen's Road Central, Central
Event Fee*:
Member:HKD 100
Non-member / Guest:

HKD 180

*Event fee includes a light lunch. RSVPs required as seats are limited. Registration confirmed only upon payment. Please click "Register Now" below to reserve your seat(s)!

Event Description:


You are cordially invited to join the Harvard Club of Hong Kong for its first Community Engagement Series of 2018 with a fireside chat with James Chen, Founder of Clearly.  

James will share his insights and lessons learned in his philanthropic journey over the years and, more recently, in founding Clearly, a global campaign to help the world see cleary so everyone can realize their full potential. You will also hear how parallels can be drawn for Hong Kong and what we as individuals and collectively can do to create positive sustainable impact in our communities. HCHK Directors Dr. Leonard Yuen (ophthalmologist) and Philo Alto will serve as Day Chairs for the event. 



About the Speaker: James Chen

James Chen is a venture philanthropist who has been gripped by one issue that has become both his focus and his passion: poor vision. The ability to see is a vital gateway to education, work and building a better life - but globally, 2.5 billion people still suffer from poor vision without treatment.

For the last 12 years, James has championed the cause, leading and funding work to drive new progress on an age old problem. He founded Vision for a Nation, a charity supporting emerging nations - starting with Rwanda - in providing affordable glasses and primary eye care to their citizens. In 2016, James launched the Clearly campaign to inspire new innovation and promote greater awareness of the global vision issue. His recent published book ‘Clearly: How a 700 Year Old Invention Can Change the World Forever' explains the four barriers in getting glasses on noses and shares his ideas for how we can start to tackle them.

Find out more about James and his mission at jameschen.vision and clearly.world 


About Clearly: 

Poor vision is the largest unmet disability in the world today. What little money is available from governments and NGOs is understandably channeled towards the 165 million people who need medical interventions to address sight loss. But a third of the world’s population, 2.5 billion people, suffer from poor vision because they don’t have access to a simple pair of glasses – a solution that has been around for centuries. This is a huge waste of human potential across the developing world. Clearly believes clear vision is the golden thread that will help the world reduce poverty, and deliver quality education, decent work and gender equality. The world is on the cusp of a new technological revolution but those without good sight cannot participate in this progress and will fall further behind.

So Clearly urgently aims to get a pair of glasses on the nose of everyone who needs them by: (1) Campaigning to educate the public and world leaders by raising the profile of the issue; (2) Championing innovation and spreading best practice that helps make sight tests and cheap glasses available to all in different sectors and in different countries, and (3) Connecting people committed to tackling this issue so we can all be a catalyst for change.


HK$100 (Lifetime/Patron)

HK$100 (Annual/Biennial/Complimentary Student Member)

HK$180 (Prospect/Guest)

Sign Up Date

(Lifetime/Patron) : Friday, December 22nd 2017

(Annual/Biennial/Complimentary Student Member) : Saturday, December 23rd 2017

(Prospect/Guest) : Sunday, December 24th 2017

Sign Up Deadline

Sunday, January 21st 2018

Time & Location

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Bridgeway, 1502-03, 15/F, New World Tower 1, 16-18 Queen's Road Central

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