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Think tank leader and humanitarian Jason Yip, CEO of MWYO, has worked at the sharp end of several of the world’s major conflicts and emergencies


Jason Yip started his career in investment banking with Goldman Sachs, but gave it up to work in humanitarian aid, conflict resolution and, latterly, social policy. He is currently the chief executive officer of independent “think and do” tank MWYO, which focuses on youth issues in Hong Kong, including education, social participation and employment.

Before joining MYWO in 2019, Yip spent nearly a decade working in a variety of roles for the International Committee of the Red Cross—he finished as regional head of unit at the organisation’s government affairs and donor relations division, but he was also extensively in the field, implementing humanitarian initiatives in conflict zones and building dialogues with non-state military groups. He also has wide-ranging experience in emergency relief, including after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and during the 2015 Andaman Sea migrant crisis.

Yip is the recipient of a Medal of Honour from the Hong Kong government.

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Jason Yip once worked as a volunteer teacher in a Hong Kong prison, teaching young inmates English and Japanese.

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