Jennifer Yu Cheng

CTF Education Group president Jennifer Yu Cheng is preparing youth to be future-ready leaders through her ambitious education initiatives


Jennifer Yu Cheng has been working in education for more than a decade, beginning in 2009, when she co-founded Arch Education, which prepares students for higher education abroad. Her next major initiative came in 2017 with the debut of CTF Education Group, an integrated learning group focused on K-12 education and schools management.

When Covid-19 hit, it sparked the idea for her latest venture. Yu Cheng saw the pandemic roll back so many gains that women had made in the workforce while also accelerating the rate of digital transformation. To build a talent pipeline, she launched the Jennifer Yu Cheng Girls Impact Foundation (JYCGIF) in December 2020. Its key programme is 10,000 Girls4Girls Coding+, a train-the-trainer model that encourages girls to learn to code and then teach it in their communities.

Another goal is to give underserved girls opportunities to experience a leadership role and expose them to today’s inspiring leaders. JYCGIF has hosted talks at local schools with changemakers, from an AI professor to a female leader in finance. It will be delivering inspiration on a bigger scale with the inaugural JYCGIF FutureGen Leadership Summit in 2022.

“I’m really a believer of seeing is believing, to bring in those inspirational women leaders to encourage students to aim high and see what is possible.”  

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An engineering graduate of Columbia University, Jennifer Yu Cheng was first exposed to STEM as a kid in Canada where her father had a DIY workshop in the backyard; she loved tinkering and coming up with solutions.  

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