James Chen

founder of Clearly, a global campaign to enable access to glasses for everyone in the world.

James is the founder of Clearly, a global campaign to bring clear vision to the 2.5 billion people worldwide denied it as quickly as possible. He is the author of the acclaimed book, ‘Clearly: How a 700-year-old Invention Can Change the World Forever', which identifies the barriers and solutions to delivering access to glasses for all. A venture philanthropist with a global outlook, James has been gripped by the issue of poor vision for over a decade. He 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 stunning success, eye care services are now available to all of Rwanda’s 12 million people. A passionate believer in the power of technology to change the world for good, James is the co-founder of Adlens, which is revolutionising lens technology with adjustable focus eyewear. He also invests and champions many other innovative solutions to the global problem of poor vision through Clearly, from last mile delivery through to remote diagnostics.