Yichen Rao

Catalyst Fellow

Yichen is the Project Manager developing the Hua Kai model in China. Hua Kai is our route to market model for the middle of the diamond in China — the MAUA of China. Yichen is based in Guangzhou.

Yichen grew up in Fuzhou City, Jiangxi Province, China and is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and the local Jiangxi (and related) dialects. He is a recent graduate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) where he completed his M. Phil. in Anthropology with a Psychological Anthropology focus. Yichen has experience conducting empirical research in the field of psychological wellbeing and public health, including his M.Phil dissertation based on a three-month immersive fieldwork in a special treatment camp for “Internet addicts” and “problematic youth” in Beijing. Subsequently, he joined a public health team (COMDIS-HSD China) led by Leeds University and CUHK, researching the dilemma of antibiotics usage on children through home and clinic visits in rural Guangxi.

He is interested in applying what he learned about understanding people in the field of anthropology to the real practice of benefiting people through social innovations.