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Ivan Tse

President & Chair

TSE Foundation

Hong Kong, HK

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Ivan Tse
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Ivan Tse’s Biography

Ivan Tse is a dedicated philanthropist and successful entrepreneur who leads the TSE Foundation as Chair and President.

Founded by Ivan’s late grandfather, the foundation was set up as a tribute to China, to support the country’s education system and infrastructure, and to accelerate modernisation. Since Ivan has taken over the reins of the family foundation, he has focused on strategic change and amplified their commitment to achieving positive transformation in China.

The TSE Foundation operates on the core belief that a group of people can work together to achieve the human dream. It suggests that we can all reach our full potential through connection, unity and collective purpose. Under Ivan’s leadership the organisation is participating in numerous projects that will contribute to building a peaceful and flourishing future.

A passionate philanthropist across all facets of life, Ivan is also the Founder of Global Friends, a leading social enterprise dedicated to confronting the pressing issues of our ever-changing modern world. The organization is set up to equip philanthropists with better tools to navigate the current climate and engage fruitfully on issues such as freedom, responsibility, historical perspective, and ecological awareness.

Rooted in Ivan’s desire to live a spiritually intelligent life and in turn to inspire others to do the same he set up We Are Beauty Productions. The core programme offers spiritual development courses that help members explore greater self-awareness and optimise on the perennial question of ‘How to Live.'

In addition to his work as a philanthropist and entrepreneur, Ivan shares his wealth of knowledge as Board Trustee of the NewCities Foundation. He previously served as Trustee of World Learning, a US-based non-profit organisation.

Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Master of Arts from the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Ivan’s Background

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TSE Foundation
President & Chair
2011 - Present
Hong Kong, HK
The TSE Foundation was established in 1986 to financially assist China's most vulnerable. For more than three decades it has helped fund numerous initiatives that encourage access to better healthcare and educa­tion, and that inspire cross-border understanding and communication.
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TSE Foundation
1997 - 2011
Hong Kong, HK
Ivan Tse served as Director of the TSE Foundation until his appointment to President and Chair in 2011.

Board Positions

NewCities Foundation
Board Trustee
Jan 2020 - Present
Montreal, CA
NewCities is a non-profit organisation built on principles from the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Its mission is to create inclusive spaces for all residents of inner cities across the globe. Connecting residents, institutions of learning, civil society and business, NewCities encourages the development of community ecosystems.


New York, NY, USA
Ivan Tse shares his personal journey of Spiritual Civilisation, how he was introduced to the practice and the benefits he has gained from centering himself.


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The Philanthropy Workshop
1999 - Present
London, UK
The Philanthropy Workshop engages with leaders the world over in an effort to find solutions to the most dire social issues facing the global community. They lend their time, skills and resources to assist in strategically mobilising efforts to affect change.

Business Interests

We Are Beauty Productions
Aug 2010 - Present
Hong Kong, HK
Ivan founded We Are Beauty Productions to offer clients specialised spiritual development and guided journey programmes to reach greater self-awareness and life mastery.

Community Engagement

World Learning
2004 - 2006
Brattleboro, VT, USA
World Learning works alongside underprivileged communities to bring development, education and social change to the world's most vulnerable. The organisation's principal mission is to combat poverty and inequality.

Ivan’s Education

Architectural Association School of Architecture
Master of Arts – History and Theory
2004 - 2005
Boston College
Bachelor of Arts – English Language and Literature
1992 - 1996