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Jan Owen

Foundation for Young Australians

Jan Owen is CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and a pioneer of the youth sector in Australia.  She is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, and child and youth advocate. From 2002 – 2010, Jan was Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia, which aims to increase the impact of the Australian social sector.  Prior to this, Jan founded the CREATE Foundation and was its CEO for nine years.  She is the only non US citizen to receive a fellowship for leadership and innovation to the Peter Drucker Foundation, USA and has been awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people.  She serves on the Boards of the School for Social Entrepreneurs; Inspire Foundation;  NAB Schools First;  Enterprise Melbourne;  and the International  Women’s Development Agency (IWDA).