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Jenny Bowen

Founder and CEO, OneSky

Skoll Awardee

Biography

A former screenwriter and independent filmmaker, Jenny Bowen founded Half the Sky (now OneSky for all children) in 1998 in order to give something back to China, her adopted daughters’ home country, and to the many orphaned and abandoned children then languishing behind institutional walls.

Under Ms. Bowen's leadership, OneSky has grown into a global NGO whose mission is to bring its successful, scalable models for change to the world's most vulnerable young children. In China, OneSky has transformed the lives of many thousands of marginalized children and helped China re-imagine its entire child welfare system. In 2008, OneSky became one of only a handful of NGOs officially recognized and legally registered by the Chinese government; in 2017, when China instituted strict new regulations government foreign NGOs, OneSky was one of the first twenty organizations to be re-registered. In Vietnam, OneSky has tailored its approach to address the needs of 1.2 million children of migrant factory workers and opened the Da Nang Early Learning Center, which has been designed as a model that can be replicated across the country.

In 2016, Ms. Bowen was named the American Chamber of Commerce's Women of Influence Non-Profit Leader of the Year in Hong Kong. In 2008, she received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was chosen by popular vote to carry the Olympic Torch on Chinese soil. Ms. Bowen has also been honored with the American Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Influence Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Innovation among other awards. She serves on China’s National Committee for Orphans and Disabled Children and on the Expert Consultative Committee for Beijing Normal University’s Philanthropy Research Institute. She is the author of the memoir, Wish You Happy Forever: What China’s Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains, published by Harper Collins in 2014.