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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 Vietnam, OneSky has tailored its approach to address the needs of 1.2 million children of factory workers, opened the Da Nang Early Learning Center, and is planning to scale its home-based caregiver training throughout Vietnam.

In Hong Kong, OneSky will open a Global Centre for Early Childhood Development in 2019. The Centre will provide science-based early nurturing and education in an inclusive, multicultural setting and serve as a world-class hub for quality early education and nurture and caregiver training as well as a resource for professionals in the field.

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. 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.

Regional Focus

Eastern Asia, Southeast Asia