Jan Owen AM

Jan Owen AM Hon Dlitt, CEO, Foundation for Young Australians.

In March 2014, Jan received the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney, in recognition of her significant contribution to young people and policy in Australia. She was named the inaugural Australian Financial Review & Westpac Group ‘Woman of Influence 2012’. In 2000, Jan was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people and in 1999 received a fellowship for leadership and innovation to the Peter Drucker Foundation in the US. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).

Before joining the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), 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, the national consumer body for children and young people in out of home care.

Jan has contributed to the establishment of many social change organisations in Australia and served on a wide range of Boards. She is currently Board Director, Australian National Development Index (ANDI); Chair, Bridges to Higher Education Partners Advisory group; Member, RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board; Chair of Advisory Board, Melbourne Social Equity Institute (University of Melbourne) and Patron of Vanish.

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