Jan Owen AM commenced as CEO at The Foundation for Young Australians in September 2010. She is recognised as one of the leading pioneers of Australia's youth sector, having headed up Australia's first youth representative bodies, as Chairperson of the National Youth Council of Australia and President of the Youth Affairs Council of Australia. Since 2002, Jan has been the Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia, an organisation that has pioneered new investment, social innovation and entrepreneurship models to increase the impact of the social sector.
With over two decades of experience in these sectors, Jan has led numerous partnerships and collaborations including the National Coalition for Children and the National Children's Summit; and, most recently, the Social Enterprise World Forum. In 2000 she received membership to the Order of Australia for service to children and young people.