Jan Owen is CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians. In 2012, Jan was named the inaugural Australian Financial Review & Westpac Group ‘Woman of Influence 2012’. In 2000 she 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. Jan is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996).Before joining FYA, Jan was Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia, which aims to increase the impact o 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 Advisory group; Member, RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board and Patron of Vanish.
Geoff Dober – Founding Chairman (2013-2015)
Geoff Dober was the founding Chairman of the ten20 Foundation. Previously President of GordonCare, Geoff originated the strategy that led to transforming the organisation into a Venture Philanthropy Foundation and forming the ten20 Foundation. Geoff has held senior positions in companies including CRA, Hamersley Iron, CUB, RACV, Andersen Consulting and Telstra. He also owned and ran a niche Business/IT Consultancy. During his career, Geoff has worked on business strategy and a wide range of projects and assignments, in most areas of business including financial services, accounting, mining, telecommunications, risk management and IT strategy. Geoff was President of the Australian Computer Society in the 1990s and held several other Board positions in the ACS.
Seri Renkin – CEO ten20
Seri brings over twenty years’ experience in senior executive and advisory roles to her leadership of the ten20 Foundation. Having worked across the corporate, non-profit, philanthropic and government sectors she has a unique perspective of how diverse sectors operate and utilises her strategic, innovative and entrepreneurial skills to build cross sector collaborations focused on social impact. She joined ten20 as founding CEO in 2012.
Following a decade working as a management consultant with Accenture in Australia, New Zealand and Italy and Hay Management Consultants in the UK, Seri’s passion for social justice saw her applying her business and management skills to initiatives for social change. Seri was founding Director of the Melbourne office of Social Ventures Australia (SVA), providing expertise to the emerging social enterprise sector. Following this she worked with the Social Innovation Group in the Australian Government on place based, systems reform strategies.
Seri holds a BA (Hons) from The University of Melbourne. She serves on the ten20 Foundation Board and the Stella Prize Board.