Jane Chen is the co-founder, former CEO and current Chief Business Officer of Embrace Innovations, a social enterprise that aims to help the 20 million premature and low birth weight babies born every year, through a low cost infant warmer. The Embrace Infant Warmer costs a fraction of the price of existing solutions, and is being distributed in 10 countries. Embrace’s vision is to create a line of affordable healthcare technologies for emerging markets.
Embrace has received international recognition in CNN, Economist, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, National Geographic, and numerous other media. The World Health Organization named Embrace as one of the “Top Innovations in Global Health” in 2010 & 2012.
Chen has been a TED speaker, and was selected as one of Forbes’ Impact 30 in 2011. Chen was also named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. She is a TED Fellow and Echoing Green Fellow.
Prior to Embrace, Chen worked with nonprofit organizations on healthcare issues in developing countries. She spent several years as the Program Director of a startup HIV/AIDS nonprofit in China (Chi Heng Foundation), and worked for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative in Tanzania. She also worked at Monitor Group as a management consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies.
Chen holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. She holds a BA from Pomona College.