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Jane Chen      

Co-Founder and CEO, Embrace

Jane Chen is the co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that aims to help the millions of vulnerable babies born every year in developing countries through a low-cost infant warmer. Unlike traditional incubators that cost up to $20,000, the Embrace infant warmer costs less than 1% of this price. The device requires no electricity, has no moving parts, is portable and is safe and intuitive to use.

Jane's background includes a blend of business and social sector experience. Jane previously 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, 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 in Asia Pacific (across fast moving consumer goods, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries) in strategy development, marketing, and acquisitions. In 2009, Chen was a TEDIndia Fellow.

Jane holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College.

Speech Topics

How To Save a Million Lives With a $200 Invention

In this talk, Chen shows us how brilliant and basic ideas—such as the Embrace Infant Warmer, a life-saving, affordable, and ingenious solution to the lack of expensive incubators in the developing world—can save lives, change communities, and inspire others to follow a lead that disrupts the status quo. She shares some of the strategies that helped her overcome Embrace's biggest challenges, such as remembering the needs of the end user, shedding the biases of traditional business models, and valuing simplicity as a guiding principle. Chen teaches us that sometimes the simplest inventions can have the biggest impact.


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