Jen Loong (龙晓灵) is the snap-happy founder for a new type of travel tech startup that marries photography with social impact. Jen’s vision is to start an empathy movement, where vanity can create social good with real income opportunities in developing communities.
Living truly as a global citizen tracing her upbringing in HK, Vancouver and Shanghai, Jen has since travelled to 42+ countries photographing underprivileged communities, and speaking five languages in total. Her stories from the road can be seen in the Huffington Post, VICE, Globe and Mail, just to name a few. You can view more of her experiences in running the inaugural North Korea Pyongyang Marathon, farming in a Nepali women’s co-op, and dancing in the matriarchal Mosuo tribe in Yunnan on Instagram @loongstoryshort.
To marry her passions for deeper social impact and story-telling, Jen is launching her own venture, Wandersnap – a travel photographer for-hire platform as a means to offer job opportunities around developing worlds. Creativity should not be a first-world privilege. Jen’s venture has been accepted as one of 24 from around the world as part of UPenn Wharton’s Global Social Impact House cohort for 2016, through which the venture will come into full fruition.
At 28, Jen leads by example in how millennials can make a difference in communities around the world. CampaignAsia most recently nodded her as one of the “Top 20 Women to Watch in Asia,” crediting Jen for both her career and personal pursuits. In her spare time, she teaches indoor spinning in Shanghai, and is currently the Asia brand ambassador for Kfit (Asia’s ClassPass-like platform), encouraging more Asians to partake in sweaty adventures. Beyond fitness, she had also previously served as a Child Rights Ambassador for HK to the United Nations in Geneva. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in Finance and Economics.
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