Edwin Ou leads Skoll's strategic engagements with aligned funders and manages a variety of key relationships with funded social entrepreneurs, domain experts, policy makers and corporate partners. Edwin develops and structures funding opportunities to drive large-scale change in the focus areas of the foundation. Edwin has also held previous roles of increasing responsibility at Skoll, including Principal.
Prior to working at Skoll, Edwin amassed a diverse set of leadership skills and experience in organizational and business planning, program and personnel management and financial development in the field of social entrepreneurship. Most recently, Edwin led programmatic efforts for the Marine Aquarium Council (MAC), where he managed the spin-offs of MAC’s regional capacity-building programs as newly-formed NGOs in Indonesia and the Philippines. Prior to MAC, Edwin led the business development efforts at Benetech, where he built a team that evaluated and drove the early-stage development of social ventures and fueled the organization with funding and partner resources. Prior to social entrepreneurship, Edwin assumed roles of increasing responsibility in product management for a SoftBank-funded technology startup and as a mergers and acquisitions advisor for an energy investment bank.
Edwin earned his B.A. in Economics at Rice University and M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he focused his studies in social entrepreneurship and was a Packard Environment Fellow. He has served on regional boards of three nonprofit organizations: the Red Cross, Surfrider Foundation and Taiwanese American Citizens League.