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Lady JB Owen

Presented with the 2022 Ignite Humanity Award

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Congratulations to LADY JB OWEN for receiving the Ignite Humanity Award at our 2022 Be Great! Humanitarian Awards.

Lady JB Owen is a highly successful female entrepreneur, 22-time international bestselling author, founder, CEO, and philanthropist on a mission to ignite lives and impact humanity on a global scale through storytelling and charity initiatives. JB is CEO and Founder of Ignite Publishing™, the leader in empowerment publishing, and has been paving the way for authors worldwide to tell their personal stories to motivate, inspire, and uplift readers. Lady JB Owen has been knighted by the Royal House of Cappadocia and The Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen for her entrepreneurial and philanthropic work with Ignite Publishing™, JBO Global INC., and Lotus Liners and her humanitarian work through the life-changing initiatives she runs and the extensive charity work she does.

JB and her Ignite Publishing™ team proudly support the Ignite Possibilities School of Hope charity initiative, which she founded in partnership with the nonprofit Classroom of Hope. Developed to coincide with the release of Ignite’s international bestseller Ignite Possibilities, the School of Hope initiative raises money to build an eco-block school in Indonesia to allow rural and impoverished students access to the literacy and education they deserve, all while empowering the local community and building with local partners to enrich the local economy. They also recently expanded their mission to include 100 eco-block homes too.

Additionally - JB has donated personal funds, dedicated large portions of proceeds from book sales through her publishing company, volunteered countless hours, granted scholarships to over 100 authors, produced a variety of fundraising projects to support charities/initiatives/programs, created successful social ventures, provided mentorship to young aspiring entrepreneurs, helped build International schools in Laos, Myanmar, Rwanda, Cambodia, and Indonesia, and much more. 

This year, JB also recently expanded her vision to building 100 eco-block homes in Indonesia, also through her partnership with Classroom of Hope, which she has named Homes for Hope. Homes for Hope uses eco-blocks made from recycled plastic to quickly build durable homes for families still recovering from a 2018 earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia. Indonesia has some of the most polluted rivers and coastlines in the world, with tons and tons of plastic being dumped into their waters. Eco-blocks are made from this waste to combat pollution and help to heal the environment. Every home rescues 1 ton of plastic waste from oceans and rivers. For the past three years, JB Owen and her husband, Peter Giesin, have been cycling across Canada on their tandem bicycle to raise money for charity. Learn more about Ignite Humanity at

2022 Humanitarian Award Honorees


Nika King

Social Impact Award

Leigh Steinberg

Legendary Philanthropist


Guillermo Díaz

Impact Award

Dr. Khalilah Camacho-Ali


Ever Matson


Karl Kani


Lady JB Owen

Pioneer Humanitarian

Sir Alec Stern

Exemplary Humanitarian

Jade Zaroff

Spirit Award

Dr. Cyndi Romine


Andy Arias


Eric Power


Gavin Keilly


Larry Namer


Emily Lartigue