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Jin Zidell

Founder

Jin founded Blue Planet Network in 2002 and served as the Chairman of the Board until Blue Planet Network's merger with East Meets West in September 2013. Jin now serves on the East Meets West Board. As an entrepreneur, philanthropist and environmentalist, Jin is deeply passionate about solving the global water crisis by improving the long-term sustainability and impact of water programs and empowering communities to take charge of their futures. As Jin puts it, "I have invested one half of my wealth, 10 years of my time and most of my mind space in Blue Planet Network."

Jin has served on the boards of The Natural Step, the Predator Conservation Alliance and the Earth Trust Foundation. Since 1979, Jin has been affiliated with Dia Rosatsu Zendo Kongo-Il, a Zen Buddhist Monastery. Jin Zidell received a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado in 1960.  In June, 2012, Jin completed the Race Across America, a week-long cross-country cycling race, in support of Blue Planet Network water projects.