Jensine (Yen-See-Nah) Larsen is the founder of World Pulse, a digital media network connecting women worldwide and bringing them a global voice. World Pulse is run by 60,000 women from more than 190 countries, including those from villages using internet cafes and cell phones, collectively improving the lives of more than 2 million people.
After launching a print version of World Pulse magazine in 2007 when she was 28, Larsen turned her eyes to the future of communications technology in the developing world. Out this idea World Pulse was founded.
Today, women previously unknown by the global public are having their stories picked up from World Pulse by the BBC, CNN, the UN, and the Huffington Post, and others. In addition, by networking through World Pulse’s website, grassroots women leaders are finding job opportunities, starting new programs and businesses, launching women’s cybercafés, and finding international speaking opportunities that are changing their lives and lifting their communities.
Larsen has appeared on NPR and PBS and presented keynotes and panels at TED, Clinton Global Initiative, Social Good Summit, Nobel Women’s Initiative, Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship, Bioneers Global, Digital Earth, WebVisions, Women in Technology International, the Women’s Funding Network, NetImpact, and the Conference on World Affairs, to name a few.
Larsen has been recognized with several leadership awards, including being honored as a contemporary woman spiritual leader by the Auburn Seminary with a "Lives of Commitment Award" following in the footsteps of Alice Walker and Jane Goodall.
In addition, she was selected as a "Woman Who Inspires" by Donna Karan alongside such luminaries as Susan Sarandan, Fatima Bhutto, and Uma Thurman. Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney selected Larsen as one of six "Next Generation Changemakers" under 40 in 2011 and she was chosen as a “Young Visionary for Tomorrow” by the SciFi Channel. The University of Wisconsin-Madison selected her as one of the top 10 social change leaders under 40 in 2012. In 2013, she was recognized as one of Rockefeller’s Top 100 Next Century Innovators.