Natalia B. Owen was born in Kazakhstan in 1952. Below are the key dates and positions from which she has been able to foster international cooperation in the arts, sciences, health care and diplomacy.
1975: Graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages in Minsk, Belarus.
1977-1989: Aide to the President of the Academy. Of Sciences in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
1983-1989: At the Soviet Academy of Sciences, served as aide and chief interpreter for institute directors in the Soviet Space Programwho were attempting to develop cooperative experiments with the United States (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA).
1989: Immigrated to the United States after marriage to Dr. Tobias Owen, professor of astronomy at the Institute for Astronomy at UH, Hawaii.
1992: Established the Russian Community of Hawaii. Served seven years as its president.
1992-2006: Member of the Hawaii Association of Interpreters and Translators.
1997-2000: Represented Hawaii Pacific University in Russia.
1998-2012: Member of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council.
1999: Appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia to the position of Honorary Consul General of the Russian Federation in Hawaii. Appointment certified by the United States Department of State.
1999-2012: Member of the Consular Corps of Hawaii.
2000: Founded the Children of Russia Foundation in Hawaii, an NGO helping children with cancer and blood diseases in Russia. Using donations from individuals and corporations in twelve countries, the foundation succeeded in building a rehabilitation center for children with cancer and blood diseases, the first such center in Russia.
2009: Had five short stories published in two literary magazines in Vienna.
2010: Had six short stories published in the literary magazine “Glagol” in Paris.
2010: Published the short story collection “Kokotut” in Moscow.
2012: Moved to Sacramento, CA and resigned from her position as honorary consul of Russia in Hawaii.
2012: Co–founded and chaired the advisory board of the charitable foundation, “Wings.”
2013: Appointed to the position of honorary consul of the Russian Federation in Sacramento.
2013: Joined the Historic Society of Fair Oaks, CA.
2013: Joined the Consular Corps of California.
2013: Published a second book of short stories in Moscow.
2013: Founded Russian Drama Theater Studio and became its production director.