Strasbourg-born, Paris-educated, Mediterranean-blooded, I am now based in Melbourne, Australia. As a writer and educator, my main passion is to discern and articulate the various manifestations of cultural and linguistic diversity – listen, and look for common ground.
I currently share my time between three main activities.
I work as editor-in-chief with the Global Challenges Foundation, a Swedish philanthropic Foundation stimulating reflection on new models of global governance that could help us better address global catastrophic risk.
I design and deliver programs with schools, universities and community groups to help people living across languages and cultures develop self-awareness, resilience and empathy through Marco Polo Project, a cross-cultural education design agency that I founded in 2011.
I am enrolled in a PhD with Monash University, exploring the emerging digital ecosystem of Chinese language learning.
Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with a broad range of organisations on cutting-edge cross-cultural initiatives. I am always open to new projects and opportunities, and would love to discuss them with you.
Let’s do something together! You can reach me at Julien.leyre at gmail.com.