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.
My work has been recognised through a range of grants and honours, including scholarships to the Asialink Leaders Program and THNK school of creative leadership, multiple grants from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Victorian Multicultural Commission, City of Melbourne and City of Yarra, as well as a listing on the Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll in 2016, and the title of New Australian of the year in 2017.
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.