Hello, I’m Julien

Strasbourg-born, Mediterranean-blooded, Paris-, Amsterdam- and Nanjing-educated, I am now based in Melbourne, Australia.

I believe in the power of language as humanity’s primary tool for understanding the world, orchestrating collective action, and anticipating the future. From editing and facilitation to storytelling, my activities aim to trigger transformative insights and craft new collective narratives that can support better global collaboration in our fast-changing environment.

I am a certified French agrégé teacher, an alumnus of Ecole Normale Supérieure, Asialink Leaders Program and the THNK School of Creative Leadership, and currently completing a PhD with Monash University on the digital ecosystem of Chinese language learning as a global public good in the making.

I started my career teaching translation, grammar and logic at Trinity College Dublin and Paris-IV Sorbonne University. I now work as editor-in-chief with the Global Challenges Foundation, inventing new models of global governance in the face of global catastrophic risk – and lead the Marco Polo Incubator, an R&D lab designing and developing new models for cross-cultural education.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with a broad range of organisations on cutting-edge endeavours, and see my initiatives acknowledged through various scholarships, grants and honours, including a listing on the Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll in 2016, and the title of New Australian of the year in 2017.

You can read more about my work in editing/curation and facilitation – or for a more intimate connection, read about my storytelling practice.

I am always open to partnerships and collaborations. If you believe that I might be of value to your organisation or project, please, contact me at julien.leyre@gmail.com.