Julien Leyre

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JULIEN LEYRE is a French-Australian writer, educator and community builder. In Paris, he taught linguistics at the Sorbonne, collaborated with musicians and film-makers, and published a short novel. Since migrating to Melbourne in 2008, he has worked on a range of projects in Australia, Europe and Asia, with a focus on language, innovation and cultural appreciation.

In 2011, he founded Marco Polo Project, an organisation that brings new Chinese voices to Western audiences and designs new models for cross-cultural education. He’s enrolled in a PhD researching digital Chinese language learning tools and works as editor-in-chief with the Global Challenges Foundation in Stockholm on a quarterly publication dedicated to global governance and global catastrophic risk. Julien is an alumni of Ecole Normale Superieure, Asialink and the THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam. In 2016, he was listed on the Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll and was awarded the title of ‘New Australian of the Year’ in 2017.

Julien’s practice aims to help people living across cultures and languages build greater resilience, empathy and self-awareness. He values clarity, structures and traditions. He likes to listen and look for common ground.