Jean is a lecturer at Southern Cross University, the founder and Chair of the community resilience-building charity Plan C, the CEO of Safer Future, an online platform that helps individuals prepare for future crises from a place of deep peace, a firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW, and a dad of two young boys. Before this, he spent 15 years working as an international aid worker in war and disaster zones, including Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Congo, Haiti, Iraq, North Korea, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and more. All of this informs his interest in climate action, community regeneration, resilience, and non-traditional security. He has published several academic and non-academic papers, all focusing on catastrophic disruptions and ways forward.
2005 Laureate of the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation