In 1950, he convinced Bengt Sjostrand from Sweden to meet him in Stockholm to discuss the creation of a student NGO dedicated to international understanding. This meeting resulted in having him as AIESEC’s first Presiding Country Committee President. In 1951, he organized and chaired the first official AIESEC meeting of this new NGO in Paris, mainly with Swedish, German and French delegates who previously have done initial work within the same lines as Jean’s vision of an international organization focused on reconciliation and understanding. From then on, Jean has been heavily involved with the organization, eventually becoming the first AIESEC International Alumni Association President in 1987.
As the founder of AIESEC, Jean’s vision for a global, independent, non-political, non-religious, and gender-equal organization became a reality through his efforts in bringing together key youth leaders around Europe during AIESEC’s forming years. His countless efforts and unconditional support have allowed AIESEC to be the organization it is today. This includes helping form AIESEC in Mainland of China in 1966, He mentions that ”it was not an easy path, but we certainly achieved something which today is probably unique of its kind in the world.”
Jean finished his studies at the SCP Business School, Paris in 1951 and then was selected to be a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas, USA from 1952- 1953. He then spent 25 years in the fashion and textile world as a marketing and commercial manager and then spent 10 years in a construction firm in charge of its international development initiatives. Jean has then become a consultant for international commercial negotiations.