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Jean Paul Laurent is the Founder & CEO of Unspoken Smiles Foundation. Since its inception in 2014, Jean Paul has grown Unspoken Smiles Foundation into a reputable and impactful nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting both long-term oral health and economic security in the world’s most disadvantaged regions.
Jean Paul’s philanthropic achievements have garnered recognition from a variety of prestigious organizations including the United Nations, Clinton Foundation, Ashoka, NYU Alumni, and recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his extensive philanthropic contributions to his community and beyond. His passion for social entrepreneurship, oral health, and public-private partnership have led to Unspoken Smiles Foundation being recognized as the preeminent global hub in the field of Dentistry. As CEO, Jean Paul works across two key program areas— oral health education and prevention, and the Unspoken Smiles Fellowship—to help ensure better access to quality dental services for the greatest number of people. By developing, supporting, and incubating those initiatives, Unspoken Smiles Foundation is building confidence, improving health, and transforming futures in underserved communities across the world.
Previously, Jean Paul served as a contributing writer at HuffPost covering social impact, the future of philanthropy, and young global leaders. His work has also appeared in Thrive Global, and the New York Times, among other places.
Jean Paul holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.