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Jean Paul Laurent

Jean Paul Laurent is an Award-Winning Social Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Author, Artist, and Humanitarian. As an undergraduate at NYU’s College of Dentistry, Jean Paul Laurent’s life was transformed when he traveled to his homeland of Haiti following the tragic 2010 earthquake. While there, he was inspired by the unwavering smiles of young children as they played amid the rubble and devastation around them. Many of them were suffering from severe tooth decay. 

Watch how Jean Paul Laurent went from tragedy to global activism

Looking at these children, Jean Paul resolved to preserve the quality and health of their smiles and those of disadvantaged children around the world--and Unspoken Smiles  was born.

Widely recognized for his bold vision, humanitarian work and  innovative approaches, Jean Paul has garnered many recognitions and awards as a thought leader. He was named MIPAD Global Top 100 list (The Most Influential People of African Descent), Humanitarian of the Year, Clinton Foundation “Honor Rolls”, NYU and City Tech Alumni of the Year, Trust Changemaker (Thomson Reuters Foundation). He has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his extensive philanthropic contributions to his community and beyond. Jean Paul has been featured in numerous publications, including Now This, Forbes, HuffPost, The New York Times,  and more.

Jean Paul lives in New York City and  holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

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