OPEN Fellow – Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud


Academic Qualifications 2021 D. Litt. Sustainable Development & Business Education, Westminster University, UK. 1983. MSc. Forestry and its Relation to Land Management: Oxford University, UK. Awarded Essay Prize 1981 BA Hons. (11.i) International Development School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK. Awarded Kent County Council Scholarship. 1974 Teaching Diploma: The Royal Society of Arts (RSA Dip.TEFL)

Other Qualifications 2014. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Trainer, Mindful Academy, Spain. Registered Meditation Teacher, Yoga Alliance, UK 2001 – 2014

Continuous Professional Development: 1. Findhorn College: Biomimicry for Educators Certificate; 2. University of Cambridge: Business and Environment Certificate Programme; 3. Schumacher College: Love in Action – A guide to sacred activism with Andrew Harvey; 4. Forum for the Future: ‘Reconnections’ A Sustainable Business Course 5. Mindful Academy: Mindfulness Based Interventions – Teacher Assessment 6. Centre of Excellence: Shinrin Yoku/Ecotherapy Diploma

Interests & Passions

Exploring the inner dimensions of change , and the associated contemplative and other practices required, to help birth a future that is just and good for people and the planet. It is our collective mindsets and heartsets that shape the world for better or worse, hence the importance of inner change for the outer world.


Professor of Sustainable Business, and Regenerative Entrepreneurship, with degrees from the universities of Westminster; Oxford; and East Anglia; and a Diploma in Education from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He has worked as a Director of international development and conservation, on programmes in Nepal, Rwanda, Kenya, Cameroon and Western Europe. For 27 years he was a Director at WWF International, leading on Forest Conservation and Management; Sustainable Development; Corporate Relations; Business Partnerships; and Higher Education. Jean-Paul is co-founder of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); the award-winning One Planet MBA, developed with the University of Exeter; and Founding President of OPEN for Business (One Planet Education Networks). He is Visiting Professor at Business School Lausanne, Switzerland; Fribourg School of Management (HEG), Fribourg, Switzerland; and formerly at Audencia School of Management, Nantes, France. Jean-Paul is also a lifelong student of the world’s wisdom traditions with experience designing and leading education programmes, experiential learning workshops, and contemplative retreats. He is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction trainer (MBSR) registered with The Yoga Alliance; and a qualified English Language teacher. Languages English (native speaker), French (native speaker), Spanish (working knowledge), Nepali (working knowledge)

Why am I an OPEN fellow?

As one of the founders of OPEN, I would like to help the organisation flourish and grow.

How can I help change agents?

Through coaching/mentoring and sharing the experience I have gained as a professional change agent over several decades.

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