Jean Paul Laurent is an award-winning social entrepreneur, published author, keynote speaker, devoted humanitarian, TEDx Lead Organizer, and one of the leading global oral health experts of his generation in consultative status with both the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the The United Nations Department of Global Communications (UN DGC) to help monitor and implement the international Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Jean Paul has devoted his entire professional life leveraging capitalism and philanthropy — to direct attention to people who have been left behind. Jean Paul was inspired by the unwavering smiles of the small children playing amidst Haiti's earthquake rubble and chaos. Looking at these children, his passion was clear: he wanted to preserve the quality and health of those smiles, but make sure he did whatever he could to inspire them as well. It was the duality of this moment that would give
Unspoken Smiles its name as he immediately realized “behind each smile, there’s a story waiting to be told.” Since its inception in 2014, Jean Paul has grown Unspoken Smiles 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. By developing, supporting, and incubating those initiatives, Jean Paul has improved the oral health status of over 7000 children in 8 countries across 4 continents.
Currently, Jean Paul serves as a contributing writer for Forbes Nonprofit Councils, and his work has been featured on News12, Now This, ABC, Good Morning America, Huffpost, The Grio, and the New York Times, among other places. Jean Paul is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Education program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia SIPA, and has been a frequent speaker at global conferences, colleges and Fortune 500 companies. He avidly engages with his social media and has received the nation’s most prestigious award for volunteer service in 2016, the President’s Volunteer Service Award bestowed by the office of the presidency under President Barack Obama.