Jean-Jacques Rousseau, PhD, MBA

Technical Advisor in Innovation, Science and Competitiveness, Office of the President of the Republic of Haiti

Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a philosopher of science who applies theories of scientific change to innovation issues at the intersection of tech, entrepreneurship and big ideas. He is currently Technical Advisor in Innovation, Science and Competitiveness to the President of the Republic of Haiti.

His broad interests led him to hold senior positions in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He interned at Canada’s largest performing talent agency, was an economist responsible for infrastructure financing and non-tax revenue policy, a community safety advisor to the Deputy Minister, and senior manager responsible for investment attraction for the Province of Ontario (Canada). He also acted as Director of government affairs at Innovative Medicines Canada (formerly Rx&D), the country’s pharmaceutical industry association.

Jean-Jacques holds a B.A. in Law and B.A. (High Honours) in Philosophy from Carleton University, MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and PhD from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. He also completed intensive summer school programs in the philosophy of physics at the University of Geneva and in physics education at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

An active member of the community, Jean-Jacques is Vice-Chair of the Board at CARE for Internationally Educated Nurses, Member of the Board of Directors of the Groupe Média TFO and Past Chair of the Board at Obsidian Theatre. He also teaches innovation and entrepreneurship at Université Quisqueya.

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