Jean Lebel

Jean Lebel

Jean Lebel
President, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

PhD in environmental sciences from l’Université du Québec à Montréal and an MScA in occupational health sciences from McGill University

Jean Lebel is one of Canada’s strongest voices on the interface between research, development and foreign policy and on agriculture, health, inclusive economies and technology and innovation. As president of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Jean Lebel leads IDRC’s contributions to Canada’s international priorities. He is responsible for significant funding partnerships with foreign governments, philanthropic organisations, and the private sector in an institution that invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Prior to assuming the presidency of IDRC, Lebel worked in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, where he conducted ground-breaking work in agriculture and in ecosystem approaches to human-health. He has served on the boards of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research, the Centre for Global Pluralism, and the International Economic Forum of the Americas. In 2016, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation appointed him a Trudeau mentor.


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