Jean Guo founded Konexio in 2016 to promote sustainable social and economic inclusion of refugees and migrants in France. From her personal background to her work experiences, she explains her motivations behind starting Konexio and her plans for it in the coming years, which include introducing Konexio to new demographic groups such as disadvantaged youth and women seeking employment, and to new regions and countries, including Aquitaine, Hauts-de-France, and Malawi.
What is your background ?
I studied economics at Stanford University and was a recent Rubenstein fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. After finishing my studies, I worked as a consultant in Silicon Valley. Through a Fulbright fellowship, I pursued migrant-related research in France at the Paris School of Economics. My research focused on the economic and health challenges faced by migrant and refugee communities in France. Through my practical experience conducting research, I found that most existing organizations focused on refugees’ and migrants’ basic needs (food, clothing, housing), but not enough was done to foster their economic and social inclusion, which are social factors that promote long-term autonomy.