Life bio

Yves is a native of Bretagne, the beautiful rocky peninsula that braves the Atlantic Ocean with a proud Celtic culture. He grew up in France on a diet of multiple cheeses, buckwheat pancakes, and Aven moules.

Yves went through the torturous French system of preparation for Grandes Ecoles, entered HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and eventually earnt a MBA in International Finance. He spent 15 months in Chicago writing a thesis on recombinant bacteria. He followed this training in genetics with stints at London Business School and at Hochschule St-Gallen (Switzerland), specializing in international management.

In 1989, Yves came hitch-hiking and ferry-hopping to Vancouver island and Vancouver. Gazing upon the ocean and mountains, he resolved, one day, to change path, and become a professor at UBC, an old dream that became true in 2001.

Upon working 4 years in Japan in the all-exciting tire business (Michelin) and becoming an expert in traditional Japanese karaoke songs, he decided to turn the page, backpack around the world for 15 months (from the summit of Anapurna to wind-swept Easter Island) and return to graduate school in political science at Stanford University.

The Ph.D. training including a one-year stint in Japan’s Ministry of Finance, a short period as visiting scholar at Korea University in Seoul, and months of interviewing at the French Treasury and with political actors in Paris. Yves also spent time at Beijing University learning the language of Mencius and later in Hong Kong researching on the broken Sino-British thru-train of the 1997 handover.

In 2004-2006, Yves was away as an Academy Scholar at Harvard University, where he launched the second project on the global politics of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), while tasting local clam chowder and Maine lobsters. On July 1st, he promoted to an Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science at UBC.

When he is not pondering issues of global governance, he may be seeking wisdom on a wind-swept summit while sipping Long-jing tea.


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