Jean Mallebay-Vacqueur, the Honorary Consul of France in Michigan, will be honored as the sixth recipient of Lawrence Technological University’s Global Citizen Award, to be presented on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the start of a new academic year.
The award presentation will be made at LTU’s annual Convocation ceremony for more than 500 first-year students and their families, at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 in the Don Ridler Field House on LTU’s campus in Southfield. An audience of more than 1,200 people is expected.
Lawrence Tech President Virinder Moudgil established the Global Citizen Award in 2014 to recognize individuals who have shown great character and leadership in addressing global issues and promoting international and social understanding. This award is given annually to a person who demonstrates the passion and energy to make a positive impact on humanity through collaborative enterprise and spirit.
The event will also mark the conclusion of the annual President’s Global Village Project for LTU students. This year the project will have nearly 100 LTU students participating, giving them the opportunity to experience different cultures and build friendships through Detroit tours, visits to religious institutions, poetry readings in native languages, and other activities over three days.
Mallebay-Vacqueur was appointed French Honorary Consul in Michigan in June 2017. Like his predecessors, Robert Weyhing and Pascal Goachet, he holds France’s Consulate at Clark Hill PLC, a 125-year-old international law firm headquartered in downtown Detroit.
Since 2018, he has served as executive partner of A&A LLC, an intellectual property law firm based in Chicago. A&A collects, sorts out, packages, and monetizes inventions focusing on energy efficiency.
Mallebay-Vacqueur retired from Chrysler in 2008. His 40-year career in the automotive world spanned four continents and most areas of the business, from finance to manufacturing, and from international operations to engineering. He was active in major industry events, such as the 1979 takeover of American Motors by Renault; the 1980 initiation of Beijing Jeep in China; the 1981 robotizations of Renault factories in Douai and Flins, France; the 1985 reorganization of Renault by mission platforms vs. traditional functional areas, which improved vehicle development; protocols that dramatically shortened the time from concept to market for the Dodge Viper; the 1991 Chrysler TeVan EPIC, the first electric vehicle to be fully certified for sale in the modern era; 1993 improvements at Chrysler Laboratories which earned Auburn Hills the Best Technical Center in the World overall award in 2000; the integration of digital and experimental simulation technologies; and Chrysler racing efforts.
Mallebay-Vacqueur has also been involved in professional organizations like U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium and the Electric Power Research Institute, as well as the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program and FIRST Robotics.
Mallebay-Vacqueur holds two patents and has written several scholarly articles. He holds a degree in business law from the University of Paris – Pantheon Sorbonne and an MBA from INSEAD, the Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (French for "European Institute of Business Administration"), regarded as one of the best business schools in the world. He also has a master’s degree in engineering from Ecole Spéciale de Mécanique et d’Electricité in Paris. His early schooling was global, attending schools in Vietnam, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali. He served two years in Mauretania for his French National Duty, and still embraces with passion West Africa, its opportunities and challenges.
As honorary consul, Mallebay-Vacqueur provides services for French people in Michigan and to Americans wanting to engage in France’s opportunities.