An International Political & Business Consultant for most of his career, Jean-Jacques Vitrac is founder and President of Euro PacRim International, a California corporation.
Executive director and international marketing professor at the Institute of Business Management in France (Institut Français de Gestion, Paris), he wrote his first book Discover Export (Découvrez lExportation- Editions Chiron, Paris 1974) when he joined Bernard Krief International as a business & political consultant.
Vitrac conducted successful political campaigns for some major politicians, cities and regions in France. He also formed and chaired a team of experts for the French Central Bank to study multinational business and worldwide financial strategies (1974-78). International companies such as Aérospatiale (EADS & Airbus Industries), Institut Pasteur and Fiskars have been among his business clients.
In California, Vitrac has conducted international hightech and biotech trade missions to Europe for the State Economic Development Commission, under Governor Pete Wilson. He has also offered his extensive experience in international marketing to develop and promote business and economic opportunities between Europe, the US and Japan, opening new foreign markets to corporate America. In 1989, he co-authored Doing Business in California, a book published by the French Government (CFCE). He served on the Board of the East Bay International Trade Council in Oakland (1996-97).
Vitrac has worked with elected officials in Europe and in the US to develop agriculture, business, tourism and international trade on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1989, he organized a tele-video conference between California, Paris and Brussels, to discuss hightech and biotech development. This global event, co-chaired by Senator Barry M. Goldwater and sponsored by the Bank of California and A.T. & T., was conducted with the Contra Costa Council and the EEC in Paris and Brussels. Several hundred business leaders and representatives of the World Technology Executive Network (WorldTEN) attended the conference.
Between 1982 and 2000, Vitrac developed an international business incubator in California for European start-ups, offering them access to the American and Pacific Rim markets.
Jean-Jacques Vitrac has over 30 years experience in world politics and international business development. He has worked in Africa and Latin America as well as in Europe and the US.
As Development Officer for Europe & Africa and Economic Affairs Director of Junior Chamber International (JCI), Vitrac organized international development conferences in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Tunis (Tunisia) and Casablanca (Morocco) between 1968 and 1972. He worked extensively throughout Africa and Latin America, offering leadership training and economic development seminars to the local leadership, often in liaison with the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. As a non-governmental organization (NGO), JCI has a Consultative Status with the Economic & Social Council (EcoSoc) and cooperation agreements with UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNICEF.
JCI is a worldwide network of nearly quarter of a million members in more than one hundred countries, with well over a million alumni. The JCI Mission is to contribute to the advancement of the global community by providing its members with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurship and fellowship necessary to create a positive change, to lead their communities, their countries and the world towards increasing prosperity and lasting peace.
Vitrac also served on the European Board of LEntreprise de Demain in Brussels (Forum for Tomorrow), a global think tank specialized in economic & social futurology. Vitrac is the founder of Forum for Tomorrow in France (1973) and in the US (1980). With Forum for Tomorrow he has been working with King Baudouin of Belgium as well as with other world leaders to meet the increasingly urgent global challenges threatening the future of humanity and the ecology of the planet.
By encouraging international marketing and system thinking for post-graduate students and corporate executives in France and in the US, Vitrac has allowed them to better understand complex global issues and to develop strategies to address them.
By developing an international business incubator for European and Japanese start-ups in California, Vitrac has allowed these companies to expand, create jobs in the US as well as in their home country, and gain new market shares worldwide.
Today, Vitrac is bringing cross-disciplinary creativity to bear on the new and most diverse situations clients face worldwide. He is specialized in strategic and global business alliances, sustainable energy development (wind & solar), food & agriculture development, global strategic planning, water resource evaluation, conservation & technology, environmental and waste management. He is particularly interested to develop economically depressed regions or countries, to build business development strategies, to bring real estate investment and to develop tourism as a source of economic growth. To achieve such goals, he is working with global business, investors, developers and politicians, often building private-public partnerships.