Board of Trustees

The Board of trustees is the supreme decision-making body of the Foundation. It appoints new members by cooption and elects its president in accordance with the Jacobs family council. The joint experience and expertise of the Board members must cover the Foundations entire sphere of activities and all members must be experienced in international projects.

Lavinia Jacobs
President

Lavinia Jacobs has been a member of the Board of Trustees since April 2007, and holds the position of President since April 2015. She is a freelance art consultant in Zurich. She completed a master’s degree in law at the University of Basel and a post graduate degree in Art History at the Courtauld Institute.

Patrick Aebischer
Board Member

Patrick Aebischer joined the Jacobs Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2017. Prof. Dr. med. Aebischer studied medicine and neurosciences and was President of EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne).

Nathalie Albin-Jacobs
Board Member

Nathalie Albin-Jacobs has been a member of the Board of Trustees since July 2012. She works as a PR Consultant in Zurich. Nathalie Albin-Jacobs graduated from the University of Zurich with a degree in sociology.

Hans Ambühl
Board Member

Hans Ambühl has been a member of the Board of Trustees since October 2013. He has been General Secretary of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education in Bern until 2017.

William Egbe
Board Member

William Egbe joined the Jacobs Foundation Board of Trustees in April 2015. The engineer with MBA is Group Director Strategic Planning and Sustainability for the Coca-Cola Eurasia & Africa Group.

Sandro Giuliani
Delegate of the Board / Managing Director

Sandro Giuliani, Managing Director of the Jacobs Foundation, joined the Board of Trustees in April 2015.

Dr. Joh. Christian Jacobs
Honorary Chairman

Dr. Joh. Christian Jacobs joined the Board of the Jacobs Foundation in 1995 and was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2004 and became Honorary Chairman in 2015. He was a partner at leading law firms for over 20 years, advising companies on issues of business law. Today Joh. Christian Jacobs is an entrepreneurial investor.

Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger
Board Member

Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger joined the Jacobs Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2012. The German psychologist is Director of the Center for Lifespan Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

Prof. Marta Tienda, Ph.D.
Board Member

Marta Tienda joined the Jacobs Foundation’s Board of Trustees in October 1999. She is “Maurice P. During ’22″ Professor of Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

Dr. Olaf von Maydell
Board Member

Dr. Olaf von Maydell has been a member of the Board of Trustees since May 2013. A tax consultant who holds a PhD in agricultural economics, Dr. von Maydell is a partner in the Schomerus & Partner tax consulting firm in Berlin.

Former Board of Trustees

Klaus J. Jacobs (*)
Chairman
1991 - 2007
Walther J. Jacobs (*)
Honorary Chairman
1991 - 1995
Prof. Paul B. Baltes (*)
Director Max-Plank- Institute
1989 - 2005
Prof. Jürgen Baumert2006 - 2012
Pascal Couchepin
Former President of Switzerland
2010 - 2012
Prof. Ernst Buschor
Former government member of the canton of Zurich
2010 - 2012
Flavio Cotti
Former President of Switzerland
1999 - 2010
Prof. Pierre Ducrey
University Lausanne
1989 - 1998
Dr. David A. Hamburg
President Emeritus, Carnegie Corporation of New York
1991 - 1998
Prof. Michael Hubermann (*)
Senior Reasearch Associate, Prof Harvard University
1991 - 1995
Prof. Eduardo Missoni
Prof. Bocconi University in Milan
2006 – 2011
Lázló Nagy (*)
President
1991 - 1998
Prof. Sir Michael Rutter
Institute of Phsychiatry
1998 - 2003
Prof. Heinrich Ursprung
Former Swiss State Secretary
1995 - 2003
Dr. Auma Obama2010 - 2015