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Nathalie Jacobs New Member of Jacobs Foundation’s Board of Trustees

The daughter of the Jacobs Foundation’s founder joins the board effective July 1, 2012.

Ms. Jacobs is the daughter of the Foundation’s founder, Klaus J. Jacobs. A Swiss journalist, she is employed by Tamedia AG in Zurich.

Dr. Christian Jacobs, Chairman of the Board, commented, “I am delighted that my sister Nathalie is joining us in the leadership of the Jacobs Foundation and its activities, effective immediately. The Jacobs Foundation stands for knowledge‐based innovation, and seeks to improve the living conditions of young people worldwide through intervention programs and public discussion. As a journalist, Nathalie will focus particularly on maintaining and expanding the Foundation’s capacity for dialogue. She will also assist the Foundation in designing and promoting programs to help young people become productive members of society.”

Nathalie Jacobs was born in Switzerland in 1985. She graduated from the University of Zurich with a degree in sociology. In her earlier work for Adecco, she gained expertise in marketing and human resources. She began her career in journalism as a free‐lance contributor to the newspaper Studierende Zeitung (SZ) at the University of Zurich. “I am looking forward to contributing to the work of the Jacobs Foundation as a member of the Board of Trustees. The Foundation is committed to helping children and youth take advantage of their full potential, a cause that is close to my heart. It is important, after all, not only to have opportunities, but also to be able to make the best possible use of those opportunities,” says Nathalie Jacobs.

The new Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation as of July 2012

  • Dr. Johann Christian Jacobs (Chairman of the Board of Trustees) Partner, White & Case, Attorneys at Law; Hamburg, Germany
  • Professor Dr. Ernst Buschor Former Councilor and Director of Education for the Canton of Zurich; Zollikerberg, Switzerland
  • Lavinia Jacobs Independent Art Consultant; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Nathalie Jacobs Journalist; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Professor Dr. Ulman Lindenberger Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development; Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Auma Obama Global Technical Advisor, CARE International; Nairobi, Kenya
  • Professor Marta Tienda, PH.D. Professor at Princeton University; Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  • Professor Laura Tyson, Ph.D. Professor at the Haas School of Business, University of California; Berkeley, California, USA

About the Jacobs Foundation

The Zurich‐based private Jacobs Foundation was established in 1988 by entrepreneur Klaus J . Jacobs. Ever s ince, the foundation has focused its efforts on the development of children and youth. The Jacobs Foundation supports research projects, intervention programs and scientific institutions with 35 million Swiss francs per year. As far as its methods and approaches are concerned, the foundation is particularly committed to scientific excellence and evidence‐based findings. With its investment of EUR 200 million in the Jacobs University Bremen in Germany (2006), it set new standards in the area of private funding.