Patrick Aebischer joins Jacobs Foundation’s Board of Trustees

Zurich – Patrick Aebischer has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation, as of January 1, 2017. Prof. Dr. med. Aebischer was President of EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne / Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne ). Patrick Aebischer has studied medicine and neurosciences at the universities of Fribourg and Geneva. He succeeds Prof. Laura Tyson, who retires from the Board of Jacobs Foundation.

“Patrick Aebischer brings with him a wealth of experience both with the Swiss and the West African educational system, and he is very well connected in the Swiss economy. The Jacobs Foundation strives to combine a science-driven approach and practical intervention in an international context with discourse in politics and societies. With his entrepreneurial spirit and his scientific background in neurosciences, Patrick will help to promote the programs of the Jacobs Foundation in Switzerland, Ivory Coast and beyond”, says Lavinia Jacobs, Chair of the Jacobs Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “On this occasion, we would like to thank Laura Tyson very much for her valuable support over the past years, and we wish her all the best for the future.”

Patrick Aebischer has worked as a professor at Brown University (Rhode Island, USA). From 2000 till 2016, he was President of EPFL. Patrick Aebischer conducts research on the molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Lonza Group, Nestlé, Logitech and Amazentis, a start-up biotechnology firm he has founded. He is also a member of various scientific advisory boards, such as the Advisory Board Novartis Venture Fund (as chairman) and the Singapore International Advisory Committee for Biomedical Sciences.

The new Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation as of January 2017:

  • Lavinia Jacobs (Chair of the Board of Trustees)
    Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr. Patrick Aebischer
    Professor at EPFL; Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Hans Ambühl
    General Secretary of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK);
    Bern, Switzerland
  • William Egbe
    Investor; Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sandro Giuliani
    Delegate of the Board and Managing Director Jacobs Foundation;
    Zurich, Switzerland
  • Nathalie Jacobs
    PR Consultant; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr. Ulman Lindenberger
    Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development; Berlin, Germany
  • Marta Tienda, Ph.D.
    Professor at Princeton University; Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  • Olaf von Maydell
    Partner at Schomerus & Partner; Berlin, Germany
  • Joh. Christian Jacobs (Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees)
    Investor; Hamburg, Germany

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