Jacob is partnerships manager at the Academy of Ideas. He was previously a consultant at SHM, a strategy consultancy specialising in using insights into human motivation to help organisations solve complex human-centred problems. Prior to joining SHM as a consultant, Jacob read the BPhil in philosophy at St Cross College, Oxford, and developed a special interest in political philosophy and continental philosophy, especially the work of Hannah Arendt. Prior to Oxford, Jacob read politics and philosophy at the University of Sheffield, where he was part of a group of friends who ran the Sheffield Salon, modelled on the Salons of Enlightenment Europe.
Jacob has produced previous Battle of Ideas sessions on copyright, irony and misanthropy, and convenes Academy in One Day and Living Freedom, projects aimed at revitalising higher education around liberal, humanist and critical ideals. He spends his spare time drinking coffee and arguing about philosophy.