Jacob is head of policy for the think tank MCC Brussels, an organisation founded to shake up the ‘Brussels bubble’ through in depth exploration of the major challenges facing Europe. He was previously partnerships manager at the Academy of Ideas, and is now an associate fellow. He is a writer and commentator on issues related to the Culture War, literature, and geopolitics. He has an academic background in philosophy, with a BPhil from St Cross College, Oxford where he specialised in the work of Hannah Arendt.

Jacob is a volunteer convenor of The Academy, a weekend residential summer school for free thinkers who want to understand the historical roots of current issues. He has a commercial background in strategy consulting, helping businesses adapt to the digital world. He spends his spare time drinking coffee, cooking, and learning Ukrainian, which he did not expect to become as useful as it has.

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