Marketing & Communications Committee Co-Chair

Partner, Redhill Communications

Jacob starting his career as a researcher advising government agencies on how to better conceptualise, plan and execute communication strategies. He was editor of LinuxWorld and NetworkWorld inthe Middle East and Africa, deputy editor of Gulf Business. In 2007, he joined the launch team of du (www.du.ae) as Editor-in-Chief of Corporate communications.

In 2009, he joined the Government of India’s Ministry for External Affairs as Director for Africa, Middle East, Latin America – Passports and Visas. He also served in Monrovia as part of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) peacekeeping mission as communications trainer.

In 2011, joined Burson-Marsteller Middle East asa senior consultant to clients such as Etisalat, HP, Ford Motor Company, American Express, Parrot, SAS, Total, Emaar, Air Arabia, Souq.com, McDonalds, LG, ASUS, Saudi Telecom, Beiersdorf and Dubai’s EXPO 2020.

Since 2013, he has been investing and mentoring startups based in South East Asia. These include DealStreetAsia.com and MetroResidences.com – both of which he was the first investor and now in their series B stage of growth. He is a mentor at Singapore Management University Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE).

He co-founded Redhill Communications, the largest independent public relations and affairs agency advising the region’s most active and largest venture capitalists. In additions to fintech and blockchain startups such as Spark Systems, Funderbeam, Bluzelle, VeChain, etc, he also serves Emirates, General Mills, Mundipharma and others on a regional mandate. In 2017, Redhill won the Holmes Report Asia Pacific New PR agency of the year.

Jacob holds a degree in economics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and BSc Honours in International Relations at London School of Economics. He also holds a master’s degree in communications at Middlesex University, London. He is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer at Technical University, Dresden.