About me

Jacob
On the cover of The Independent, Education Section, September 2005.

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In 2013 I joined the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, a corporate venture capital fund investing in for-profit education in the developing world.

I identify and evaluate investment opportunities and provide operating support to portfolio companies. I focus especially on low cost private schools and education technology in Asia and Africa, aiming to meet a growing demand for affordable education services which serve ‘bottom of the pyramid’ consumers.

I’ve taught History and Politics to 11-18 year olds and am an alumni of Teach First. I was a founding director of a new school which opened in 2013 in one of the UK’s most deprived boroughs. I’ve been an education speechwriter for the British peer Lord Puttnam, visited dozens of schools around the world, and this year co-authored a winning paper on the future of education for the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. In 2010 I was a guest on panels hosted by Channel 4 at the Labour and Lib Dem Party conferences debating ‘the digital generation’.

Before joining Pearson I developed digital products for the international education charity Teach For All. I have lived and worked on four continents.

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