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MGC 1987 Leaver

Malvern Alumnae 100 Emma Gilpin Jacobs

Emma has built her career leading global organisations in designing transformative partnerships, growing talented teams and devising and delivering creative ideas that strengthen reputation and relevance. 

As Senior Director for the Pew Trusts (including Pew Research Center), Emma currently leads the institutions' expansion in the UK and Europe. Pew is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation founded in 1948 with a mission to solve today's most challenging problems. Emma recently launched a new partnership between Pew and The Economist, The Evidence Initiative, which aims to shine a light on the use of evidence in decision-making and public policy across the G20.

Throughout her career Emma has specialised in offering strategic advice and management across media, business, politics and not-for-profits. She has served internationally for more than 20 years in a number of executive roles, predominantly for large global media companies. From 2000-2006 she was International Director of Public Affairs for Time Inc., developing Time and Fortune's European and Asian offerings.

Emma then served at the Financial Times Group between 2007 and 2013 as a member of the Executive team that successfully managed the FT’s transition to digital. Emma has also served as Strategic Communications Consultant for a number of organisations, including the office of the UK Deputy Prime Minister. She has also lived and worked in the US and Asia as well as London, where she is now based and was educated internationally until joining Malvern Girls' College in 1985, before gaining her BA in History from the University of Bristol in England.

What does success look like?

For me, success is fulfilling life’s potential - or getting as close as possible!

What is your best piece of advice?

Listen to your inner voice, trust your instincts and work hard at what those draw you to.