Director of Product Innovation & Market Access, Merck for Mothers
Jeff Jacobs joined Merck for Mothers in 2014 and is responsible for the end-to-end management and market introduction of products and technologies that seek to reduce maternal mortality in partnership with public and private partners. This work includes the coordination of internal and external stakeholders across work streams that include product development, supply chain, affordability, market shaping and market introduction.
As a Merck pharmaceutical executive, Jeff has held a variety of positions in the areas of regional leadership, marketing, health policy and corporate responsibility. Jeff most recently held regional responsibility for Latin America and the Caribbean for virology (HIV and Hepatitis). Earlier in his career, he managed the Company's longest running corporate responsibility project, the Mectizan Donation Program focused on river blindness (onchocerciasis). Jeff has a keen interest in expanding access to quality treatment. He has held positions based in Latin America and Central Asia/Caucuses as well as other roles with responsibility for Asia and Africa.
Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Jeff worked for World Learning, a non-profit supporting nascent, local organizations in the former Soviet Union and for CARE International, where he managed humanitarian assistance programs in the same region. He joined CARE, initially, in Togo, West Africa, supporting the implementation of various development projects, with a primary focus on micro-enterprise. Jeff's initial entry into the development field was in Côte d‘Ivoire, working on micro-enterprise development.
Jeff holds a Masters in International Management from THUNDERBIRD School of Global Management and a Bachelors in International Studies from the School for International Training (World Learning).