Inge Jacobs has an academic background in law, with master’s degrees both in human rights and public health. Inge has an extensive experience leading, implementing and evaluating programs that improve the lives of vulnerable people, with a passion for increasing the rights and quality of life of women and children. In her work, she has been providing leadership that enhances outcomes and ensures the success of critical development programs in remote areas such as the Peruvian Andes, in urban settings in Honduras or rural areas in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire. From training women of community-based help-centers for children and women on child protection and women’s rights to training Government staff on Early Childhood Development in Burkina Faso, Inge has extensive experience in capacity building and strengthening of community organizations, monitoring and evaluation, results-based management as well as forming strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in benefit of the programs and projects she led. Inge covers broad knowledge and experience on human rights and women and children´s rights in particular, gender, community development, capacity building and health systems strengthening, HIV/Aids, and social and behavior change communication processes.
She has been working for Mars for six years in Cote d’Ivoire and has taken up a role as Mars Wrigley Confectionary’s Global Senior Manager Human Rights and Income for Cocoa as of July 2018. Her work has focused on gender, income, child labor and social development topics, developing and implementing strategies to contribute to ensuring human rights are protected and farmers achieve a decent standard of living in Mars’ cocoa supply chain.