studied Law at the Catholic University of Leuven and Social Policy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He joined the diplomatic service in 1986. Amb. Jacobs served at the embassies in Ireland, Canada and Czechia, and managed the department for bilateral relations with EU member-states that were candidates at that point. From 2002 to 2007, Amb. Jacobs held various positions at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU. From 2007 to 2011, he was Counsel General in Morocco. From 2011 to 2014, he was director for economic and currency union, European social and environment policy at the Belgian MFA. In 2014, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belgium to Ukraine.