Jakob Hanke Vela is a trade reporter for POLITICO.
Prior to joining POLITICO, Jakob was at the Axel Springer Academy in Berlin, where he worked for the dailies Die Welt and Bild and led a team of eight young journalists to attract five million readers a month to a new online magazine for young people, BYou. Jakob studied Economics and Philosophy at Humboldt University and was a scholar of the Studienstiftung. During his studies, he worked as a producer for the international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Jakob was born in Brussels to a Spanish mother and a German father. He speaks fluent Spanish, German, French and English.