A graduate of King’s College, Cambridge, UK, Jonathan holds an honours degree in English literature. At Cambridge he won the King’s College James Prize and the Cambridge University T.R. Henn Prize, both for creative writing. On graduating, he was awarded a Harper-Wood Travelling Studentship for English Poetry and Literature by St John’s College, Cambridge. He was the recipient of a Hawthornden Creative Writing Fellowship in 1987 and has over 150 individual publications to his name, in fields ranging from poetry through short stories to essays and translations.

Over the past 30 years, Jonathan has supported organizations as diverse as Air Products, Inc., AkzoNobel, Amway, Bekaert, Brit Insurance Holdings, Canada Life, Cargill, Corbion, Cargolux Airlines S.A., Carl Freudenberg, DSM, Forestwise, GAIN (The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), EUROFORUM GmbH, GlaxoSmithKline, Henkel Teroson GmbH, Johnson & Johnson, Karger, Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Merck, The Natural History Museum, The Perspectivity Foundation, Norwich Union Life, Novartis, Rousselot, Shell, Sight and Life, SAP, TNO, Triangular World, the United Nations (the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement and the Food and Agriculture Organization) and Vitamin Angels.

Jonathan taught at the University of Heidelberg during the 1990s, working at both the English Faculty and the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting. He is fluent in German and French.