Robert and Renée Drake
Bob and Renée Drake first became involved with the Weizmann Institute in 1985. He is chairman of the European Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science and vice chairman of the Weizmann Institute’s Executive Board. He is also a member of the Assets Committee, the Management Committee, and the Nominating Committee. The Drakes have given generously to many areas of science and infrastructure at the Institute, in addition to establishing two professorial chairs. Bob received a PhD honoris causa from the Weizmann Institute in 2008.
Bob’s mother, Erica Drake, whose strong ties to the Institute date back to the 1950s, was his first connection to the Institute. Erica was the first Drake to receive a PhD honoris causa from the Weizmann Institute in 2000.
Bob and Renee live in the Netherlands and have four children.