staying the course: biographies

Dr. André Kuipers


Astronaut & ambassadeur van de aarde

Dr. André Kuipers (1958) is de eerste Nederlander met twee ruimtemissies op zijn naam. Zijn tweede missie brak het record van de langste Europese ruimtevlucht tot dan toe. In totaal bracht de ESA-astronaut 204 dagen in de ruimte door: 11 dagen tijdens missie DELTA in 2004 en 193 dagen tijdens missie PromISSe. Na jaren van training in Houston, Moskou, Keulen, Montreal en Tokio werd André, samen met een Russische en Amerikaanse collega, op 21 december 2011 voor de tweede keer gelanceerd met een Russische Soyoez-raket. Twee dagen later arriveerde hij in het internationale ruimtestation ISS om daar een half jaar te wonen en te werken. Aan boord was hij niet alleen arts en wetenschapper, maar ook boordingenieur en onderhoudsmonteur. Op 1 juli 2012 keerde André terug en landde met zijn ruimtecapsule in de Kazachse steppe. 

Vanuit de ruimte zag hij hoe kwetsbaar onze planeet is. Hoe flinterdun de dampkring is die al het leven op aarde mogelijk maakt. Dat bossen verdwijnen omdat mensen ze kappen. Hoe luchtvervuiling boven de grote steden toeneemt en lichtvervuiling in de nacht. André Kuipers wil mensen en ondernemingen laten zien dat innovatieve technieken en maatregelen om het tij te keren echt werken en zij daar zelf veel aan kunnen doen.

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Manuel Adamini


Head Engagement, Climate Bond Initiative

Manuel is a recognized expert in responsible investing and climate change. He has a deep understanding of climate-related investment risks and opportunities, with a focus on green bonds.

His presentations are a passionate wake-up call to the urgency of climate change. They are a deeply personal cri de cœur. But they also guide us to the many solutions – and related investment opportunities - already available to fight climate change. 

Manuel is a frequent speaker and moderator at large high-level conferences as well as smaller roundtable working sessions. He has contributed to numerous publications in international and Dutch retail and institutional media, both mainstream and specialised, by interview or through his own submissions. Manuel can fluently present in Dutch, German and English, and can take questions in French.

Manuel works as a Director at the Climate Bonds Initiative, a London-based not-for-profit acting as a global thought leader on climate finance. He is responsible for global partnerships and investor networks. 

Before, he had served as Head of Responsible Investing at Dutch EUR 55 bln asset manager ACTIAM. He had served as an (alternate) member on the prestigious Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (EITI) International Board, representing 90 investors globally worth USD 19 trillion. Earlier in his career, Manuel had worked with Fortis, at the time a major international bank-assurance company, where he had initiated and implemented a global climate strategy. 

Manuel is a German citizen living in the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in International Management from Maastricht University, and has also studied at Université de Montréal in Canada and at Aachen University in Germany. He has fluent command of the Dutch, German and English languages, and a professional working proficiency in French.

Manuel not only delivers a shocking and deeply personal wake-up call to the horror of run-away climate change. He also makes laymen understand scientific insight, makes you see what solutions we have, and how they need to be financed. He will show what you can do to contribute to the fight against climate change – as an organization, as an employee, as a citizen.

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Marcel de Berg


Strategic transition ConnActor

Since 1993, Marcel has a focus on sustainable investment for a resilient pension within a liveable society.

He supports socially sustainable transitions as a 'connactor' (contraction of 'connect' and 'act') within 21C. Partly by stimulating a free space where companies, research institutes, governments, citizens, asset managers and pension funds can join forces around societal challenges. The view that a sustainable and more stable prosperity can only be achieved through a joint effort is laid down in the mission of Stichting Nulpuntnul (ZeroDotZero), of which Marcel is co-founder. 

Recently he worked at Appolaris for the past ten years, the executive organization for the pension fund for employees in the pharmacy sector, as an investment manager and strategist and previous amongst others for PGGM and with IDEAM the sustainable subsidiary of Amundi.

Marcel holds an Msc in Quantitative Business Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is a qualified investment professional.

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Anna de Jong-Wakley


Head of Sales and Solutions BeNeLux at LOIM

Anna joined the firm in 2016 and has a solutions background. She was previously an executive director at Nomura for quantitative derivative strategies within the solutions department. She has also held roles within the equity derivatives division of Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. She began her career at ABN AMRO asset management in quant strategy.

Anna truly cares about her environment and the community. In 2014, she was pivotal for the set-up of Launch22, a charity offering affordable workspace and mentoring for young entrepreneurs from challenging backgrounds. She is also a volunteer for Lambeth council focusing on activities that improve the environment and bringing communities closer together.

Anna holds an Msc in Finance and Risk Management from the University of Groningen.

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Lisa Eichler


Co-head Strategic Climate Solutions at Ortec Finance

Lisa Eichler’s (Msc Environmental Management, MA Global Public Policy, Duke University, USA) main expertise centers on policy, economic and financial analysis of topics relevant for the transition towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. In particular, Lisa’s main interest and experience over the past 10 years focuses on climate change adaptation and its interlinkages with disaster risk and resilience, as well as biodiversity / natural capital. Lisa also managed an innovative modelling approach (using IO and

CGE models) for assessing the direct and indirect economic, social and environmental impacts of climate extremes.

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Don Gerritsen


Head of Benelux, PRI

Don oversees PRI’s practices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Previously he was responsible for PRI’s global asset owner programme and its asset owner insight team. Prior to joining the PRI in London, Don worked as a strategy consultant with KPMG and as programme manager with the Dutch Investors Association for Sustainable Development. Before that, he held various roles at the United Nations. Alongside PRI, Don works as guest lecturer active ownership of investments at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His educational background is in investment management, international law and public administration.

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Anne Gram


Independent investment expert and internal supervisor

Anne Gram has worked for more than 25 years in the financial sector, since 2006 as independent advisor and internal supervisor to a variety of pension funds. Prior to that, Anne had held roles ranging from portfolio manager to director of investments at a number of asset managers including ABN Amro, Fortis MeesPierson and Robeco. Anne is co-founder and past president of the CFA Society of The Netherlands and has also served on the board of VBA and as columnist for more than 10 years for De Financiële Telegraaf. 

In her role as expert in investment committees an important goal has been to put sustainability high on the agenda in the board rooms. Anne is convinced pension funds and other financial sector actors can also play an important role in contributing to a liveable world for future generations.  She encourages and helps pension funds to set out ESG policies and translate these into actionable goals. 

Anne holds a masters' degree in International Economics from the Copenhagen Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Dr. Foort Hamelink


ESG research and Solutions at LOIM

Foort joined Lombard Odier in 1999 where he co-setup the Quant franchise, managing equity and fixed income portfolios in a fully systematic way. Ten years later he joined the newly created Fiduciary Management team in the Netherlands as Portfolio Constructor, integrating quantitative approaches at the assets and liabilities sides of pension funds and insurance companies. Since 2017 Foort is responsible for integrating LOIM’s ESG expertise within tailor-made equities and fixed income solutions for large institutional clients, including pension funds and insurance companies under Solvency II. Foort also coordinates Lombard Odier’s ESG and Quantitative Research among investment teams, as well as Lombard Odier’s Academic Board.

Foort earned a PhD in finance from the University of Geneva in 1997, holds a master's degree in economics and finance and a bachelor's degree in econometrics. He is also part-time Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam since 2000, where he is lecturing in Finance and Real Estate.

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Dr. Carolina Minio-Paluello


Global Head of Solutions, Limited Partner at LOIM

Prior to joining LOIM in 2013, Carolina was managing director for quantitative investment strategies at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Before that, she was a capital market research associate in the strategic investment advisory group at JP Morgan Investment Management from 1999 to 2000. She began her career as a lecturer in equity investment and investment management at London Business School in 1993.

Carolina earned a PhD in finance from London Business School in 1998. She also holds a master’s degree in finance from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Université Libre de Bruxelles.

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Willemijn Slingenberg-Verdegaal


Co-head Strategic Climate Solutions at Ortec Finance

Willemijn studied economics at the University of Utrecht and the London School of Economics. Together with Lisa Eichler she drives the integration of climate risk and sustainability across Ortec Finance’s investment decision tooling, especially in forward looking scenario based strategic modelling tools (ALM/SAA analysis). Before joining Ortec Finance, she was a member of the Responsible Investment team at MN services. She has also held a role as senior policy advisor on climate finance at the ministry of finance where she was responsible for mobilising the Dutch contribution to international climate finance.

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Maarten Vleeschhouwer


Policy Officer at the European Commission

Maarten works on implementing the Action Plan on Sustainable Finance. Maarten works in particular on the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, which focuses on an EU taxonomy, an EU Green Bond Standard, low-carbon benchmarks and metrics for climate-related disclosures. Maarten is seconded to the Commission on behalf of De Nederlandsche Bank, the Dutch central bank and supervisor of banks, pension funds and insurance companies. Maarten worked on sustainable finance and climate risks at DNB before joining the Commission. Maarten is one of the authors of DNB’s report of climate-related risks in the Dutch financial, called ‘Waterproof?’. Maarten also served as special advisor on sustainable finance to DNB board member Frank Elderson.

Maarten holds an MA in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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