‘Pension funds and trustees make a real difference to people’s retirement and well-being. We’re immensely proud of helping trustees to effectively fulfil their role in increasingly difficult times, and this book reflects our combined research and advice. We are thankful to be able to contribute the importance of improving trustees to the investment governance debate. And this is only the beginning – interest is building from all sides, participants, sponsors and governments alike. We invite you to check out the book and learn from real-life practices trustees worldwide!’
Kees Koedijk is a professor of Financial Management at TIAS Business School and Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He has won several national and international awards for his research on sustainable development. He has published extensively on finance, responsible investment and pension management.
During the last 10 years he has served at several investment committees of asset institutions and acted as consultant to international pension funds. Kees Koedijk is a co-editor of the Journal of International Money and Finance and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Portfolio Management. In 2010, Kees Koedijk published the book Investment Beliefs together with Alfred Slager. Many funds across the globe have since then adopted the framework on investment beliefs that was developed in the book.
During his career, Kees Koedijk has also acted as a serial entrepreneur in financial services. Together with Piet Eichholtz (Maastricht University), he founded the company Global Property Research (GPR) in Amsterdam in 1994, which produces leadingindexes for real estate securities worldwide. GPR is now part of Van Lanschot Kempen. In 2004 he co-founded the company, Finance Ideas, with Piet Eichholtz and Thomas Heijdendael. Finance Ideas is a financial advisory firm, which originally specialized in social real estate but increasingly acts as strategic consultant and partner to institutional investors.
Alfred Slager is a professor, economist, trustee, and advisor who has worked and published widely on issues to help pension fund boards with their strategy and investment management. He is professor at TIAS Business School, Tilburg University, and a trustee at the Dutch pension fund for general practitioners, SPH.
Alfred has performed many different roles, generally bridging academic finance and practical investing. Starting out as a portfolio manager in 1995, he spent 15 years as research analyst, investment strategist, and chief investment officer at different pension funds and investment management firms, earning his PhD cum laude in 2005.
Over the years, Alfred has advised many institutional investors on investment strategy and investment governance. He has written several books, including Investment Beliefs together with Kees Koedijk, as well as on the internationalization strategies of banks and the effectiveness of investment committees, and has acted as editor of a book on the best practices in pension investments. Alfred serves on several investment committees and supervisory boards of pension funds, as well as on the board of the Dutch CFA Society VBA Netherlands, the largest Dutch society of investment professionals which he helped merge in 2017.
Jaap van Dam is the Principal Director of Investment Strategy at PGGM in The Netherlands. He is chairman of the European chapter of ‘The 300 Club’, whose mission is to raise awareness about the potential impact of current market thinking and behaviours, and of the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO). He holds a master’s degree in Finance from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Jaap’s career in investment management spans more than three decades. His lifelong ambition is to improve institutional investment management by integrating academic insights into practice and by asking academia for help in solving practical investment challenges. Jaap has performed many roles within the field, ranging from fundamental and quantitative analysis to external manager selection and portfolio construction. He joined PGGM in 2005 as Head of Internal Equity Management. In 2006 he was appointed Chief Strategist. Notably, within PGGM he was responsible for developing PFZW’s new investment framework and Investment Strategy 2020. Jaap is a member of ICPM’s research committee and the International Advisory Board of EDHEC. To contact Jaap, please send him an email or visit his website.