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Kees Koedijk

Kees Koedijk

Kees Koedijk is a professor of Finance at Utrecht 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

Alfred Slager

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 non-executive board member at ABP, the Dutch pension fund employees in the government and education sectors.
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. 

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