Investment Insights for Dutch Pension Funds & Institutional Investors


21 September 2017
Amsterdam – Apollo Hotel



Investment Insights for Dutch Pension Funds & Institutional Investors

08.30    :    Registration and Coffee


09.00    :    Welcome & Opening Remarks


TrevorTrevor Cook, Managing Director, Specialist Pension Services





09.05   :      Keynote Address & Impact Investing


Marcel Jeucken Moderator: Marcel Jeucken, Managing Director Responsible Investing, PGGM





Fieke van der LecqFieke van der Lecq, Crown Member, SER; Professor of Pension Markets, VU


Innovation in Dutch Pensions: Sustainability of Plans and Investments

SER proposals for a new pension system are due early Autumn. What do they reveal and how does this tie into long term sustainable pension investment?  


9.40    :      Global Equity Impact Investing: Panel session 


Ross McSkimmingRoss McSkimming, Investment Director, Equities, Standard Life Investments





Louise Kooy-Henckel, Investment Director, Equities, Wellington Management




Marieke Francois, Impact Investing Manager, Phenix Capital





Aglae Martin-BallestroAglae Martin-Ballestro, Analyst & SRI Coordinator, ABN Amro Investment Solutions 




  • Why is it important to harness the power of capital markets to solve some of the world's problems? 
  • Why fundamental research is key to assessing financial returns and quantifying impact
  • The importance of reporting
  • Why should trustees care about impact investing?
  • What are the opportunities, challenges and critical questions to ask of both investment managers and pension fund colleagues?
  • Bringing impact investing to the mainstream
  • Building infrastructure: partnering, connecting and educating
  • Selecting managers for listed equity impact investing - practical considerations


10.55     :    Coffee/Tea


11.25     :    Session 2:  Equity Investment Strategies


Moderator: Ramon Tol, Senior Fund Manager Equities, Blue Sky Group





christopher schaeferChristopher Schaefer, Senior Portfolio Manager, Union Investment


European Stocks back in the Spotlight: Why Investors are taking another Look


  • Topics and trends: Scrutinizing the key drivers for European equities
  • Regions, sectors, styles: What's hot, what's not?
  • Generating alpha: On the advantages of comprehensive fundamental analysis and sophisticated stock selection
  • Adding value: Displaying the true benefits of active management for equity portfolios



Andres Perez Andres Perez, Associate Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments



De-globalisation, Technology and Implications for Global Investing


  •  Approaching the tipping point?  Examining market & political forces in de-globalisation
  •  Impact on employment, wages, corporate profits and returns
  •  How AI / Technology may upend previous norms
  •  Identifying winners and losers: benefits and risks by industry, market and corporate structure


12.40     :     Drinks and Lunch


13.50    :     Session 3:  Approaches to Active & Passive Investing


HeadshotModerator:  Wouter Weijand, Chief Investment Officer, Providence Capital





Ankul DagaAnkul Daga, Senior Investment Strategist, Vanguard Asset Management


Making the Implicit Explicit

The Active-Passive Decision

Investing actively is rarely an either/or decision. This session discusses the active-passive decision in terms of portfolio construction. We present a framework to help decide on the investment approach and highlight the key success factors for active investing.



Jennie Austin

Jennie Austin, Director, Asset Owner Group Europe, FTSE Russell


Smart Beta meets Sustainability

The 2017 FTSE Russell Global Smart Beta Survey showed that 60% of EMEA respondents are looking to place ESG considerations into their smart beta strategies; motivated by investment led, rather than social or ethical reasons. This talk will look at combining ESG considerations with multi-factor preferences to create a single index solution.


15.10         Coffee/Tea


15.30         Session 4:  Panel Discussion


Martijn VijverModerator: Martjin Vijver, Senior Fund Manager, MN




Current Issues of concern for Dutch Pension Fund Investors

Investors will discuss current investment priorities and topics of interest for their pension fund. Topics to be covered include:


Incorporating sustainable investment in a fixed income portfolio.



Alex Neve Alex Neve, Director of Fixed Income, Univest





Jacco HeemskerkJacco Heemskerk, Chair, Cindu Pension Fund; President, CFA Society Netherlands





Roland van den Brink Roland van den Brink, Manager Investments, Appolaris




16.30    :    Drinks Reception & Close of Conference



This conference aims to examine a range of topical investment issues relevant to Dutch pension funds and other institutional investors.


The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors. If you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are usually available to genuine pension fund representatives (executives and trustees) and other approved institutional investors. However, to ensure we have room for as many funds as possible, we have to limit free places to 2 attendees per approved organisation thereafter a reduced rate fee is payable per delegate. Furthermore, SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.


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