The corporate structure we implemented last year seems to work efficiently, however we do lack formal heads for all of the committee functions, however they are filled in on an ad-hoc basis. Going forward we may need to review the structure to take into account our London Chapter.
A4C Executive Directors
Role/responsibilities of executive directors: “het bestuur”. They act as a go-between the Independent Advisory Board and the rest of the organization. They are the legal signatories and have financial responsibilities of the accounts. They may also be members of the management board but also responsible for the overall management of the charity and direction and ensure that the managers are following the correct strategic direction. They can be removed by the independent advisory board by unanimity for misconduct, misrepresentation and breach of ethical behaviour.
Iris van de Looij
Iris is director general of the Dutch Fund and Asset Management Association (DUFAS). An association with 53 members. Representing 95% of managed assets in The Netherlands. She has more than 20 year work experience in private banking and asset management. The past years Iris worked as independent MiFID II-expert and interim manager. She worked for ABN AMRO Private Banking, KasBank and BinckBank. Before that she had several senior management positions. Like group head of investment solutions at KBL European Private Bankers, global head of product development at MeesPierson and global head of fund marketing at Fortis Investments. Iris has an economic study background with specialization in investment management. After several years of working in Luxembourg and Brussels, Iris lives with her husband in the city center of Amsterdam.
Marc de Kloe
Marc is Partner at Theta Capital Management.
He was previously Managing Director at Adamas Asset Management, an Asian based alternative asset manager and responsible for the Global Alternatives and Funds team for ABN AMRO Private Banking. He has a background in law and asset management, with over 20 years of investment experience including business development, fund management, legal, due diligence, selection, structuring, investments and ultimately sales. Marc has an LLB in English and German Law, from the University of Kent, an LLM in European Business Law from the University of Amsterdam and an MBA from Vlerick Business School. Marc is Dutch and has lived in Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg before moving to The Netherlands in 2007. Marc is married and has one son.
Valérie began her career as an auditor in 2001 with KPMG, in Zurich and worked the following 10 years in the asset management industry in different roles including audit, fund administration, due diligence, business development and investor relations.
In 2012 she switched to the art sector to offer high quality services to collectors and institutions as an art advisor. She has curated exhibitions in the Middle East, helped collectors mostly in Europe and until recently also worked for an Art Summit in Switzerland as Operation & Development Director.
Valérie settled in Amsterdam in 2006 after having lived in Switzerland, the USA and Hong Kong. Valérie holds a Master in Management from HEC Paris, a Bachelor in Modern & Contemporary Art Market, a Master in Art History and passed the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) in 2009.
Independent Advisory Board
The board’s role is to advise on our activities. Its role is to provide strategic guidance in the running of the charity and provide valuable contacts and insight to the organisation. It is not involved in the day to day business of the organization. The Advisory Board (excluding Remco Bleijs) has the power to remove executive directors or directors in the case of gross misconduct. We have an independent advisory board, which aims to meet at least twice a year. The board is made up of the following people:
Chairman Alternative Investments Group EY The Netherlands and Chairman of the Financial Services Sustainability Services Group of EY The Netherlands.
Remco Bleijs is an assurance and advisory executive director in the Financial Services practice of EY in the Netherlands. He started his career at EY in 1988. He graduated as CPA in 1999. Since 2007 Remco leads the Alternative Investment Group in the Netherlands. In 2011 he became member of the management board of the Asset Management Group in the Netherlands. In the same year Remco became responsible for the Sustainability activities of the Financial Services practice. His clients includes some of the largest Asset Managers and other financial institutions in the Netherlands and several Alternative Investment managers and service providers in the Netherlands, BBC islands, Switzerland, London and New York.
Director – Koornzaayer Foundation.
Hilde Klok developed expertise in the field health care and education in developing countries and grant-making while working as a director at the Koornzaayer Foundation trust fund. Before that she worked for an international company providing integrated solutions for the care of people with reduced mobility and related conditions. Hilde is a board member of Ariadne a European network of philanthropist inhuman rights and social change. She recently has started her own company in advising other trust funds on their strategic planning.
Institutional Business Development, Amundi Nederland.
Prior to joining Amundi, Niels worked for MN, the fiduciary manager for Dutch pension funds from 2002-2015. He held various positions in equity funds and hedge fund management of which his most recent position was Director Equities, Special Investments, and Hedge Funds, responsible for the selection of external funds and monitoring the internal asset management department. Previous to this, between 1996-2001, Niels worked with Fortis Bank as an asset manager dedicated to institutional investors, having started working in the financial sector as a bond trader at ABN Amro and IMC as an options trader. Niels holds a degree in Quantitative Business Economics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and a Master of Financial Analysis from the University of Amsterdam.
Ruud Hendriks has been working in the fund management industry for over 30 years. In the course of his international career, Ruud has held senior roles at some of the most recognized names in the business. Currently, Ruud Hendriks is Senior advisor to Lombard Odier, Senior advisor to KKR, Nonexecutive Chairman of Man’s Institutional Department, President of Man Investments SGR S.p.A., Chairman of the advisory board at Financial Assets. Previously, Ruud worked for Goldman Sachs Asset Management which he joined in 2001 as managing director, becoming co-head of sales for Europe (excluding Germany and Austria), the Middle East, and Africa in 2006. Ruud retired from Goldman Sachs in 2009. Before joining GSAM, Ruud worked for Rodamco, the property fund of the Robeco Group, between 1980 and 1996. He was a member of the Rodamco Executive Board between 1991 to 1996. He then moved to become Senior Vice President, Global Head of Institutional Sales at Robeco.
Founder and director of Privium Fund Management.
Clayton obtained a degree as Master in Business Administration from Webster University, with an emphasis in marketing and management. After working for Kas-Bank and merchant bank MeesPierson he joined Goldman Sachs as an executive director in the Equity Finance & Prime Brokerage division from 1994. In 1998 he joined Fortis as a Managing Director to set up the Prime Fund Solutions activities. After leaving in 2006 he joined Credit Agricole-Calyon as a Managing Director. In 2008 he founded Privium Fund Management and Darwin Platform, a firm that provides start up support to new investment management initiatives and offers COO support. These activities are now provided for over 30 clients, from 5 different locations with an overall asset size of $ 3 Bn.
(co-founder of A4C).
Sophie has over 20 years’ experience in asset management as well as responsible and impact investing. She is the founder of FIIND Impact, an advisory firm specialised in sustainable and impact investing. Before that, she founded Phenix Capital in 2012 and was co-CEO until March 2020. Sophie was a director at Jupiter Asset Management London, heading business development in the Netherlands from 2010 to 2012, and acting as Global Head of hedge fund sales from 2002 to 2010. She also held senior positions at Commerzbank Asset Management, incl. head of quantitative analysis from 1997 until 2002. Sophie is currently a member of the ESG committee and a former board member of the CFA society of the Netherlands. Sophie is a CFA Charterholder and holds a PhD in Finance and Econometrics from the University of Kassel in Germany. Sophie is also a director of FIIND Impact BV and FIIND Impact Foundation in the Netherlands.