Jaap van Dam appointed new chairman of EDHEC-Risk IAB

Written on 16 Sep 2020.

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EDHEC-Risk Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Jaap van Dam from PGGM as chairman of its international advisory board.

He is the Principal Director of Investment Strategy at PGGM in the Netherlands. PGGM is a leading Dutch pension administrator with roots in the healthcare and social work sectors. It manages about €268 billion ($329 billion) in pension assets for more than 2.5 million Dutch participants. PGGM provides services in pension fund management, comprehensive asset management, management support, and policy advice to various pension funds.

“EDHEC-Risk Institute is extremely fortunate to have such an experienced and talented investment professional as the new chair of its board,” said Lionel Martellini, Professor of Finance, EDHEC Business School and Director of EDHEC-Risk Institute. He added, “Jaap van Dam has been a tremendously active board member for almost 10 years, and we look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with him. Jaap will bring a wealth of experience in sustainability, a perfect fit with our Institute’s increased focus on climate change and sustainable finance.”


Jaap said, “I am honoured to succeed Mark as the chairman of the International Advisory Board. EDHEC-Risk Institute is a leading force when it comes to developing sound, innovative thinking in the fields of finance and investing, whose current and future leaders it educates. Moreover, the staff of EDHEC-Risk and the board members are an exceptional group of people both in terms of knowledge and experience.”


As chairman, Jaap succeeds Mark Fawcett, Chief Investment Officer of NEST Corporation, the trustee body responsible for running NEST, the National Employment Savings Trust.

Jaap’s career in investment management spans more than three decades. He has held many roles within the industry, 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.

Jaap is chairman of the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) and the European chapter of the 300 Club. Jaap sits on the NEST (UK) Investment Committee and is a member of ICPM’s research committee. Together with Prof. Kees Koedijk and Prof. Alfred Slager, he authored Achieving Investment Excellence: A Practical Guide for Trustees of Pension Funds, Endowments and Foundations (2019).

The role of EDHEC-Risk Institute’s international advisory board is to consult on the relevance and goals of the research programme proposals presented by the centre’s management and to evaluate research outcomes with respect to their potential impact on industry practices. The 32 members of the board also advise on the objectives and contents of projects deriving from the expertise of the research centre.