Former PGGM manager named European liaison for GIIN

The Global Impact Investing Network has named PGGM senior innovation manager Wouter Koelewijn as its European liaison to focus on building partnerships in the Benelux region.

New York-based The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has appointed former PGGM manager Wouter Koelewijn as its global liaison for Europe, it said.

Koelewijn, who was most recently a senior innovation manager at the Dutch pension asset manager PGGM, will be based in Amsterdam and focus on Benelux to help GIIN establish partnerships and to promote impact investing.

He will also collaborate with GIIN’s other liaisons such as Ingo Weber in Zurich, Anil Sinha in India, and the GIIN teams in London and New York. GIIN is looking into adding an East Africa liaison, it said.

At PGGM, Koelewijn worked on innovations in responsible investing and investments with social or environmental impact, GIIN said. While there, he took courses in “Investing for Environmental and Social Impact” at Maastricht University, “New Product Development & Innovation” at Nijenrode Business University and “Collective Pensions” at SPO Stichting Pensioenopleidingen, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Before PGGM, Koelewijn was Deloitte’s senior consultant for corporate strategy and business development. He has also supported the steering committee of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, according to GIIN.

“His commitment to impact investing is second-to-none and we are delighted to have him deepening our engagement in the Benelux region,” GIIN chief executive and co-founder Amit Bouri said.

GIIN is a nonprofit network aimed at promoting impact investing through education and research initiatives including its impact investor survey “Eyes on the Horizon” co-authored by JPMorgan and a collaboration with Cambridge Associates for “Introducing the Impact Investing Benchmark.”