Investors had the chance to join private chat rooms with speakers and their peers to discuss the themes of the conference including the fallout of the US election and what their outlook is for 2021. Using special networking technology this dedicated session allowed for interactivity among delegates to discuss key themes. The “rooms” or “tables” were hosted by leading investors from around the world.
Van Dam is an experienced and innovative director of strategy. He is the investment director responsible for developing and benchmarking PGGM’s investment practice in order to stay best practice. He is currently working on PFZW’s investment strategy 2025. Van Dam has broad knowledge and experience on strategy, investment policy formulation, asset allocation and value chain design. In 2013 he was voted CIO / “Investment Head of the Year” by aiCIO. Current other activities include being chair of the VBDO, the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development, Chairman of the European Chapter of the 300 Club and member of the research committee at the International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM). Together with Kees Koedijk and Alfred Slager he authored “Achieving Investment Excellence: A Practical Guide for Trustees of Pension Funds, Endowments and Foundations.”
He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Walker is responsible for the investments of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme and the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme. Prior to joining CPT, he was managing director and global chief investment officer of the Univest Company, Unilever’s internal investment group. He joined Unilever from Mercer, where he was a partner and head of the London Investment Consulting Unit. Walker has more than 20 years of experience in actuarial, pensions and investment work. He is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a member of the 300 Club.
Williams joined RPMI Railpen in 2014 and became CIO is 2018. Previously he held senior portfolio management positions at BlueCrest Capital Management (UK) LLP and at Fischer Francis Trees & Watts. At both firms he managed global fixed income portfolios for Railpen. He began his career as a consulting actuary and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Williams is also an experienced non-executive director and adviser. He is currently chairman of the Nestlé UK Pension Fund investment committee, a member of The Health Foundation’s investment committee and a trustee of Lincoln College Oxford 2027 Trust.