As the Principal Director of Investment Strategy at PGGM, one of the largest pension fund managers in the Netherlands, van Dam is responsible for formulating and implementing strategic change for the group’s investment management practice.
Beginning his career at Algemene Bank Nederland in 1987, van Dam has also held roles at MeesPierson, VermogensGroep and Zanders & Partners, prior to PGGM.
The 300 Club believes economic and investment trends are set to change the investing landscape over the next two decades, heading towards a turning point that presents huge risks to ordinary savers. The Club was formed to respond to an urgent need for experienced investment professionals to raise uncomfortable and fundamental questions about the very foundations of the investment landscape and investing.
Jaap van Dam said: “In joining the 300 Club, I will be collaborating with peers to challenge the theories and practices entrenched in today’s investment industry. Investors face significant risks over the coming years and it is crucial that we seek to improve our decision-making and risk management approaches.”
Stefan Dunatov, Chairman of the 300 Club, commented: “As someone with experience in initiating a strategic change agenda, such as his current work in integrating climate risks at PGGM, Jaap van Dam is a great addition to our ever-growing 300 Club. We welcome Jaap and look forward to working with him to continue to raise awareness around key issues in the investment industry.”
The 300 Club members continue to publish a series of papers which focus on some of the challenges being faced, including dynamic asset allocation, risk management, manager selection, principal-agency relationship, long-horizon investing and client engagement.