Members of Erasmus Platform for Sustainable Value Creation

Abe de Jong

Abe de Jong is a professor of Finance at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and at Monash University (Melbourne). His research deals with financial decision-making, corporate governance and financial markets. He studies both current issues and historical settings and his work has been published in The Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, and Management Science. He is co-editor of Business History and author of a book on the history of governance and finance in the Netherlands over the 20th century (with Gerarda Westerhuis). His research relates to sustainable value creation in two ways. First, by studying the long term changes in the balance of power in corporations between managers, investors and other stakeholders. Second, by investigating the interaction between on the one hand financial innovations and financial markets and on the other hand firms – these firms may exist for two centuries partially thanks to financial innovations or be short-lived due to a financial market crash.

Dion Bongaerts

Work in progress


Karen Maas

Karen Maas holds a PhD in Economics (Corporate Social Performance: from output measurement to impact measurement). She is academic director of Impact Centre Erasmus (ICE) and Program Director of the Executive CSR program. Karen conducts research in the field of Impact measurement, Sustainability and CSR, and Impact Investing. She is an expert in mixed methods approaches and learning impact evaluations for strategy development. Karen worked with several for-profit, non-profit and financial organizations to measure their impact. Her work has been published in academic journals like Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Strategy and the Environment, Journal of Cleaner Production, American Journal of Evaluation, newspapers and online sources. Karen is a board member of IABS and EMAN (Sustainable and Environmental Management Accounting Network).  She is also a member of the Sustainable Finance Lab and Sustainable Pension Investment Lab in The Netherlands. 

Mathijs van Dijk

Mathijs van Dijk is professor of finance at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research focus is international finance and investments. He has published in leading academic journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Accounting and Economics. His research agenda on sustainable value creation has two strands. In one strand, he investigates how less-developed countries can stimulate the development of their financial sector and improve their financial structure (see Albuquerque de Sousa et al., 2017). In the other strand, he studies the implications of climate risk for asset management (jointly with Mathijs Cosemans and Dirk Schoenmaker. His study on the effect of climatic shocks on innovation has recently been accepted by PLoS ONE (De Dreu and van Dijk, 2017).


Dirk Schoenmaker

Dirk Schoenmaker is a Professor of Banking and Finance at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel and a Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Research (CEPR). He has published in the areas of central banking, financial supervision and stability, European financial integration and sustainable finance. He is co-author of two textbooks Principles of Sustainable Finance (forthcoming with Oxford University Press) and Financial Markets and Institutions: A European Perspective (Cambridge University Press).

His research and teaching relate to sustainable value creation in several ways. First, he has developed a new framework for sustainable finance, with the aim to incorporate sustainabilityinto mainstream finance. Second, he has studied the role of large shareholders in corporate governance and developed the conditions for long term value creation by companies. Third, he has analysed the opportunities and risks from sustainability for banks and other financial institutions. Finally, he promotes new, integrated thinking of all players in the financial system, including central banks, supervisors, analysts and auditors.

Willem Schramade

Willem Schramade is portfolio manager listed impact equities at NN Investment Partners. His fund aims to generate both a financial and a societal return. Previously, he was an equity analyst at Robeco, specializing in sustainability and valuation since 2011; and he held positions at GE and pwc. Willem is also involved in teaching a Sustainable Finance course at RSM Erasmus University, where he obtained his PhD in corporate finance in 2006. 

Gianfranco Gianfrate

Gianfranco Gianfrate is lecturer of finance at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He writes and researches on topics related to innovation financing, carbon finance, and the integration of environmental footprint metrics in corporate valuation. Prior to joining Erasmus University, he spent three years at the Belfer Center of the Harvard University working on the relationship between climate policies and finance. Previously, Gianfranco was also an Assistant Professor of Finance at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and a responsible investment manager at Hermes Funds Management (London, UK). Gianfranco is a research affiliate of the Aspen Institute and of SovereigNET at Tufts Fletcher School.

Mathijs Cosemans

Mathijs Cosemans is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research focuses on investments, behavioral finance, risk management, and financial econometrics. His work has been published in international refereed academic journals such as the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Banking and Finance. His research on sustainable value creation studies the implications of climate risk for financial markets and for the optimal investment strategies of long-term investors such as pension funds.

Steve Kennedy

Steve Kennedy is Associate Professor researching sustainability-oriented innovation and integrated reporting at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.  Dr Kennedy’s current research interests include how sustainability accounting and reporting may act be as a mechanism for organizational change.  In particular, he is interested in how it may foster systems thinking of organizations embedded within social-ecological systems.  His research has featured in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning and Journal of Cleaner Production.  Dr Kennedy is the Scientific Director of the Centre for Eco-Transformation and is the Academic Director of the MSc Global Business & Sustainability.  

Key Publications

Perego, P., Kennedy, S., & Whiteman, G. (2016). A lot of
icing but little cake? Taking integrated reporting forward. Journal ofcleaner production, 136, 53-64.

Kennedy, S., Whiteman, G., & van den
Ende, J. (2016). Radical innovation for sustainability: the power of strategy and open innovation. Long Range Planning.

Emilio Marti

Emilio Marti is an assistant professor at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research interests include corporate social responsibility, financial regulation, institutional theory, performativity, and socially responsible investing. He is currently conducting an ethnography (with Tanja Ohlson) at a London-based shareholder engagement fund. Emilio is also doing research (with Mark DesJardine) on the interplay between hedge fund activism and corporate social responsibility. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review and the Journal of Management Studies.

Marta Szymanowska is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and the Associate Professor of the Erasmus Initiative “Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity”. Her research interests are in asset pricing, studying and understanding the nature of macroeconomic risks, the relation between financial markets and the real economy with a particular focus on the global commodity markets. Her work has been published in leading academic journals such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Management Science. Her research agenda on commodity markets relates to sustainable value creation by focusing on how financial (commodity) markets can help to deal with large commodity price swings that jeopardize, for example, sustainable food production or the stability of emerging economies, and in this way foster sustainable and inclusive prosperity.

Arjen Mulder

Arjen Mulder is a senior lecturer of financial management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He earned his doctorate in business (PhD thesis on the private provision of public goods) at Erasmus University. His teaching interests are focused in the area of corporate finance/financial management. His research interests are in financial management, international finance, international business, and banking. Arjen has worked at the Netherlands Economic Institute (nowadays Ecorys) prior to taking his PhD.