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Professor Mathijs van Dijk from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) will join the board of the Dutch network for studies on pensions, aging and retirement (Netspar) as scientific director from 1 January 2021 onwards. As professor of finance, Van Dijk brings valuable expertise in the field of sustainable investing to Netspar. He will also focus on new science funding.

Prof. Van Dijk is enthusiastic about his new part-time position. “As scientific director of Netspar, I look forward to contributing to the connection between science and practice when it comes to socially relevant themes in the area of pensions, such as sustainability,” he says. Mathijs will remain associated with RSM as a professor.

The RSM professor fills the vacancy that arose after Professor Marike Knoef took office as director in September 2020. Professor Knoef: "We think Mathijs is the ideal candidate for this position. He has a glorious scientific career. That is very valuable for our research proposals for scientific grants. In addition, his experience with other scientific disciplines is relevant for Netspar as a multidisciplinary network. Mathijs can also explain his knowledge well and in an accessible way.”

The Netspar management board also consists of Professor Theo Nijman (research director) and Peter Gaillard (operations director).

About Mathijs van Dijk

Mathijs van Dijk is professor of finance at RSM with a focus on financial markets. He is currently also vice-chairman of RSM’s Finance department. His research focuses mainly on international finance and investments, with a specific focus on sustainability. Prof. Van Dijk previously received a Vidi grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO), and was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS). He has published in highly regarded academic journals such as the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. In addition, he has experience in broadly sharing scientific insights, for example in collaboration with the Universiteit van Nederland, TEDx and recently during the PensioenPro conference on climate. Netspar recently awarded Mathijs the short-term project "Do more sustainable companies perform better during the corona crisis?" and the multi-year project "Climate risks in investment portfolios".

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

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