As Head of Climate Research within Ortec Finance’s Climate & ESG Solutions, Bert is responsible for ensuring the latest climate knowledge and research is effectively integrated into its investment decision-making technology and solutions. He leads a team of professionals to undertake ongoing advanced research followed by its translation into forward-looking models.Bert joined Ortec Finance in 1995 and has advised financial institutions around the world on the impact of climate risk, and the steps that can be taken to improve their portfolio’s climate resilience and achieve net-zero alignment. Prior to joining the Climate & ESG solutions team, he held various roles at Ortec Finance where he advised large insurance companies on their risk management, lead its research center, and managed the Real Estate Management team, advising housing associations and other real estate investors.
Bert holds a Master of Econometrics and a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Groningen and is currently lecturing in Econometrics and Finance at the University of Groningen. His PhD research titled ‘N.E.W.S. a model for the evaluation of non-life insurance companies’ was awarded the Ernst Meyer Prize 1997 from the Geneva Association for the best European research in the field of insurance economics.