Having worked for Shell in Dubai, Qatar, Singapore and Australia, financial business economist Edwin Kunkels (51) has now returned to the Netherlands. He is currently working as VP Group Reporting & Deputy Controller in The Hague. The chairmanship of the investment committee is one of the responsibilities of this most recent SSPF board member.
"I have always been very interested in everything having to do with pensions and investing. That's why I was very excited last autumn to be given the opportunity to become an SSPF board member. I have been a 'trainee' since April. I brushed up my Dutch pension knowledge by following several pension seminars, because a lot has changed over these past few years. And of course, I had to take an aptitude test at The Dutch Central Bank (DNB)."
"After studying financial business economics in Rotterdam, I completed my training as a Chartered Accountant. My graduation thesis was about pensions, which further fuelled my interest in this field. My first job was at PwC, my main clients were NAM/Shell and DuPont, including the DuPont pension fund. After six years at PwC I took a sabbatical and travelled around the world with my girlfriend; as the English say, 'on a shoestring'. I had a great time, including travelling through China for almost six months."
“Within SSPF, we have set a number of priorities: securing a value guaranteed pension, socially responsible investing and implementation of the new Pension Agreement”
"I started working for Shell in 2002, mostly because of its international background. The beauty of it was: I started in the investment department as a private equity manager for pension fund SSPF! After that I worked for Shell in Dubai, Qatar, Singapore and Australia, where I held financial positions ranging from Controller, Head of M&A to CFO of a joint venture. In 2020 we returned to the Netherlands, where I currently work as VP Group Reporting & Deputy Controller in The Hague. The children went to secondary school, so this was a natural transition. That I am now returning in the role of chairman of the SSPF Investment Committee feels like returning home."
"Within SSPF, we have set a number of priorities: securing a value guaranteed pension, socially responsible investing and implementation of the new Pension Agreement. Here, our goal is to integrate ESG factors into all our investment decisions and thereby pursue important ESG topics and preferences of our participants. In this way, we not only adhere to the increasing European legislation in this area, but also see it as an important part of our social responsibility. All in all, I think it is great to be back at SSPF after twenty years. The world has changed a lot in that time, also in terms of pension governance and regulations. I am therefore honoured to join the SSPF board."