18 November 2022 News Finance and Capital Markets

Laudes Foundation appoints Nando van Kleeff to key financial market transformation role

Laudes Foundation is delighted to welcome institutional investment specialist, Nando van Kleeff, to its expanding finance and capital markets transformation programme. 

Nando takes up the newly created role of senior programme manager for the ‘Investor and Industry Action’ grants. The core part of this role will be working with partners – and developing new partnerships – to integrate Paris compliance into the investment value chain and help mobilise investors to reallocate capital equitably. 

Nando joins with a notable track record in climate finance, having most recently set up the climate finance strategy at IKEA Foundation. Prior to this, he worked in the asset management industry for AEGON Asset Management, ABN AMRO and MN. At MN Nando was part of the responsible investment team which designed and executed responsible investment policies for Dutch pension funds. 

Welcoming the appointment, director of finance and capital markets transformation, Kelly Clark says:

“Nando’s appointment is a significant statement of intent for Laudes Foundation’s evolving strategy. In order to secure a future where global markets value all people and respect nature, we urgently need to transform finance and capital markets to align economic incentives with the drivers of an inclusive, circular and decarbonised economy.  

“Nando has valuable industry experience and clear ambition to transform the investment sector. He will work alongside partners to mobilise and challenge the players in the sector, so that they start changing their own business models and behaviours to support a just transition.” 

Nando says:

“I strongly believe that philanthropy can and should influence the way the financial system supports the real economy, so that sustainable economic activity is financed. I am delighted to continue my philanthropic work in the climate finance sector at Laudes Foundation.” 

The current economic system is driving climate change and exacerbating inequality. It operates under a series of flawed assumptions: that resources are infinite, that costs can be cut at the expense of working conditions, and that businesses – especially publicly traded businesses – must respond to short-term cycles and other misaligned incentives.  

Laudes Foundation’s finance and capital markets transformation programme works with and across all relevant actors in business, industry, policy and civil society; to develop, test and implement new economic models, policies and regulations. This programme has ambitious objectives to alter the systemic drivers of finance and make it work for nature, climate and society.