Hans van Houwelingen, Actiam

Hans van Houwelingen

Since 2016, Hans van Houwelingen is Chief Executive Officer of ACTIAM, a leading SRI focused investment manager based in The Netherlands, with 56 billion euro Assets under Management. Hans received a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology and an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from INSEAD Business School. He is a CFA charter holder. He began his career with ING Group in 1999 and since 2005 fulfilled various international executive and non-executive roles in asset management and insurance, including Managing Director of NN Investment Partners, Chief Executive Officer of ING Investment Management Poland, Member of the Supervisory Board of ING Insurance Poland and Chief Executive Officer of ING Investment Management Greece.


09.40 - 10.00

News from Asia and the US

A discussion with the conference partners, NICSA and HKIFA, on the recent developments in their respective fund industries

10.00 - 10.30

Distribution trends: aviation as a reference industry

Lessons to learn from air travel industry – fundamental changes in distribution channels, direct distribution, generational shift, innovative pricing etc.

GDS, AEA and IATA are acronyms that the fund industry might not be too familiar with, however they belong to an industry that also underwent profound changes over the past decade. Changes in the global distribution systems impacted not only travelers and intermediaries, but most of all the airlines directly. Prestigious brands disappeared and made room for low cost airlines, airline mergers and alliances. Are there lessons to be learned by the fund industry?

11.00 - 11.40

Data: distribution intel - data is big, intelligence will be augmented

An examination of how data contributes to distribution. If investment decisions are based on data, for sure distribution decisions must be. In fact, as data itself is becoming an asset class, is the asset manager becoming a data manager?

11.40 - 12.20

Integration of sustainability factors in fund distribution rules

In the context of the EU Action plan on Sustainable Finance, the integration of sustainability risks and factors in MiFID II is envisaged via the introduction of mandatory assessments of client ESG preferences. How to match these subsequently with the right financial products? AIFMD and UCITS regulations will see similar developments. In practice, how will this affect distributors?

13.15 - 13.45

Lunch session sponsored and presented by ACTIAM

Sustainable Investing is the New Core
As ESG concerns increasingly dictate where people save, spend or invest, the momentum for sustainable investing will continue to grow. Question is whether Sustainable Investing will become the new Core of broad investment portfolios? Some overarching trends can be observed.

14.30 - 15.00

Young perspectives

Talk to millennials, not about them – thoughts about money and financial planning, the need for a fund shopping app etc. – what is it the young clients want?

16.00 - 16.40

Distributors take centre stage

Do investors feel they get value for money? What sells and what doesn’t? Regulation, pricing, digitalisation, investor education… what really influences fund sales?

16.40 - 17.10

Everything you always wanted to know about distribution (but were afraid to ask)

Ad-hoc session: expertise upon request