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24-25 April 2023
The Grove, Hertfordshire, England

FundFocus | Europe 2023


APR 2023

The Grove
Hertfordshire, England

An exclusive meeting of Europe's leading institutional investors and asset owners.

FundFocus | Europe is an exclusive meeting of European Pension Funds, Insurance Companies, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Foundations, Endowments and Development Finance Institutions.

​Now in its second edition, FundFocus | Europe will once more bring together institutional asset owners from across the region for high-level, peer-to-peer networking, discussion and thought-leadership facilitated through carefully formulated panel discussions, presentations and interviews.

Hosted by Connect Group, the event provides institutional asset owners, a platform to meet with their peers, exchange ideas and insights about the investment environment and share actionable strategies which can help overcome common problems faced by their institutions, in areas related to investment, asset allocation, portfolio management and ESG.

The Speakers

Previous speakers to FundFocus | Europe include:


Mascha Canio

Head of Credit & Insurance Linked Investments


Mascha Canio has been with PGGM since January 2006 and is currently the Head of Credit & Insurance Linked Investments. For more than 25 years she has been responsible for portfolio management with in-depth experience in credit, fixed income, private equity, infrastructure and insurance linked investments. Mascha is a specialist in corporate credit, emerging markets and securitisations. Her previous roles include portfolio manager at Shell Pension Fund and head of Octagon Credit Investors’ London office...


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Jacco Heemskerk

Senior Director, Head of Investment

Willis Towers Watson

Jacco (1970) started his career at ABN AMRO Bank in 1995 and held several senior positions in its Corporate & Investment banking division. In 2010, following the acquisition by RBS, he switched industries to become managing director and later an executive board member of the RBS Netherlands pension fund. Since 2017, Jacco is Head of Investment for Willis Towers Watson Netherlands, member of the Continental European Leadership team for Investment and member of the WTW Benelux Leadership Team. Jacco is also a member of the WTW Global I&D council and co-chair of its Western Europe I&D council....

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Kiran Aziz
Head of Responsible Investments


Kiran Aziz is Head of Responsible Investments at Norway’s largest pension fund. KLP has embedded ESG in the investment strategy for more than 20 years and is seen as a leading actor on responsible investments.  In her role she monitors and assesses how the investee companies maintain responsible business practices along with dialogue with the boards and managements on ESG matters in the companies on a global level. Prior to joining KLP Asset Management, Ms Aziz was lawyer, lecturer and researcher. She also has extensive board experience. She is currently on board for Norwegian Refugee Council which is one of the world`s largest humanitarian organizations for displaced people....

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Jeroen van Lom
Chief Investment Officer

Aureus Group

Chief Investment and Chief Financial Officer of Auréus Group, the second largest independent asset manager in The Netherlands. After a career in the financial industry as a prop trader, Jeroen started as a portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch in 2008. Together with a successful team he bought a stake in an independent asset manager in 2015; in 2019 he sold the company successfully to an investor and became board member in the new venture. At the end of 2021, after a total of 7 mergers, Jeroen and another board member bought back the company. Currently they hold just over 90% from the shares....

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Tine Choi Danielsen
Chief Strategist
PFA Pension


PFA is a pension company that provides pension savings, insurances, and health care products for individuals and commercial companies. With more than DKK 600 billion under management, PFA rank among the largest pension companies in Europe. Tine joined PFA as Chief Strategist in 2019. Prior to this she spent 18 years in the Nordic banking sector, latest as Global Chief Strategist in Danske Bank Wealth Management. Tine holds an MSc in Economics and an MA in East Asia Area Studies from University of Aarhus...

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"It was an interesting blend of participants. You had asset owners, fund managers and intermediaries. You also had people from a range of asset classes and backgrounds, so it was a really a good mix, and there are lots of people that are interesting to talk to in terms of investment opportunities both in the in the UK and further afield. I made some interesting connections that I'll be following up on once I get back home"

Michael Marshall
Head of Sustainable Ownership, Railpen


Participation is by invitation-only. If you have been approached by a member of the Connect Group team, please express your interest in the event to them directly. Alternatively, please reach out to us at

All requests for attendance are reviewed and subject to board approval.

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