Wednesday, March 4th 2020, 
Hotel Sheraton Brussels Airport

Rob Drijkoningen

Global Co-Head Emerging Markets Debt
Neuberger Berman

Bio:

Rob Drijkoningen, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2013. Rob is a Co-Head of the Emerging Markets Debt team and Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for over $22.7 bn in AuM in EMD¹ and 30 investment professionals. Rob joined the firm after working at ING Investment Management for almost 18 years,most recently as the global co-head of the Emerging Markets Debt team responsible for managing over $16 billion in assets. In 1990, Rob began his career on the sell-side at Nomura and Goldman Sachs, after which he became senior investment manager for global fixed income at ING Investment Management. In 1997 he became global head of the Emerging Markets Debt team and in 2004 was named global head of the Emerging Markets Debt and High Yield teams. From 2007 through 2009 Rob created and led ING Investment Management’s Multi-Asset Group in Europe, managing mandates across asset classes including fixed income, equities, real estate and commodities. In 2009 he was appointed global head of emerging markets for both emerging markets equity and debt strategies. Rob earned his Macro-Economics degree from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and has authored numerous articles on emerging markets debt subjects. He is DSI qualified.


Presentation:
"Experience with ESG in Emerging Markets Debt."

Developments in applying ESG to financial markets evolve rapidly. Are Emerging Markets able and willing to engage with this theme and can they afford to do so? In our presentation, we will go into the risk-based framework we apply to around 80 different Emerging Markets on the Sovereign level as well as the Corporate issuers that are part of this universe. We will elaborate on the empirical evidence, the data providers and analysis needed to come to an outcome that is consistent with the preferences of our investor base. While there is no one-size fits all solution, convergence and transparency of methods chosen will increasingly mark stronger delineations between integration, sustainable and impact strategies. We view engagement options in Emerging Markets as opposed to pure exclusions as a far better way to improve standards in the world we live in. As such in our presentation, we will build the case to invest in Emerging Markets Debt as an active stakeholder and how we apply this approach in different strategies on our EMD platform including our best-in-class strategy via our EMD Sustainable Investment Grade Blend Fund.


Neuberger Berman:

Neuberger Berman was founded in 1939 to do one thing: deliver compelling investment results for our clients over the long term. This remains our singular purpose today, driven by a culture rooted in deep fundamental research, the pursuit of investment insight and continuous innovation on behalf of clients, and facilitated by the free exchange of ideas across the organization.
As a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager, Neuberger Berman is structurally aligned with the long-term interests of our clients. We have no external parent or public shareholders to serve, nor other lines of business to distract us from our core mission. And with our employees and their families invested alongside our clients—plus 100% of employee deferred cash compensation directly linked to team and firm strategies—we are truly in this together.
From offices in 35 cities worldwide, Neuberger Berman manages a range of equity, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund strategies on behalf of institutions, advisors and individual investors worldwide. With more than 600 investment professionals and more than 2,100 employees in total, Neuberger Berman has built a diverse team of individuals united in their commitment to client outcomes and investment excellence. Our culture has afforded us enviable retention rates among our senior investment staff and has earned us citations in the top-ranked firms (among those with 1,000 or more employees) in the Pensions & Investments “Best Places to Work in Money Management” survey each year since 2013.