Professor at Erasmus University, External Senior Advisor to EY, Supervisory Board Member ING
Former Prime Minister of The Netherlands

Prof. dr. Jan Peter Balkenende (1956) was partner at EY between 2011 and 2016, where he focused on corporate responsibility, foreign affairs and other topics on the edge of the public and private sector. He has been External Senior Advisor at EY Since July 1st 2016.

He is also president of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), a cooperation of eight Dutch multinationals who share and develop knowledge about the integration of sustainability and corporate social responsibility in the strategies and business models of companies.

DSGC consists of Unilever, DSM, AKZO-NOBEL, Friesland Campina, Philips, Shell, KLM and Heineken and is supported by VNO-NCW and facilitated by EY.

Prof. dr. Jan Peter Balkenende was municipal councilor in Amstelveen and a member of Parliament. He was prime minister of the Netherlands and minister of General Affairs from 2002 until 2010 and in this role also president of the Innovation Platform.

He has been professor of Governance, Institutions and Internationalisation at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam since 2010. From September 1st 2017 he has also joined the Supervisory Board of the Dutch retail bank ING.

He studied economic and social history and Dutch law and received his Ph.D. on ‘Government regulation and social organisations’ from the VU University Amsterdam. He worked at de Academische Raad (the Academic Council), the Academic Institute for CDA (Christian Democratic Appeal), and as an Associate Professor at the VU University Amsterdam.

Prior to his role as prime minister he published articles about various topics such as innovation, European integration, development aid, public-private cooperation, social security, government finance, economic growth, economic trust and the role of business in society.

Prof. dr. Jan Peter Balkenende received five honorary PhD’s from universities in Hungary, Japan, South-Korea and the United States.

Speaking at the Following:

Feb 6

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Setting the Scene: The European Political and Economic Situation

09:00 AM – 10:15AM
Royal Lancaster London

Against a backdrop of protectionism and populism, the risks facing today’s global economy extend further than shifts in the financial markets. The tensions related to international trade between the US and China – the world’s two largest economies - are rising, while Europe’s growth rate is expected to slow, exacerbated by the uncertainty provided by Brexit and broader political instability. Will the increase in downside risks hasten the end of this economic cycle? What will be the effect of the reaction against globalisation from populist movements in the markets? What will be the impact on financial markets, including real estate?