Through Infinsus I provide in-depth and independent advice on integrating finance and sustainability. My purpose is to stimulate better informed, integrated decision-making to enhance long term outcomes and generate positive impact benefitting all stakeholders. I founded Infinsus in 2019 and I am the company’s sole owner and sole advisor. My name is Erik Breen.
I have 24 years of experience in asset management, especially in integrating finance and sustainability. I have been at the forefront of global developments in corporate governance, responsible investment, stewardship and sustainability and impact investing. I have international experience as board member in developing and challenging strategy, in promoting effective risk oversight and in fostering open board cultures. In 2019 I founded Infinsus, which is dedicated to integrating finance and sustainability.
My career started at Robeco in 1996 and I held various positions as Fund Manager at the investment department. I initiated and founded Robeco’s voting and engagement activities in 2004 and I was directly involved in the acquisition of SAM. I was the architect behind Robeco’s Responsible Investment strategy and personally wrote most of the policies which still apply today. I provided strategic advice to a breadth of Robeco’s institutional clients on deploying and embedding responsible investing. In 2013 I left Robeco in my last position as Senior Vice President and Head of the Responsible Investing department.
I joined Triodos Investment Management in 2014 as Manager SRI to develop a more integrated investment strategy for Triodos IM’s equities and bond funds, resulting in insourcing asset management. I have built a solid and experienced team of portfolio managers and analysts, implemented the technical infrastructure and embedded the legal requirements into the new department’s policies and processes. More integrated investment analysis and engagement enabled more positive impact through investing in listed equities and bonds. I founded and chaired Triodos IM’s Investment Policy Committee. During my tenure the assets under management in the SRI funds almost tripled. I left Triodos IM in 2019 in my last position as Director of Impact Equities & Bonds.
I am an experienced board member, both nationally and internationally. I am Chair of the Integrated Reporting Framework Panel since 2016. Prior to that I have been a Council Member of the IIRC (2013-2016). In 2011 I became a Governor of International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). Three years later, in 2014, I became Chair of the Board of Governors until reaching the statutory maximum board tenure of six year in 2017. I was Treasurer and a member of the Executive Board of Eumedion (2011-2017).
I hold a Master of Econometrics from the University of Groningen, earned an EFFAS CFA and have been actively registered as fund manager with the Dutch Securities Institute (DSI) from 2001 until 2019. I have given several guest lectures at Nyenrode University and previously at Erasmus University and RSM. I contributed to various books and articles and am a member of the Nyenrode Corporate Governance Institute. I was acknowledged in 2011 as recipient of the Rising Stars of Corporate Governance Award, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management.