Meet the team

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Meet the team

Introducing the Management Board

Yvonne Bakkum

Managing Director

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Yvonne Bakkum has been the Managing Director and Chair to the Management Board of FMO Investment Management since October 2012. With the team, she is responsible for FMO’s institutional fund management business. FMO Investment Management is developing and marketing sustainable emerging markets propositions, matching FMO’s expertise with investors’ appetite in selected sectors, products and regions. 

Yvonne is a member of the PRI Asset Owner Advisory Committee and a Member of the Board of the EDFI Management Company.

Prior to this, she was Director Private Equity at FMO for more than 5 years. FMO’s private equity team manages a portfolio of both direct and fund investments totaling more than EUR 1.2 billion in committed capital. The portfolio has grown significantly during recent years, notably in Africa. FMO’s focus sectors are financial sector, renewable energy, and agribusiness, food & water. In private equity, FMO also supports funds with a more generic approach and pursues co-investments in diverse sectors.

Upon joining FMO in 2001, Yvonne worked for 4 years as Senior Investment Officer and Manager Business Development Latin America, where she was responsible for acquisition, structuring and monitoring of structured finance transactions in the Andean and Mercosur countries. In 2005, she became Manager Credit Analysis and Deputy Chairman of FMO’s Investment Committee.

Yvonne started her career with ABN AMRO Bank in 1992, where she held various positions with a focus on corporate finance and project finance in emerging markets. A keen interest to resume and deepen her professional involvement in emerging markets triggered the transfer from ABN AMRO to FMO in 2001.

She holds a Masters’ degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

E-mail: Y.Bakkum[at]fmo.nl 
Phone: +31 70 314 9802
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Nic Wessemius

Business Development Manager

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Since 2012 Nic has worked as a Business Development Manager for FMO Investment Management. As member of the Management Board of FMO Investment Management his specific responsibilities are developing fund strategies, investor relations and portfolio management.

Nic joined FMO in 2005 as a Senior Investment Officer at the Financial Markets team. In this position, he was responsible for loan syndications in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. He also worked on various structured finance solutions for microfinance and SME portfolios such as CLOs and first loss products.

Before joining FMO Nic worked as Assistant Director for a total of 8 years in the equity capital markets joint venture between ABN Amro Bank and Rothschild. For approximately 5 years Nic was based in London, where his specific assignment was to work on pan-European equity syndication, UK brokerage and convertible bond origination. Nic was also seconded to New York for an extended period to oversee the integration of the European equity syndication activity after ABN’s disposal of the US equity business.

Nic holds a Masters' degree in Economics from the University of Groningen

E-mail: N.Wessemius[at]fmo.nl
Phone: +31 70 314 9567
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John Verlinde

Risk & Finance Manager

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Since 2012 John has worked as a Risk & Finance Manager for FMO Investment Management. As member of the Management Board of FMO Investment Management he is responsible for risk management, finance, legal, compliance, treasury and ICT. In this capacity he is also responsible for the risk profile of FMO Investment Management and the license under which FMO investment Management operates. 

John joined FMO in 2007 as a Senior Finance & Control Officer at the Finance and Reporting department. In this position, he was responsible for financial reporting, investment valuation and IFRS compliance of both the bank and the government funds it manages. John also served as a member of FMO’s pension committee.  

Before joining FMO John worked for 3 years as a senior financial auditor with EY servicing large multinational companies in the financial sector (banking, insurance and asset management). Through this work, John has extensive knowledge of national and international law and regulations including IFRS, USGAAP WFT and SOX. In 2000 John started his career at Accon AVM audit & advisory where he serviced mainly clients in the SME segment.

John holds a Masters' degree in Business Economics from the University of Amsterdam and a Postgraduate Master in Audit and Control from the Amsterdam Business School.

E-mail: J.Verlinde[at]fmo.nl
Phone: +31 70 314 9683
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Eveline Allon-van Veelen

Management Board Member

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 Eveline Allon joined the Managment Board of FMO Investment Management in 2015. She has been Director Human Resources of FMO since October 2012. In this role she is responsible for the Human Resources of FMO with over 400 fte staff. Next to heading a team of 9 HR professionals, Eveline is part of FMO’s senior management level and as HR director an important advisor to FMO's Management Board. This experience is what she adds to the Board of FMO Investment Management.

Eveline joined FMO in 2010. Prior to FMO Eveline held a variety of HR positions for more than 13 years within AEGON Nederland N.V. such as senior HR Advisor and Compensation & Benefits specialist.

She holds a Masters’ degree in Civil Law from Leiden University.

...and the other team members of
FMO Investment Management are:

Martine van Aalst-Ebbers

Investor Relations support officer

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 As Investor Relations Support Officer, Martine is responsible for the marketing and communications aspects, focusing on market research and external and internal communications.

In her previous position at FMO Martine worked for 6 years at the Marketing & Communications department where she was responsible for, among other things, annual reporting, maintaining the FMO website and internal communications. Martine first joined FMO in 2001 and has held several positions throughout the organization.

Before Martine joined FMO she worked for DTZ Zadelhoff, a commercial property real estate agent, and the Sheraton Pulitzer Hotel.

Martine holds several qualifications in the fields of tourism, administration and communications.

E-mail: M.van.Aalst-Ebbers[at]fmo.nl
Phone: +31 70 314 9502
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Mark-Simon Benjamins

Investment Manager - Private Equity

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 As Investment Manager at FMO Investment Management, Mark-Simon is responsible for the co-ordination of FMO’s activities related to the future Equity propositions.

E-mail: M.Benjamins[at]fmo.nl
Phone: +31 70 314 97 51 
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Joris Daniels

Compliance Officer

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 As Compliance Officer Joris supports FMO Investement Management with his knowledgde and experience on all compliance related matters.

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Jeroen Essink

Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel

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 Since 2015 Jeroen is Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel for FMO IM. In these capacities he is responsible for advising on corporate, legal and regulatory matters and for corporate housekeeping.

Jeroen joined FMO in 2011 as Legal Counsel at the Legal & Compliance department. In this position he was responsible for handling legal matters in debt and private equity (fund) transactions. Jeroen was also involved in the establishment and licensing of FMO Investment Management.

Prior to joining FMO, Jeroen worked for a Dutch law firm for 5 years of which 4 years as a lawyer where he specialized in mergers & acquisitions, corporate and commercial law.

Jeroen holds a masters’ degree in civil law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

E-mail: J.Essink[at]fmo.nl
Phone:+31 70 314 95 37
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Eva Failé-Kok

Senior Portfolio Analyst

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 Eva is a Senior Portfolio Analyst at FMO Investment Management. She is responsible for the co-ordination of FMO’s activities related to the ACTIAM-FMO SME Finance Fund, working closely with investment officers focused on sourcing potential investments and monitoring existing investments.

Prior to this, she was Senior Portfolio Analyst at FMO’s Agency Desk, where she was responsible for coordination with co-lenders and participants in syndicated transactions after contracting.

Before joining FMO, Eva was working at the Credit and Agency Services department within NIBC Bank in The Netherlands.

She holds a Bachelors’ degree in Commercial Economics from the ‘’De Haagse Hogeschool’’ in The Hague. (The Hague University of Applied Sciences)

E-mail: E.Faile[at]fmo.nl
Phone: +31 70 314 98 58
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Erik Smeets

Investment Manager - Debt

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As Investment Manager at FMO Investment Management, Erik is responsible for the co-ordination of FMO’s activities related to the debt funds, working closely with investment teams that focus on sourcing eligible investments for these funds. Erik is responsible for the preparation of the investment advices that FMO Investment Management provides to the debt fund investment committees on suitable fund investments. In addition, Erik participates in investor facing activities.

Before joining FMO Investment Management in 2015, Erik worked as Senior Investment Officer at FMO for in total almost nine years. In this role he was responsible for building relationships with clients in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and for arranging adequate financial solutions for these clients. Specifically, Erik handled the relationship with larger clients and handled more complicated transactions.

Prior to this, he spent 3 years as credit analyst where he covered the whole spectrum of FMO’s portfolio assessing investment proposals, acting as advisor to FMO’s Investment Committee.

Erik started his career in 1997 as Account Manager at FGH Bank N.V., a Rabobank real estate financing subsidiary where he was responsible for building and maintaining client relationships in the Dutch real estate sector and for arranging adequate financial support of these clients for their real estate investments.

He holds a Master of Science in International Economics and Economic Geography from the University of Utrecht.

E-mail: E.Smeets[at]fmo.nl
Phone: +31 70 314 97 92
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Jan Weilers

Portfolio Analyst

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 Jan is a Portfolio Analyst at FMO Investment Management. He is responsible for the administration of the active funds in the portfolio as for performing data analyses and designing financial models.

Jan joined FMO Investment Management in 2015. Before Jan worked at several positions in Fund Administration and Accounting at Citco Fund Services Europe B.V., a renowned Hedge Fund administrator, for almost 6 years.  In his last position as Fund Accounting Supervisor Jan was in charge of important client relationships and the training and coaching of junior staff.

Jan holds a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration from the Hotelschool The Hague.

E-mail: J.Weilers[at]fmo.nl
Phone: +31 70 314 9558
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