Harald Walkate, '01

Senior Vice-President - Head of Responsible Investment, AEGON Asset Management

Harald Walkate has a longstanding interest in sustainability issues and has been specializing in responsible investment and ESG since 2009, when he joined AEGON Asset Management (AAM) as head of the corporate office. In this role, Walkate was involved in a variety of initiatives around strategy and governance, including the implementation of a responsible investment framework.  In October 2011, Walkate was appointed head of responsible investment for AAM. Walkate combines his activities in responsible investment with the role of SVP Strategy & New Business Initiatives.

A former corporate attorney with Allen & Overy, Walkate also has significant experience in international business development (M&A, joint ventures, greenfields), in particular in the Central & Eastern European region, and holds a law degree (Leiden University, the Netherlands) and an MBA (University of Chicago – Booth School of Business). Walkate is a member of the advisory board of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, and chairman of the research committee at Eumedion, the Dutch institutional investor platform for governance and sustainability. In addition, Walkate holds a number of advisory and supervisory positions at non-profit organizations.