Helma Verkouw


As an ESG/Impact knowledge specialist Helma develops sustainable investment solutions for her client portfolios and she manages client relations. She is co-founder and lead member of Russell Investments´ Sustainability Council since 2009 and was appointed to the Russell Global Responsible Investment Committee in 2016 deciding on Responsible/ESG company-wide house view and managing RI/ESG client product development.

Prior to Russell Investments, Helma spent eight years at Dutch Achmea Group; the first year as a management trainee and two years in the role of pension specialist for the Achmea insurance company.

Later she moved on to Achmea Asset Management and worked in different roles, for the global implementation team, in transition management, in Dutch equity portfolio management and after that for the client relationship team. Five years later she accepted a role as senior client relationship manager for Dutch pension funds at the UK company F&C Asset Management.

In the subsequent roles she had during her career, Helma built up good contacts with institutional investors in the Dutch and Nordic pension industry. Having a background of twenty three year experience in different roles in the asset management industry certainly helps in understanding the true needs of institutional clients.