DGBW Session: Banking for Better

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New developments in the field of sustainable buildings and sustainable financing will have consequences for the role of banks in the (near) future.

Are the current green financial instruments innovative enough to stimulate the right system transition for the building sector? And what is the impact of these developments for our customers in real estate and building?

DGBW Session speakers

Petran van Heel
ABN AMRO

Shanawaz Bhimji
ABN AMRO

Bas Rutten
ABN AMRO

Joop Hessels
ABN AMRO

This DGBW Session will be in English.


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Part of the anniversary edition of Dutch Green Building Week

The DGBW Session is part of the anniversary edition of the Dutch Green Building Week. The tenth edition of the week will take place from September 21 to September 25. #MadeinHolland is the theme of the week, with which the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) and its partners will put the Netherlands on the international map.

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Petran van Heel

Petran van Heel works as a sector banker Construction at ABN AMRO. In this role, he follows the most important trends in the construction sector and has a continuous dialogue with partners, prospects and other stakeholders. After completing the Delft University of Technology and the Rotterdam School of Management, Petran gained extensive national and international experience on both the building and the financial side. After his start as a real estate developer at Royal BAM Group, he continued to work for BAM in London with a focus on project financing. Back in the Netherlands he has used his combined experience within BAM PPP. Subsequently, Petran made the move towards real estate development at Rabo Real Estate Group (MAB). He worked on several large-scale urban (transformation) projects in both acquisition and concept development and realisation.


Shanawaz Bhimji

Shanawaz (Shan) Bhimji works as a senior corporate bond strategist within ABN AMRO's economic bureau.

Shan writes about public issues within the world of real estate companies, in the field of residential and commercial developments. This market has shown an enormous growth in recent years, with its size increasing from EUR30bn in 2015 to EUR 127bn in 2020. Investors have increasingly come to appreciate this form of "unsecured" bonds and the entry of multiple issuers based on diversification, a predictable business model and higher returns than usual. The real estate sector is now in second place when it comes to branches issuing green corporate bonds.

Before starting as a strategist, Shan was a corporate bond specialist within ABN AMRO private bank. Previously, Shan held various positions within Deutsche Bank's corporate lending business. Shan has a master's degree in business economics with a CFA degree.


Bas Rutten

Bas Rutten (BEc, MBA, MSc, FRICS, BREEAM Expert) started his career at ABN AMRO as Coverage Banker in Rotterdam. In 1999 he moved on to work as a Coverage Banker International at subsidiary Bouwfonds Property Finance. In 2007 he went working at a subsidiary of Rabobank for International commercial real estate developer MAB in Paris. In 2014 Bas returned to the Netherlands and ABN AMRO. He is now Head of Real Estate Large Accounts within the Commercial Bank.   

 He furthermore is involved as member of the Supervisory Board of at Building Society Pre Wonen. Member of the Advisory Board of the PROVADA and Member of the exam committee at Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. 



Joop Hessels

As of 2015 Joop Hessels is Executive director Sustainable Bond Financing at ABN AMRO. He focuses on Green Bonds and Sustainable Bond Finance with the Debt Capital Markets FIG Origination and Institutional Solutions team. 


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