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Barbara Baarsma

CEO Rabo Carbon Bank

Barbara Baarsma is CEO of Rabo Carbon Bank at Rabobank. Before March 2021, she was CEO of Rabobank Amsterdam, taking up the post on 1 January 2019. From 2016 to 2019 she was the Director of Knowledge Development at Rabobank where she headed RaboResearch. In this capacity she was responsible for the Rabobank-wide knowledge agenda and the development of the knowledge organization.

Alongside her work at Rabobank, Barbara Baarsma is Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Amsterdam. She is also the chair of the Bank Council of the Dutch Central Bank (Bankraad van DNB), a member of the Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Committee (Monitoring Commissie Corporate Governance Code), the Dutch Enterprise Committee (Nederlands Comité voor Ondernemerschap) and the Advisory Council for the Short Chains Taskforce (Taskforce Korte Keten). Barbara is also a member of the National Icons Jury (Jury Nationale Iconen), the board of the Dutch Alzheimer’s Society (Stichting Alzheimer) and the Advisory Council of the DNB Academy (Raad van Advies DNB Academie). From April 2012 to the summer of 2019 she was the Crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (Sociaal-Economische Raad, SER).

Before joining Rabobank she was Managing Director of SEO Economic Research (SEO Economisch Onderzoek) and held a number of ancillary positions as member of the Supervisory Boards of Loyalis NV, Espria and Aon Groep Nederland bv, board member of KAS BANK Preference Share Trust (Stichting Preferente Aandelen Kas Bank) and member of the Advisory Board for Responsible Investment at PGGM. She was previously a supervisory director/internal supervisor at Woonzorg, St. Elisabeth TweeSteden Hospital and BNN broadcasting company and member of the audit committee of the FNV Trade Union Confederation (FNV Bondgenoten).

She is regularly asked to contribute her ideas in committees on ministerial policy issues. For example, she was chair of the Macro Management Tool Committee in specialist medical care set up by Minister Schippers, and was previously chair of the committee for Vertical Integration in the healthcare sector set up by Minister Klink. She was also a member of the Visitation Committee for National Public Broadcasting Services (LPO), the Committee on the Structure of Dutch Banks (Commissie Structuur Nederlandse banken), the Committee Service Provision at Home (Commissie Dienstverlening aan huis), the Level Playing Fields for Industry Committee (Commissie Speelveldtoets) and the Circular Agriculture Earning Capacity Taskforce (Taskforce Verdienvermogen Kringlooplandbouw).

Publications Barbara Baarsma

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Coronacrisis speelt de energietransitie parten (Dutch)

Op basis van 'early warning'-indicatoren verwachten we een negatieve impact van de coronacrisis op de energietransitie. Het is belangrijk dat de overheid gericht en consistent beleid uitvoert om de negatieve effecten te dempen.

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Liever grip op het leven dan iets meer koopkracht (Dutch)

Koopkrachtplaatjes: welke groepen gaan er in koopkracht op vooruit of achteruit? Maar de plaatjes bieden schijnzekerheid en leiden alleen maar tot een te complex belastingstelsel. Het is hoog tijd om de dominantie van de koopkrachthobby te temperen door met een beter alternatief te komen: kanskracht.

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Lang leve het leren (Dutch)

Langzaam maar zeker surfen we op de conjuncturele golf naar beneden. Die haperende groei hangt samen met de steeds krapper wordende arbeidsmarkt. Hoe gaan we al het onbenut talent in ons land motiveren en verleiden om van de reservebank af te komen?

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And the winner is… (Dutch)

Wie weet een beter woord voor duurzaamheid? Die oproep deed ik vorige maand. Er stroomden tientallen inzendingen in mijn mailbox. Er zijn meer mensen die vinden dat duurzaamheid te veel betekenissen heeft waardoor het een hol begrip is geworden.