Director Corporate Affairs
ROUND TABLE 5: Funding the future: Emerging strategies in cooperative financing and capitalization
"I am participating in the International Summit of Cooperatives because…"
“I expect to benefit from sharing views, ideas and experiences among cooperatives, knowing they have a lot of challenges in common.”
Arnold Kuijpers holds a Masters degree in economic sciences from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.
He has been working with the Rabobank Group since 1981. He held positions in various divisions at Rabobank Nederland and Rabobank International, including economic research, treasury, retail banking and corporate banking. Arnold Kuijpers has been Managing Director for Rabobank Ireland Limited as well as Director, Group Strategy. Arnold Kuijpers currently holds the position of Director, Corporate Affairs at Rabobank Nederland.
He has extensive experience serving as chairman and member of non executive boards of banks and other financial institutions in various countries.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of UNICO Banking Group, the Executive Committee of the European Association of Cooperative Banks and the Banking Stakeholders Group of the European Banking Authority.
About Rabobank Group
Rabobank Group is a full-range financial services provider that operates on cooperative principles. Its origins lie in the local loan cooperatives that were founded in the Netherlands nearly 110 years ago by enterprising people who had virtually no access to financing.
Rabobank Group is comprised of 139 independent local Rabobanks plus Rabobank Nederland, their apex organization, and a number of specialized subsidiaries. Overall, Rabobank Group has approximately 59,400 employees (in FTEs), who serve about 10 million customers in 48 countries. In terms of Tier I capital, Rabobank Group is among the world's 30 largest financial institutions. Rabobank is consistently awarded a high credit rating by all rating agencies.
The local Rabobanks and their clients constitute Rabobank Group's core cooperative business. The banks are members and shareholders of Rabobank Nederland, which advises the banks and supports their local services. Rabobank Nederland also supervises, on behalf of the Dutch central bank, the solvency, liquidity and administrative organization of the local Rabobanks. Rabobank Nederland further acts as an (international) wholesale bank, focusing on food & agribusiness, and as a bankers' bank to the Group and it is the holding company of a large number of specialized subsidiaries.
Rabobank Group combines the best of two worlds; the local involvement and personal touch of the local Rabobanks with the expertise and economies of scale of the integrated group, including Rabobank Nederland and it subsidiaries.
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