Transforming The Food Economy
3-5 November, 2017 | Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India


Ms. Diane Boogaard

Ms. Diane Boogaard

Designation : Chief Executive Officer

Company : Rabobank

Industry : Financial Industry

Headquarters : Utrecht, The Netherlands

Speaking in : Innovative Financing To Unleash Growth

Global Presence :

  • Rabobank is committed to being a leading customer-focused cooperative bank in the Netherlands and a leading food and agri bank worldwide.
  • Rabobank Group employs approximately 44,600 people and is active in 40 countries.

India Presence :

  • Rabobank Group has been operating in India since 1998. Presently it operates as Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., with its first branch and corporate headquarters located in Mumbai, and Rabo India Securities, the investment banking arm of the group. Additionally, Rabobank is one of the sponsors of India Agribusiness Fund, The US$ 120 million Food & Agri sector private equity fund in India. The fund is sponsored by Rabobank with a 25% share of the committed capital. Rabobank Foundation, an independent organisation funded by Rabobank Group in the Netherlands donating a percentage of their annual profits, has been very active in India for close to a decade.
  • It is focused on helping people become self-reliant. Aligned with the Banking for Food agenda, the foundation`s interventions are along two primary themes: Access to finance and supporting small producers. It has funded over 100 projects with technical assistance, capacity building, loans and other quasi-banking products.
  • Rabobank in Asia is uniquely placed to partner with our corporate & rural clients and all other relevant stakeholders such as governments, investors, NGO's, and research institutions, to take initiatives to sustainably improve food security and the development of rural prosperity. We aim to optimise Asia's imbalanced natural resources and to connect Asian farmers to global markets, to increase agricultural productivity sustainably, and to reduce food waste in all agricultural supply chains across Asia.

Company Profile :

  • Rabobank is committed to Asia since 1986. Founded in 1896, Rabobank is an international financial services provider operating on the basis of cooperative principles. It offers retail banking, wholesale banking, private banking, leasing and real estate services. As a cooperative bank, Rabobank puts customers’ interests first in its services.
  • Rabobank recognises its responsibility to combine long-term stability of food production for the growing global population and the transition to sustainable land use. On 16 October 2017, Rabobank and UN Environment announced the creation of a new 1 billion dollar facility to finance sustainable agriculture. The facility aims to finance sustainable land use and help achieve the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The facility aims to provide grants, de-risking instruments and credit to clients involved in sustainable agricultural production. This ‘Kickstart Food’ campaign was initiated with our partners, UN Environment and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and will expand to other global players in the primary production, food industry and financial institutions who will work together with us.

Personal Profile :

  • Ms. Diane Boogaard is Rabobank’s Chief Executive Officer, Asia. Based in Hong Kong since the 1st of September 2017, she is responsible for managing Rabobank’s operations and activities in Asia. She combines this role with the General Manager’s role for the Rabobank Hong Kong Branch. Ms. Diane Boogaard has an extensive career in banking and commodity trade finance. She joined Rabobank in 2006 as the Global Head of Trade and Commodity Finance for Rabobank. In 2014, she was appointed to Global Head Wholesale Product Clients, responsible for all specialised wholesale activities and financial markets within Rabobank. Before joining Rabobank, she worked at MeesPierson and Fortis (now ABNAMRO) for over 20 years. From 1995 till 1998 she worked in Singapore as General Manager, Fortis. From 1998 till 2014, she was the Global Head Trade and Commodity Finance (8 years with Fortis and 8 years with Rabobank).

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