Lieke van der Horst, senior portfolio manager commodities
“I feel that I’ve grown enormously both professionally and as a person. When I started at APG as a portfolio manager five years ago, I was thrown in at the deep end. My three experienced team members took me seriously from the word go, and I immediately shared responsibility for the commodities portfolio, which amounts to some 20 billion euros. No question of standing idly by and growing slowly, you have to work on an equal footing straight away. That way, you develop really quickly.
In my position, you mustn't be afraid of large sums of money. You need the courage to take on that responsibility and give your opinion. There's space for that in my team. I’m given the space to speak out and if I or a team member suggest something that turns out not to be a good plan, we discuss it among ourselves. That way we learn from each other, and in the end we make the decision as a team.