Jürgen Rigterink oversees the Client Services Group which is comprised of the Banking and Policy & Partnerships departments. He has overall responsibility for implementation of Banking and Policy objectives, ensuring that EBRD investments, policy engagement and advisory services deliver the maximum transition impact in EBRD’s countries of operations.
He chairs the Operations Committee which reviews all investment proposals (both debt and equity) before consideration by the Board of Directors and oversees the formulation of the Bank’s strategy to effectively and efficiently promote the transition of the countries of operations where the EBRD invests.
Before he came to the EBRD in 2018, Mr Rigterink was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of FMO, the Dutch Development Bank.
Before his time at FMO, he worked in the private sector at ABN AMRO where he ran the company’s activities in Kazakhstan and held a number of senior positions including Sector Head of Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.
EBRD supports the development of the knowledge economy through investment and policy engagement. Since 2012, when the Bank’s Knowledge Economy Initiative was adopted, the EBRD has invested almost €1.5 billion by way of debt and equity in knowledge economy related projects. Since 2014, the Information and Communication Technologies team has invested €460 million in Poland and the Baltic states. These include investments in information systems such as high-speed, reliable fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure. Investments through our Venture Capital Investment Programme include early stage financing of growth companies in software, semi-conductors, communications technology, mobility and media and clean-tech, thereby helping to develop the local venture capital ecosystem and supporting the growth of applications which will drive demand for broadband networks in the future. Our policy engagement is supporting the development and implementation of national broadband plans, digital agendas and innovation policies, including improvements in the legal and regulatory environment and capacity building.