Chairman of EUROSIF
Giuseppe van der Helm has been the director of the VBDO, the Association of Investors in Sustainable Development in The Netherlands, since November 2006. He studied chemical engineering and business administration at Twente University. After his graduation in 1985, he started as a marketeer with chemical company DSM, where he worked for 10 years in various positions. During that period he got his first taste of sustainability while working in Paris as Quality Assurance Manager for the automotive industry. After a brief episode as Business Unit Manager with Sigma Coatings, he worked as President Europe with motor oil company Valvoline. In 2002 Giuseppe decided to leave the world of efficiency and profitability and to dedicate his energy to build a better world. After a sabbatical in which he travelled the world, he started to study Theology at the University of Tilburg. Giuseppe speaks 5 languages fluently. He lives with his 4 children in Vianen, The Netherlands.