The Rabobank Duisenberg Lecture

Rabobank organises the annual Duisenberg Lecture on the occasion of the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. At each year’s lecture, Rabobank invites one or two prominent keynote speakers to present his or her views on a topic that is close to the heart of Rabobank and of relevance to the international development agenda.

The annual meetings of International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, which takes most of the times place in Washington D.C., provide the scenery for the world’s largest get-together of the financial sector. Rabobank invites colleagues from other banks, executives of development institutions and other people in leadership positions in the Rabobank network to attend the Duisenberg Lecture. By doing so, Rabobank offers these executives access to excellent knowledge and an executive network.

About Dr. Wim Duisenberg

Rabobank decided to host this lecture in 2004. In 2006, the event was named ‘The Rabobank Duisenberg Lecture’ in commemoration of Wim Duisenberg (9 July 1935 - 31 July 2005). Wim Duisenberg was the first president of the European Central Bank (1998 - 2003) and president of the central bank of the Netherlands (De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), 1982 - 1997). Wim Duisenberg delivered the first lecture himself in 2004 in his capacity of Supervisory Member of Rabobank. Illustrative is his statement in that speech: ‘We face a huge challenge. How to feed the world’s population?’ That has set the tone for all lectures since then.

Speakers and lectures

The Duisenberg lecture brings forward lectures and studies regarding topics that are close to the heart of Rabobank, such as financial services, cooperatives, food security, agriculture and sustainability:

2014 - Mr.  Dave MacLennan (President and CEO of Cargill). The ability of the sector to meet that challenge: to feed the world.
Study: 10 big ideas that can boost food availability

2013 - Mr. Don Thompson (President and CEO of McDonald’s Corp.): Sustaining our Food Chains: An Imperative for Business and the World
Study: Looking for Delta – How Global Companies Can Help Sub-Saharan Africa Reach its food & agri  potential

2012 - Dame Pauline Green (President International Cooperative Alliance): Cooperatives – Business for Society
Study: Framework for an Inclusive Food Strategy

2011 - Mr. Martin Wolf (Chief Economics Commentator Financial Times):Determinants and Role of Commodity Prices
Study: Rethinking the Food & Agri Supply Chain - Impact of Agricultural Price Volatility on Sourcing Strategies

2010 - Mr. Paul Polman (CEO Unilever): Sustainability and Security of the Food Value Chain
Study: Sustainability and Security of the Global Food Supply Chain

2009 - Mr. Lars Thunell (CEO IFC): The Current Financial Crisis and the Sustainability of the Cooperative Model
Study: Co-operative Banks in the New Financial System

2008 - HRH Willem-Alexander, The Prince of Orange: Sanitation for All, All for Sanitation
Study: Watering Scarcity – Private Investment Opportunities in Agricultural Water Use Efficiency

2007 - H.E. Roberto Rodrigues (Former Brazilian Minister of Agriculture) and Dr. Cees P. Veerman (Former Dutch Minister of Agriculture), both farmers: Agri-based Alternative Energy – Risks & Opportunities for the Farming Industry
Study: Agri-based Alternative Energy - Risks & Opportunities for the Farming Industry - Developed Nations and Emerging Markets

2006 - Professor Louise Fresco (University of Amsterdam): Biomass for Food or Fuel: Is there a Dilemma?
Study: Financing the Emerging Bio-energy Market – The Rabobank View

2005 - Dr. Nout Wellink (President of the Dutch Central Bank) and Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs (Director Earth Institute Columbia University): How to Improve Access to Financial Services in Developing Countries
Study: Access to Financial Services in Developing Countries

2004 - Dr. Wim Duisenberg (former President of the European Central Bank) and Mr. Peter Woicke (CEO IFC): Rabobank’s Global View on Food & Agribusiness
Study: Rabobank View on Food & Agribusiness