Richard Kooloos describes himself as a tenacious optimist. With a mission to convince 3.5 million homeowners to prioritize the energy efficiency of their houses, he has to be. As Director of Sustainable Banking for ABN AMRO, Richard is driven to have a positive impact on his colleagues, clients, and society as a whole. As a member of our 11th Amsterdam Creative Leadership Program, we spoke to Richard about what he hopes to achieve during this 6-month part-time learning journey starting in March.
Originally educated as a Business Engineer at the University of Twente, Richard has been working in the financial sector for 20 years and focusing on sustainability for the past 10. Richard has lived and worked in Brazil, Germany, Sweden, and the UK. He also plays a supervisory role with several start-ups focused on renewable energy and heads an ambitious work stream with the Dutch Central Bank. Last but not least, he is a corporate activist for Human Rights, COP21 participant, Member of Worldconnectors, and board member of Global Compact Netherlands.
Richard took the time to call me from his electric car between meetings. Purchased in 2012, he was one of the first to drive an electric car in the Netherlands - a detail illustrating Richard’s passion for innovation and sustainability.