Dr. Nils Kok holds a position as an Associate Professor in Finance and Real Estate at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is the recipient of a prestigious five-year VIDI grant from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) for his work on the intersection of energy efficiency and finance in the real estate sector. This grant follows a three-year VENI grant from NWO for his work. He received awards from the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, Investment & Pensions Europe, and the European Social Investment Forum for his research.
Nils is also the executive director and co-founder of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB); a premier investor-driven initiative to assess the environmental and social performance of the global real estate investment industry. GRESB rates more than 1,000 REITs and funds on behalf institutional investors that on aggregate represent some USD6 trillion.
He communicates his ideas and findings in the international arena as a frequent speaker on academic and industry conferences and actively shares his expertise through workshops with investment practitioners and policy makers. His research has appeared in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Public Economics, and in media such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Guardian.