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DIF hires new CFO

Robert Doekes joined the firm late last year to fill the role. Pauline Debaeke, formely of ING, also joined the firm as a junior asset manager. The firm is currently raising DIF Infrastructure II, which is targeting €500m.

Dutch infrastructure fund manager DIF has hired a new chief financial officer, Wim Blaasse, a senior executive at the firm, told InfrastructureInvestor.

Robert Doekes joined the firm in November 2009 to fill the role. He previously held roles in the financial management of companies at MCi Holdings, Stork, DSM, Gist Brocades and Ballast Nedam.

The firm also hired a junior asset manager, Pauline Debaeke. She has worked for five years at ING in Brussels and Amsterdam, two of which were in project finance.

The firm is currently raising its second infrastructure fund, DIF Infrastructure II, which reached a second close last year on €220 million and is now moving toward a third close. The fund has an allocation of two-thirds to public-private partnerships and one-third to renewable energy. It is targeting €500 million in total commitments, with a hard cap of €750 million.

DIF was founded in 2005 by Blaasse, Maarten Koopman and Menno Witteveen.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, it also has offices in France, the UK and Germany.