As of January 1 2023 Lara Muller joins Invest International as Director Public Sector. A key role in the organization being responsible for developing, financing and overseeing the implementation of large infrastructural projects in developing countries. Lara brings in significant experience in both sustainable finance and the Dutch infrastructure business and was previously working as Head of Public Affairs at Boskalis.
As the Director Public Sector Lara will be responsible for leading a growing team of about 40 professionals and build and maintain a successful and large portfolio in an exciting, new, and challenging environment. With a focus on green infra development which is core to the organisation; thereby making impact on the SDGs 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and 13 (Climate impact).
Joost Oorthuizen, CEO of Invest International: “We are delighted to have Lara join Invest International’s leadership team as Director Public Sector. Having worked for Dutch companies such as Boskalis on a senior level, she brings vast experience in Dutch solutions for global challenges, but also deep knowledge of the application of international ESG standards on projects and programs, export credit insurance and guarantee applications and lending facilities. She has a proven track record in executing complex infrastructure projects globally and implementing sustainable finance requirements. This will prove to be a valuable background in supporting our mission.”
“I firmly believe finance and sustainability must and can go hand in hand.”
Lara MullerDirector Public Sector Invest International
Commenting on her new position, Lara Muller says: “I am very much looking forward to support Invest Internationals mission in this role and to work with the Public Sector team on creating impact. It’s a fantastic opportunity to combine finance and sustainability, as I firmly believe the two must and can go hand in hand. Invest International can play a crucial role as an impact investor, combining smart solutions with directing capital to sustainable projects. I am eager to contribute to this endeavor for many years to come.”
Besides having worked as Head of Public Affairs at Boskalis, Lara was appointed as permanent member of the EU’s Platform on Sustainable Finance. This platform advises the European Commission on taxonomy regulation and the Sustainable Finance strategy of the EU. Before her role at Boskalis she was Group Sustainability Director at Corio NV, a listed property developer.
As an entrepreneur, she co-created and led a platform on Health and Wellbeing, the Blue Building Institute, and was business owner at Onimpact, an ESG advisory firm.
She teaches Creating Shared Value and Sustainable Finance at Nijenrode Business School. Lara studied Strategy at Harvard and went to Law School at Leiden University.