Nils holds a position as an associate professor in Finance and Real Estate at Maastricht University (NL). His work on pension funds, commercial real estate, and energy efficiency and sustainability has received numerous government grants and awards. It has appeared in leading academic journals, such the American Economic Review, the RAND Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics, as well as in the global financial and economics media, such as the Huffington Post, The Guardian, the Washington Post, the Australian Financial Review, Das Handelsblatt, Le Monde and Het Financieele Dagblad, and in industry publications, such as Bloomberg and Pensions & Investments.
As an entrepreneur, Nils is part of the real estate technology company GeoPhy, which builds machine-learning products for the international commercial real estate sector. Nils is also the co-founder and ex-CEO of GRESB, a leading global benchmark to assess the sustainability performance of real assets, including real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets. GRESB has rated more than 1,200 REITs and funds on behalf of more than 60 institutional investors that on aggregate represent some USD6 trillion.
Nils is a frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences, and actively shares his expertise through workshops with investment practitioners and policy makers.