1 November 2022  |  Schiphol

DIF appoints three partners | press release

DIF Capital Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of three partners, Zaina Ahmed-Karim, Tom Goossens and Vincent Liu.

The promotion of Tom and Vincent from managing director to partner is in response to their personal contributions to the strong development of the firm. Tom and Vincent, who joined DIF in 2014 and 2016 respectively, have been leading several landmark investments over the years and have played a key role in further building the presence of DIF in their respective markets. Tom has been covering the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, Vincent North America.

Zaina joined DIF on the 1st of September to succeed Robert Doekes as CFO. She will be responsible for finance and investor reporting, as well as tax, treasury, IT and operations. Zaina was previously CFO of Dasym, an investment management boutique firm. Prior to that, she spent 25 years at EY, of which 13 years as senior audit partner in the Financial Services group. She is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a Master’s degree in both Business Economics and Accountancy from the VU Amsterdam University, the Netherlands.

Robert Doekes retired as a partner after 13 years in his role as CFO. DIF is pleased to be able to continue to benefit from his experience and knowledge, given that he will stay active for DIF in several projects and advisory roles.

Managing partner Wim Blaasse said, “”We are very pleased to welcome Zaina, Tom and Vincent as partners of DIF. Zaina has now officially taken over the role of Robert as CFO. I’m confident her longstanding background and experience will be of great added value to DIF. At the same time, her appointment will further increase the diversity of our senior leadership team. We would like to express deep gratitude to Robert for his commitment and contribution to building a strong investment platform over the last 13 years. Tom and Vincent have already contributed substantially to where we are today and I am confident they will continue to play a crucial role in achieving the future success of the company.”

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with ca. EUR 14 billion in assets under management across eleven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VII is the latest vintage, target core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).
  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF III is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 200 professionals, based in eleven offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

Contact DIF: Diederik Heinink, d.heinink@dif.eu