Allard is Chief Investment Officer and Member of the Executive Committee. He oversees the investment process from deal origination, deal execution, through value creation until exit. Allard is vice-chairman of the investment committees of all DIF managed funds. He joined DIF in 2007 as a Managing Director in the investment team. From 2012 – 2022, he was Head of Investor Relations & Business Development and in that role he was driving the strategic direction and growth of the firm, while leading the activities of fund raising, investor relations, business development and marketing & communication. Before DIF, Allard was Head of Private Equity, Infrastructure, Commodities and Special Products at MN, one of the largest Dutch asset managers, and he managed a €5 billion portfolio of alternative investments. Prior to MN, Allard was a Senior Advisor in M&A at energy company Essent (now RWE) and before that held positions at private equity firm Residex Capital and PwC covering among others energy, waste, rail, healthcare and telecom investments. Allard holds an Executive Master in Auditing from the University of Groningen and is registered as a Register Accountant (Chartered Accountant) with the Dutch Institute of Chartered Accountants.