A memorial service is scheduled this weekend for Koen De Ryck, founder of Brussels-based independent investment consulting firm Pragma Consulting who died earlier this month.
Mr. De Ryck, died Sept. 15 after a long illness. He was 66.
He was a key architect behind many of Europe’s pension-related regulations and advised some of the region’s largest funds. He worked in financial industry posts all over the world, including Tokyo, London and New York, prior to launching Pragma in 1989. He was a “profound defender” of the long-term view for pension investments and the impact on capital markets, said Karel Stroobants, former president of the Belgian Association of Pension Funds, an industry organization Mr. De Ryck co-founded in 1975.
“His visionary view will be missed,” said Mr. Stroobants, an independent director and adviser to pension funds in Belgium, in a telephone interview Tuesday.
Mr. De Ryck was the first president of the Belgian Association of Pension Funds and a founding member of the Belgian Commission for Corporate Governance, according to Frank Rummens, senior consultant at Pragma. From 1990 to 1997, he was a permanent representative in the European Federation for Retirement Provision, a group that promotes the development of occupational pensions in 25 European countries.
A prolific author on pension policy, some of his most influential papers include “European Pension Funds — Their Impact on European Capital Markets and Competitiveness” published in 1996, “Rebuilding Pensions” published by the European Commission in 1999; and “Pension Issues in the New Member States” published in 2005.
The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. CEST Saturday at the St. Carolus Borromeus church in Antwerp, according to Mr. Rummens.