Reward Value is founded in 2018 by Frederic Barge. In 2020, Reward Value was transformed into the Reward Value Foundation & The Reward Value Association.

All research activities are initiated and owned by the Foundation. The foundation has a board of directors, supervisory board and advisory council to ensure quality and transparency. The Reward Value Association enables our stakeholders to become part of Reward Value and strengthen the positive change. 


Reward Value is founded in 2018 by Frederic Barge. In 2020, Reward Value was transformed into the Reward Value Foundation.

All research activities are initiated and owned by the Foundation. The foundation has a board of directors, supervisory board and advisory council to ensure quality and transparency. The Reward Value Association enables our stakeholders to become part of Reward Value and strengthen the positive change. 



Frederic Barge
Managing director (BoD)

Danique Sondermeijer Community lead (BoD)

Mattijs Land Research lead

Martijn Michels
Research manager

Caitlin Walker Junior Researcher

Alexandra Papageorgiou Intern Corporate Governance

Jacques Fooy
Intern corporate governance

Bruno Nijdam
Intern Database

Theodore HibbertGreaves Intern Behavioural Psychology

Laurenz Thiele
Intern Database

Martina Pinti
Intern Corporate Governance

Jelle Scheffers
Intern Economy

Paige Hanekom
Reporting Intern


Vincent Moolenaar Chair

Frank Grootnibbelink

Russ Pinney

Tjerk Wagenaar


Reward Value comprises the Reward Value Foundation & The Reward Value Association. The Foundation owns an initiates all research activities. A board of directors, supervisory board and strategic advisors ensure transparency and quality.


Establishing Principles of responsible remuneration, accompanied by models and an index in accordance with those principles, will enable the change. In using a solid academic foundation, the discussion on executive pay is structured on facts rather than on emotions. This will allow firms, organizations, and regulators to establish the necessary changes towards responsible remuneration aligned to long-term sustainable value creation in contribution to a safe, healthy, and sustainable planet and society.

1. Validate

We conduct academic research that answers the how-question and validates the change towards modernised pay. Our academic stakeholders contribute to the quality of the academic research and validation. 

2. Activate

Drive change from within by involving all relevant stakeholders. The change must have broad support and concrete applications. In this, consultants, institutional investors, and corporates themselves play a major role.

3. Regulate

Safeguard the implementation of modernised pay. The successful realisation of impact and change is significantly enhanced by active involvement of and with regulators.


1. Principles

of responsible remuneration 

2. Models

of responsible remuneration 

3. Index

for responsible remuneration 

Reward Value Foundation is registered under the Legal Entities and Partnerships Information Number 862016514.
Our 2021 annual report can be found here & here.

Our 2022 general policy can be found here

Frederic Barge - Managing Director

Frederic is a former KPMG partner and HR executive at large organisations, Frederic has held a number of global positions for businesses and institutions at a management and supervisory level on executive remuneration. Some of his career highlights are Head of Compensation and Benefits for ING’s Real Estate, Insurance, Investment Management businesses before becoming ING’s Global Head of Performance and Reward. Global Head of ABN AMRO’s Reward and Performance Management teams. Senior Vice President Total Rewards for Ahold / Ahold Delhaize N.V. for Day-1 readiness in light of the merger between Ahold and Delhaize. A Reward Consultancy and HR Strategy advisor to the Executive Committee and Supervisory Board for Robeco Institutional Asset Management.
Frederic is a published author and recognised thought leader, who actively participates in sector discussions in the financial services industry in light of the guidelines from regulatory bodies on compensation, with particular expertise in: Executive remuneration, Private Equity compensation programmes, Equity plans, Corporate governance, HR aspects in M&A transactions, Performance assessment.

Danique Sondermeijer – Community Lead

Danique Sondermeijer has been involved with Reward Value from the very beginning and is Reward Value’s Community Lead. Before joining Reward Value in 2018, she worked at corporates such as Ahold Delhaize and CRH.

As a community lead, I think it’s important to build good relationships with the specific stakeholder. Keep everyone connected and establish a clear structure so we mutually know what is expected. In addition, my goal is to increase the value for the stakeholders as a whole by connecting. By bringing together the knowledge and insights of our stakeholders, you often come up with the most valuable lessons and new ideas.”

Also in her private life, she is the guiding force of the family for her husband and their three-year-old twins.

Mattijs Land – Research Lead

Mattijs graduated in Tax Law at the University of Amsterdam. He started in tax consultancy and then held a number of positions in the area of executive remuneration at international corporations such as ING and Ahold Delhaize.

Mattijs will start at Reward Value to look at the same topic from an independent position. He will mainly focus on content and manage the various research initiatives. 

“More effective executive remuneration policies lead to better outcomes for all stakeholders. The alignment of purpose, performance and pay is a key contributor to the change for good. The need for change is clear. I look forward to being part of developing the road to the required change; establising principles of responsible remuneration based on fact based reseach”

Martijn Michels - Research manager

Martijn worked for Robeco for 20 years of which the last 6 years as the Business manager of the HR department. Amongst others Martijn was responsible for implementing a new HR system (Workday) and running the Performance Management Cycle together with the head of HR. Martijn will join Reward Value as a research manager focussing on the reward analytics.

He is 49 years old and married to Judith, together with their two children they live in a small village near Gouda.

“The long-term sustainable value creation of a company accompanied with a sustainable reward system is appealing to me. The evidence based and equality approach will encourage the creation of wealth and well-being for the society at large.”

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Caitlin Walker – Junior Researcher

Caitlin (Cat) graduated with an LL.B with a specific focus on Corporate Law from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, as well as completing an additional major in French and a minor in Economics. She then completed her Masters in Law and Economics at the Università degli Studi di Torino, where her thesis focused on market design theory and private technology transfer.
Shortly after she began working with Reward Value, she decided to pursue a career in transnational politics, and is taking an additional Masters in European Affairs at Università degli Studi di Padova, with a focus on economic policymaking. Apart from academics, Cat is a qualified sommelier, passionate about the food & wine industry and a published poet.

Jacques Fooy - Intern Corporate Governance

Jacques graduated with his LL.B and LL.M cum laude from Stellenbosch University in South Africa,where he focused on competition law and public procurement. He is currently completing his second LL.M at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where he writes about law, economics, and ex post merger review. 

Prior to joining Reward Value, Jacques served as Head of Outreach for a non-profit organization in South Africa, worked pro bono at the Labour Courts in Cape Town, and represented Utrecht University at the 2022 Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot Court. In his free time he enjoys barbecuing with friends, talking about music, and learning about history. 

Bruno Nijdam - Intern Database

Bruno is a graduate of the BSc in Civil Engineering of the Delft University of Technology. He is currently pursuing his MSc Transport, Infrastructure & Logistics at this same university. He expects to graduate from this after the summer of 2023.
From November 2021 until September 2022, Bruno has worked as Junior Project Manager for Zoncoalitie, a consultancy in solar PV systems. When given the chance to work at Reward Value as a database intern, Bruno decided to contribute to the change towards a more sustainable economy.

Theodore HibbertGreaves - Intern Behavioural Psychology

Theodore is from the Peak District in the UK, but lived both in Egypt and Northern Cyprus during his teenage years. Due to the contrasting experiences he had living in these countries, he developed a fascination for interpersonal and person-environmental interaction. From this, he decided to undertake a BSc in Counselling Psychology from Worcester University. During his degree, he became interested in researching altruism and reciprocity; specifically, environmental and interpersonal factors that stimulate altruistic tendencies. This research was later presented at the first official Evolutionary Cyberpsychology Conference and is currently in press. After finishing his BSc, Theodore moved to the Netherlands to complete an MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology, at Leiden Univerisity.

When not pondering the nuances of human social cognition and behaviour, Theodore can be found enjoying Leiden from his kayak, and when time allows, road-tripping and hiking around Europe.

Laurenz Thiele - Intern Database

Laurenz is currently pursuing an international bachelor’s degree in economics and business at Erasmus University Rotterdam, for which he spent a semester abroad in Indonesia. Aside from his studies, he is actively studying modern statistical theories and the most recent data analysis concepts. In addition to his nearly two years of working experience in the field of data science. He won the audience award in a national student competition, for developing a quantitative framework to determine BNG Bank’s net impact on the Sustainable Development Goals, supported by a gamification strategy to engage customers in sustainability. At Reward value, Laurenz combines his passion for sustainability with his knowledge of data analytics. The only thing that he values more than learning is spending time in the outdoors, where you can find him hiking in the mountains or skiing on the slopes.

Martina Pinti - Intern Corporate Governance

Martina holds a LLB degree in Comparative, European and International Legal Studies from the University of Trento (Italy). She graduated cum laude in 2021 with a thesis on Human Rights Due Diligence and workers’ rights.
Currently, she is attending the LLM in Law and Economics at Utrecht University (Netherlands). Her main academic interests lie in EU competition law, sustainable development and corporate governance.
Her previous experience includes working as a Legal Intern at a consulting start-up in Dublin (Ireland), where she was able to put in practice her knowledge. During her studies, she also volunteered for the local Erasmus Students Network chapter.
She likes to spend her free time playing volleyball, trying out new recipes with friends and going to the cinema.

Jelle Scheffers - Intern Economy

Jelle is currently pursuing a degree in Economics and Business Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, with an expected graduation in early summer 2024. His primary interests within the field of economics center around sustainability, finance and international economics. Additionaly, Jelle is highly motivated to gain further knowledge and contribute to the field of sustainanable economics, as evidenced by his current internship at Reward Value.                                               

 Apart from his academic pursuits, Jelle is an avid hockey player and also regularly engages in padel.

Paige Hanekom - Reporting Intern

Paige is a dedicated and accomplished individual who currently serves as a corporate reporting intern at Reward Value, where she is gaining valuable professional experience. She has achieved remarkable academic success, earning a Masters of Commerce degree in Financial Management Sciences with cum laude honors at the esteemed University of Pretoria. Her exceptional academic performance led to her induction into the prestigious Golden Key society. Paige’s commitment to education extends beyond her own achievements as she has served as a mentor for the FASSET bursary scheme. In this role, she had the privilege of supporting and guiding five students throughout the 2022 academic year, using her skills and experience to make a meaningful impact on their lives. Through her involvement in the program, Paige developed her people development skills using a non-directive coaching model. She humbly recognizes the privilege of being able to contribute to the personal and academic growth of others. Paige’s journey is fueled by her passion for corporate social responsibility and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices, as well as her dedication to improving financial literacy among young individuals. With her unwavering commitment to making a positive impact, Paige continues to strive for excellence in all her endeavors.

Vincent Moolenaar – Chair

incent has extensive experience in the business community at large leading firms like Shell and Ahold Delhaize. He has led many complex transformations. He knows what change means and is therefore a valuable addition to Reward Value, which is all about change. Currently, he is board member at Deloitte Netherlands and IDNH B.V. He is also member of the board of Slachtofferhulp Nederland, ProDemos and museum Slot Loevestein, an advisory board member of the European Leadership Platform, council to the Dutch Ondermeningskamer, member of the selection committee of court judges in the Netherlands, and an active contributor to NL2025 and nlgroeit. As Reward Value, we are very grateful for Vincent’s commitment to the foundation. His expertise and public orientation are important enablers for our mission.

“Addressing executive remuneration as a catalyst for a transition towards more purpose-led organizations is very relevant to me”, Vincent says. “I gladly support the Reward Value Foundation”.

Frank Grootnibbelink

Frank has an extensive experience in business leadership, turnaround and change management and led multiple strategic transformations in various international settings whilst living abroad for almost fifteen years. Besides this he brings financial expertise and a broad interest, in particular towards the connection between private and public interests. He served in the board of an NGO and is currently member of the supervisory board of Allegoeds and part of the Rabobank membership council in Zuid-Holland.

“Corporations are a vital part of our well-being and Leadership is a service to a sustainable society. Turning priority towards long-term value for all stakeholders through purpose-led executive remuneration is a key instrument that I am glad to support.”

Russ Piney

Russ is an Australian advertising executive and founder of Twofish, a leading communication and advertising agency, servicing many of the Dutch multinational companies, translating complex topics into clear and strong messages. Russ has been involved with Reward Value from the beginning and is the mastermind behind the corporate identity of Reward Value and the producer of the video on the Reward Value website.

Reward Value’s mission of changing executive remuneration in support of a sustainable regenerative economy servicing all stakeholders is very appealing and dearly needed. I am glad to support this important initiative”, Russ says, underscoring his personal commitment.

Tjerk Wagenaar

My passion is to contribute to a more just and sustainable world, where everyone can live in peace with one other and in harmony with nature. The status quo is unfortunately far from the ideal. There is great inequality between the western world and other continents and even within the western world, e.g., in Europe 20% are considered poor. The unsustainable management of our planet is creating unacceptable risks for mankind and IPCC is warning us that we must change our behaviour in the short term.  “We are the times” Augustinus wrote and it is our challenge and responsible to take action now. Everyone according to her or his ability and position and together.

Business could be a force for good; how can we support leaders to act with purpose towards building a just and sustainable world? Reward Value could contribute by giving leaders the right incentives for the short and long run, taking into account all “sustainable and just values”. This could stimulate leaders to act in the interest of all while taking into account the interest of the individual. I am looking forward to co-create and bring people together to develop and implement these new inspiring Reward Value concepts.   

Tjerk Wagenaar is driven to lead or support others in solving societal issues; these are complex and human and therefore contagious. He was educated at a Jesuits gymnasium in Haren (Gr), followed by applied physics at TU Delft and an MBA from INSEAD. Thereafter, he learned to solve complex issues as a consultant at McKinsey’s. He served the Dutch Railroads as manager and more recently as director. He also worked in Uganda on development issues and served on the board at SNV and later at Cordaid. Over the past 15 years he has pushed sustainability as director of Eneco and of Natuur & Milieu. In this role, he negotiated and executed the energy agreement (2013) and more recently negotiated the climate agreement (2019). Currently he serves different supervisory boards and leads different sustainable projects, amongst others Chapter Zero.