Dirkje Bouma finished her undergraduate studies in Business Economics in the Netherlands in 1994 and graduated in September 1995 with a Master of Science degree in Finance at Strathclyde University in Glasgow (the United Kingdom). In 2003 she earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Dirkje was part of the founding team of Infrastructure Finance Corporation Limited (“INCA”). From 2004, Dirkje was an Executive Director of INCA, being responsible for Treasury, with a liability and hedge book in excess of R6,0 billion. In March 2012, she joined Growthpoint Properties Limited and is now the Group Treasurer. She is responsible for the R43 billion (USD2,5 billion) debt portfolio (funding negotiations, management of bond issues and interaction with rating agencies) and the cash flow in the business. She and her team also monitor and manage the financial risks of Growthpoint (financing and liquidity risk, interest rate risk, currency risk and counter-party risk), this includes a swap portfolio to the tune of R42 billion (USD2,5 billion) and currency hedges for the flow of dividends from Growthpoint’s investments in Australia and Europe.
In 2018, Dirkje was instrumental in the placement of Growthpoint’s inaugural Green Bond, which was the first corporate green bond to be listed on the JSE. She was also responsible for Growthpoint’s debut Eurobond issue, the first of such issuance by a South African REIT. Dirkje is a non-executive director of Growthpoint Healthcare Management Company as well as Workshop 17 which operates a network of co-working spaces
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