Initiative

The idea is to truly think forward - towards a horizon beyond tomorrow

What kind of mortgage is right for you? What are the potential pitfalls of a student loan? When should you start planning your pension?

Knowing what - and why - you choose

When it comes to financial decisions, it's important to know what we're choosing - and why. Because although we like to see ourselves as sensible and logical decision-makers, studies continue to show that our decisions are driven by many other (often subconscious) factors.

Is it too difficult to imagine and consider our future needs over our current needs? Does the abundance of choice help or hinder us? We’ve all been there.

That’s why we started the Think Forward Initiative (TFI), a multi-year movement bringing together experts representing governments, academics, consumers, and the financial and technology sectors.

We’re conducting research to find out how and why we make financial choices, and then applying these insights to develop actual tools that can help people. Our goal is a financially resilient society where people make conscious and informed choices about their money. With TFI, we aim to improve the lives of 100 million people.

To be most effective, TFI is set up with a research hub that will “discover” issues and an accelerator that will use innovation to “solve” them. The community is where TFI’s experts connect and collaborate, and how its progress and impact are communicated to the world.

OUR TEAM

When it comes to financial decisions, it's important to know what we're choosing - and why. Because although we like to see ourselves as sensible and logical decision-makers, studies continue to show that our decisions are driven by many other (often subconscious) factors.

  1. Anne van Doorn Accelerator Operations Manager

    Organisation: We Empower Innovators 

  2. Joep Arends Innovation Advisor

    Organisation: Deloitte

  3. Dagmar van der Plas Lead Think Forward Initiative

    Organisation: ING

  4. Jovanna Daalderop Programme Support

    Organisation: ING

  5. Stefan van Woelderen Lead TFI Research

    Organisation: ING

  6. Roelof Derickx TFI Enabler

    Organisation: Dimension Data

  7. Mihaela Ion Lead TFI Accelerator

    Organisation: ING

  8. Tasneem Hooghart TFI Communications Liaison

    Organisation: Startupbootcamp

  9. Erich Suni Melgar Lead TFI Community

    Organisation: ING

  10. Patrick de Zeeuw CEO & Co-founder Startupbootcamp

    Organisation: Startupbootcamp

  11. Monika Tsvetkova TFI/CEPR Events Coordinator

    Organisation: CEPR

  12. Igneta Skliaustyte Accelerator scouter & community builder

    Organisation: Startupbootcamp

  13. Merel Bruinsma Programme Support

    Organisation: ING