Rikkert has a extensive private equity experience through a variety of different roles in the industry. His background in Private Equity started with Alpinvest/Taros from 2000 to 2006 where he worked as portfolio manager (2 years), as fund investor (3 years) and as CFO of the buyout team (1 year). In this period Rikkert has gained expertise in portfolio and performance analysis, company valuation, fund reporting, manager selection, and fundraising. Rikkert has been exposed to many GPs and LPs in Europe with joint responsibility of commitments to several funds in France, Spain, CEE Region, Israel (VC), and pan-European funds, including several advisory board positions. Since 2006 Rikkert has been active as independent advisor to several private equity firms in Europe. Prior to his private equity career he worked as risk management consultant for KPMG. He holds a MsC in Finance from the University of Groningen.