As Head of The Carlyle Group’s Global Investment Solutions, one of the firm’s three business segments, Ruulke Bagijn is part of the leadership team of one of largest global investment firms in the world. She also serves as Chair of the Board of AlpInvest, Carlyle’s dedicated private equity primary fund, co-investment, and secondary solutions platform with a $70 billion AUM (per Q3 2023) and investment professionals in New York, San Francisco, London, Amsterdam, and Hong Kong. In addition, Ruulke is a member of the AlpInvest Global Investment Committee, which makes all investment decisions in Europe, North and Latin America, Asia, and Australia on behalf of its 450+ investors worldwide.
Based in New York, Ruulke has 20+ years of experience in global investments and a deep knowledge of private capital portfolios. She joined AlpInvest from AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets, where she was the Global Head of Real Assets Private Equity and a member of its Management Board. Before that, she was Co-Chief Investment Officer of Investment Management and Chief Investment Officer of Private Markets at PGGM, with direct responsibility for managing investments in infrastructure, hedge funds, structured credit, private equity, insurance-linked securities, and private real estate, and held senior roles at ABN AMRO.
A passionate advocate of the business case for diversity, including involving more women in private equity, Ruulke has been named a Wall Street Journal Pro PE ‘Woman to Watch,’ sits on the Carlyle Diversity & Inclusion Council and is an inaugural member of the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets DEI in Asset Management Program, designed to improve diversity and promote an inclusive culture within asset management institutions for women and Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). Born in the Netherlands, she was also the inaugural chair of the Dutch committee of Level 20, the not-for-profit body established to inspire women to join and succeed in the Private Equity industry in the Netherlands.
Ruulke received an MSc in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, is a CFA charterholder, and serves as a Board member of the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF), which supports high-impact exchange between the two countries.