Rens van Tilburg (1974) is Director of the Sustainable Finance Lab (SFL) at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. SFL is an academic think tank whose members are mostly professors from different Dutch universities.

The aim of the Sustainable Finance Lab is a stable and robust financial sector that contributes to an economy that serves humanity without depleting its environment. To this end it develops ideas and provides a platform to discuss these, thus bridging science and practice.

To this end the Lab has argued in favor of a public anchoring of the payment system, since 2018 explicitly referring to central bank digital currency as a promising option for this.

Rens is an economist by training and has worked in the European and Dutch parliament, for a strategic advisory council of the Dutch government (AWTI) and for a research organization for NGO’s (SOMO).