The Conference Platform is our most interactive congress aiming to engage students with diverse inspiring guests and speakers from all around the world. The event distinguishes itself by its minimal barrier between speakers and students. It enables students and prominent guests to discuss contemporary topics aligned with our theme, during the famous round table discussions.
Last year the Conference Platform was hosted in 'Blue City' for the first time. Blue City is situated in the old swimming pool ‘Tropicana’ and is on its way to become an exemplary blue circular economy. This location was perfectly in line with our theme which was 'Be the Change'.
Students from all faculties are welcome to join this event!
Ank BijleveldMinister of Defense view moreAnk Bijleveld was a member of the House of Representatives for the Christian Democratic Alliance, Mayor of Hof van Twente, State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations and Queen’s Commissioner in the province of Overijssel. In 2017, Ank Bijleveld was appointed Minister of Defence.
Biram Dah AbeidAnti-Slavery Activist - 100 Most Influential People (Times 2017) view moreIn 2008 that Mauritanian Biram Dah Abeid, a slave descendant, founded the movement of the Resistance Initiative of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA). He has been called the “Mauritanian Mandela” He received numerous international prizes. He is supported by many human rights organizations.
Anne HettingaChair of the Arriva Netherlands management board view moreAnne Hettinga is chair of the Arriva Netherlands management board since 2006. He has been associated with the company as CFO since 2000. He is also chair of the Netherlands Federation of Mobility Companies, the representative organisation for private transport companies in the Netherlands.
Thierry JadotCEO Dentsu Aegis Network France, Benelux, MENA, Turkey view moreThierry Jadot is since 2012 the CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network, the 4th global group communication. He worked before at Publicis group and lead during 10 years the activities of PSA group in Mercosur area. Always fascinated by photographs, he organizes in 2018 his second exhibition.
József VáradiChief Executive Officer of Wizz Air view moreJózsef Váradi is the founder and CEO of Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe. Before starting Wizz Air, Mr. Váradi held numerous board memberships with companies such as Lufthansa Technik Budapest, Wizz Air Bulgaria, Wizz Air Ukraine, Mandala Airlines and Wizz Tours.
Arie van BellenDirector of the ECP Platform view moreDigitalization is key when it comes to improving the economic impact of the Netherlands. He founded the neutral and independent foundation ECP | Platform for the Information Society to bring together a diverse array of public and private stakeholders. He is also involved in EU-policy the Digital Agenda.
Pieyre-Alexandre AngladeMember of the French Parliament view morePieyre-Alexandre Anglade represents the French citizens living abroad in the Benelux countries. He is the Vice-President of the European Affairs Commission and member of the Defence committee. Given his experience, Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade has developed an expertise in EU decision-making and legislative processes.
Marcello PalazziCo-Founder, B Lab Europe & Global Ambassador, B Corp Movement view moreMarcello is a serial entrepreneur for human progress. After 12 years as co-head of his international family business in environmental technologies, he founded Progressio Foundation, pursuitting of the ‘civic economy’, ‘civic enterprise’ and ‘civic innovation'. Member of the Advisory Committee at DanoneWave.
Dr. ir. Rutger de Graaf-van Dintherco-founder/director of Blue21, Indymo and DeltaSync. view moreRutger is a water pioneer with a track record of sustainable innovations. His mission is research, design and realisation of floating cities for human and ecological progress. This is based on the BlueRevolution vision, which aims at establishing a cyclical metabolism and symbiosis between cities on land and water.
Korstiaan ZandvlietFounder of Symbid view moreKorstiaan founded Symbid, one of the world's first equity crowdfunding platforms. He aims to shape the future through entrepreneurship and is affiliated with various social ventures aiming to solve some of the greatest challenges mankind is facing in the 21th century.
Robert BarkManaging Director - Financial Services Accenture view moreRobert Bark is a very seasoned Consulting executive with over 21 years of experience in Financial Services Consulting, prior he worked in Finance roles for 8 years. Recently he also lead a good number of pro bono projects with NGO’s. Robert is Alumnus from EUR and VU.
Slawek MagalaProfessor, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Organizational Change Management. view moreDescribed as a generalist for a cause, Iawomir Jan Magala wrote several articles, among which “Cross Cultural Management”, “The Management of Meaning in Organizations” and “Identity in Work and Society”. For more information, you can refer to his website www.magala.nl
Gé MoonenCEO Moonen Packaging view moreOver the last 15 years Gé turned Moonen Packaging into one of the greenest companies in the Netherlands. Gé regularly gives lectures to inspire others to do more with sustainability. Moonen Packaging has been a sustainability leader in the industry for many years.
Dorothy GrandiaCommunication Faculty for the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations. view moreDorothy Grandia combines exposure to the complex nature of decision-making in the political arena in the beginning of her career with the performance orientation of fifteen years on the international opera stage to help her clients – mostly women and scientists – gain more influence with their communication.
Jules MaîtrepierreFounder IFSA and Thetutorist view moreJules Maitrepierre is a 23 years old entrepreneur. He is the Founder of IFSA Network and of Thetutorist. He has previously worked in private equity, microfinance and strategy consulting. He is currently finishing a post graduate degree in Strategic Management at the Rotterdam School of Management.
Hans van Ierlandco-Founder and CEO at HPE Growth Capital view moreHans is co-Founder and CEO at HPE, where he focuses on selecting the right portfolio companies, strengthening the management teams and exits. Hans was co-Founder and Managing Partner at Holland Corporate Finance. He also worked at PwC and started his career at Shell as a Petrolueum Engineer.
Kristel BaelePresident of the Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam. view moreMSc Baele started at the International Labour Organization, a specialized unit within the United Nations in Geneva. She was vice president at various universities in the Netherlands. Kristel Baele is a member of the Education Council of the Netherlands, the independent advisory body for strategic education.
Wampie LibonDeputy Chief of Mission of the Netherlands Embassy in Brussel view moreWampie Libon began her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997. She worked in The Hague, in New York, in Brussels and as an European advisor to Prime Ministers Balkenende and Rutte. After the summer, she will lead the Economic Department at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington. Wampie Libon is an alumnus of Rotterdam School of Management.
Prof. Casper van EijckProfessor in General Surgery with special attention to the pancreas - Rotterdammer van het Jaar 2017 view moreProf C.H.J van Eijck studied medicine at the Erasmus University. He presented his thesis entitled: The role of Somatostatin receptors in breast and pancreatic cancer. In 2009 he became professor in General Surgery with special attention to the Pancreas and started as team doctor of Feyenoord Rotterdam. He was elected Rotterdammer van het Jaar in 2017.
Monique PariatDirector-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) view moreMonique Pariat is appointed Director-General in European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations in September 2015. Prior to this post, she also occupied DG for “Agriculture and rural DEvelopment”, Fisheries and and Maritime Policy” and “Justice, Freedom and Security”.
Anoek HoijtinkHead of Partnerships, UNICEF NL view moreAnoek first worked for Unilever where she and two other colleagues founded Branddoctors, a marketing consultancy agency. She moved in Africa in 2012 for 4 years during which she became an associate partner for Innate Motion. When she came back, she worked first for the Dutch Red Cross, before starting at UNICEF in April last year.
Kay de Gier-FormanekFounder and CEO of Diversity and Performance BV view moreKay is the founder and CEO of KAY Diversity & Performance B.V., a global company committed to embedding diversity of talent into the transformational purpose of companies so to unleash more creativity, more innovation, more growth, more engagement and better financial outcomes.
Gabriël OostvogelConsultant, manager in the cultural world - Former Director of De Doelen view moreGabriël Oostvogel started his career as both an architect and a professional singer and concert promoter. Before becoming general director of de Doelen, he worked at the Dr. Anton Philipszaal, the then concert hall of The Hague. As of 2018 Gabriël chose to be an independent consultant and interim manager to broaden his scope and skills.
Jasper de BruinPartner Deloitte view moreJasper is an audit partner at Deloitte and is based in Rotterdam. He serves international energy related clients and travels regularly to countries like Russia and Venezuela. He is a result-driven professional with a strong people focus. Jasper is an alumnus of Erasmus University Rotterdam and organized the Business Week in 1997.
Sandra PhlippenEconomics editor Algemeen Dagblad view moreSandra is Economics editor at Algemeen Dagblad. Before this, she worked as Editor-in-chief Economics Statistics Quarterly at ESB. Next to her job as an editor, Sandra is also a political economic commentator at the tv-program Buitenhof.
Jef WintermansCoordinator Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile at the Social and Economic Council view moreForger of coalitions for implementing lasting change in the global value chain of garments and textile, balancing societal needs and business interests. OECD due diligence expert. Proud father of two children. Passionate about European integration, sea sailing and singing.
Johan BuitengaA former Chief Auditor at ING; Executive Advisor / Coach / Trainer view moreJohan Buitenga spent 26 years in the financial sector, initially as a Corporate Banker in Europe, the Middle East, the Former Soviet Union and Asia. Subsequently he acted as a global Risk Manager and as a Chief Auditor at ING. He developed from a being a finance specialist to becoming a transition leader. He is engaged to bring ratio, content and process driven professionals in balance with their personal strengths, to connect the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ sides. After a career time out Johan is focussing on advising, coaching and training executives.