World of Business

WoB

The World of Business is the grand opening congress of the EFR Business Week and is open to all students. During this day, multiple international, renowned speakers will shed light on topical issues of changes happening in the world, share their personal experience on how they have contributed to making this world a better place and motivate the guests to be the change. You will have the opportunity to meet speakers with diverse backgrounds, giving you the chance to hear different approaches on a different theme each year.

You can view last years programme here

Besides the different speaker sessions, you can taste unique and sustainable products during the Innovation Food Market. The day will end with a networking drink, providing you the opportunity to get in touch with the speakers, alumni and other students in a more informal setting.

  • Greg Shapiro

    Host - Comedian at Boom Chicago view more
    Comedian. American. Dutchman. And the voice of Trump in the ‘Netherlands Second’ video with over 50 million views.
  • François Hollande

    Former President of France view more
    François Hollande has been the President of the French Republic from May 2012 to May 2017. During his mandate, he carried out important reforms which restored the French economy. He faced authoritatively the terrorist attacks of 2015 and 2016. Today, President Hollande chairs the Foundation “France is committed”.
  • Vesna Pusić

    Former First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia view more
    Vesna has been actively involved in Croatian and international politics for more than two decades. She is a co-founder of the first feminist group in the former Yugoslavia which, in 1979, was a controversial concept. Throughout her career she was devoted to advocating freedom, human rights, and democratic political culture, based on dialogue and tolerance.
  • Karel Lannoo

    CEO of the Centre for European Policy Studies view more
    Lannoo is an expert in European monetary policy, financial market regulation, European Union business policies and corporate governance. He has chaired various working groups at the Centre for European Policy Studies and has taken part in several studies and working groups for Spanish and European organizations.
  • Meleveetil Damodaran

    Former Chairman Securities and Exchange Board India view more
    To seek, to strive, to succeed and not to succumb is his motto. Damodaran has held a number of important positions in the Central and State Governments and in India’s financial sector. As the chairman of Securities and Exchange Board India, he was instrumental in setting the pace for appropriate regulation of the securities market in India.
  • Anne Hettinga

    Chair of the Arriva Netherlands management board view more
    Anne Hettinga has been chair of the Arriva Netherlands management board since 2006. He has been associated with the company as CFO since 2000. Hettinga is also chair of the Netherlands Federation of Mobility Companies (FMN), the representative organisation for private transport companies in the Netherlands.
  • Fleur Ravensbergen

    Assistant Director of the Dialogue Advisory Group (facilitating dialogue to reduce violence) view more
    Since 2009 Fleur has been working in the field of conflict mediation, initiating and engaging in talks with leaders of armed groups to reduce violence in several conflict situations, including Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was part of a small team which disarmed groups in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country.
  • Pim Kraan

    CEO Save the Children Netherlands view more
    Pim Kraan is CEO of the largest independent children’s rights organisation that makes up for the second largest INGO world-wide. Through the Save the Children footprint Pim looks for opportunities for market based co-operation to trigger transformational change for the next generation, keeping an eye on other current issues.
  • Jaya Baloo

    Chief Information Security Officer of KPN Netherlands view more
    Jaya Baloo is recognized in 2017 as one of the top 100 CISO's globally. Part of the information security area for the past 18 years, mostly for global telecommunications companies. Jaya is also a frequent speaker at security conferences on subjects around lawful interception, mass surveillance, and cryptography.
  • Dirk-Jan de Bruijn

    Director of the Traffic Innovation Centre view more
    Dirk-Jan has spent the last three decades realizing changes in the public domain. He is passionate about changing a plate of spaghetti into dish of asparagus – or lasagna. He proudly organized the European Truck Platooning Challenge – driving with convoys of all truck manufacturers through Europe on our public roads.
  • Paul Smits

    CFO Port of Rotterdam view more
    In his position as CFO, Paul is responsible for Finance, IT, and Procurement as well as setting up initiatives to stimulate innovation in the Port of Rotterdam. He also has an important role in the execution of the essential targets stipulated in the Port Vision 2030, especially with respect to environment.
  • Inghwa Hengefeld

    Partner Assurance at EY view more
    As a partner at EY, she is serving national and international clients in various industries such as real estate, construction, project development and transportation. In addition to delivering high quality audits, her goal is to build high performing teams - with her EY colleagues as well as with her clients.
  • Leen Zevenbergen

    Serial Entrepreneur, EUR Alumnus, CEO Solarus, Co-Founder & Chairman B-Corps Europe view more
    His passion lies in starting something that doesn’t exist, preferably in a sustainable fashion. The combination of his entrepreneurial ventures and experience of running large multinational companies, was the input for the several management books that he wrote. He is now one of the European leaders in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship.
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