World of Business


World of Business was the grand opening conference of the EFR Business Week and was open to all students. The theme of 2019 was #TheNewWorld. An environment in which technology, artificial intelligence, blockchain, sustainability and big data are the key to success. Moreover, social and political aspects of society are shifting. For instance, the way in which we consume news, the need for more women in the boardroom, and the political polarization.

Throughout the day, speakers from diverse backgrounds have shed light on current developments in the world, shared their personal experiences, and gave a glimpse of the new world.

  • Constantijn van Oranje

    Special Envoy of StartupDelta view more
    Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau leads StartupDelta, the accelerator for the startup ecosystem in the Netherlands and advises companies and the European Commission on their digital innovation strategies. He is a regular speaker at national and international tech conferences and holds a number of positions in both the public and private sector.
  • Neelie Kroes

    Former European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda view more
    Neelie Kroes is an active Board member/advisor of several (inter)national companies, such as Board Member Salesforce, Advisor Impraise BV and President Supervisory Board The Social Medwork BV. Previously Neelie Kroes was Special Envoy for startups in the Netherlands.
  • Marjan van Loon

    President Director of Shell Nederland view more
    “Our future world requires leadership, courage, and emerging coalitions to provide cleaner, affordable energy to all. Everyone with their own role, but together nonetheless.”
  • Michiel Muller

    Co-founder Picnic view more
    "Entrepreneurship has been an important factor in improving peoples lifes for ages. Entrepreneurs these days are exceedingly using new technologies with a focus on sustainability and inclusive prosperity. This gives hope for our cities and the planet."
  • Jeff Car

    CFO of Ahold Delhaize view more
    As CFO and Member of the Management Board of Ahold Delhaize, Jeff Carr leads one of the world’s largest food retail groups. Prior to the merger between Ahold and Delhaize in 2016, he served as CFO of Ahold from 2011. Before, Jeff served as board member at FirstGroup and easyJet.
  • Bram Jonker

    Senior Innovation and Technology Manager at Deloitte view more
    "Technology and specifically AI will change us. It will change jobs, not where they become obsolete, but where there will be a shift in tasks. More focus than ever will be on tasks that require our humanity like creativity, critical thinking, communication or collaboration. It will be the rise of humans!"
  • Kirsten Schuijt

    CEO WWF-Netherlands view more
    “For The New World of tomorrow, we need to learn to live in harmony with nature. By producing and consuming within planetary boundaries and with care for our natural environment, we secure prosperity for ourselves and future generations.”
  • Tineke Bakker - van der Veen

    Managing Director of Boeing Benelux & Nordics view more
    “By investing in innovation and STEM initiatives for the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators, Boeing is actively working today to lead tomorrow’s developments in air travel, space exploration and urban mobility.”
  • Anne Hettinga

    CEO Arriva Netherlands view more
    "The New World gives us an excellent opportunity to make fundamental steps in society. A world in which diversity, sustainability and social responsibility is key."
  • Clemens Oestreich

    Captain Infinity and Initiator EarthToday view more
    “In The New World ‘better’ is the new ‘bigger’ and ‘less’ the new ‘more’."
  • Rieneke van Noort

    Captain of Delft Hyperloop team view more
    "The New World is a place where people and planet are connected, where development and innovation are encouraged: where we strive for the best, together."
  • Stefania Giodini

    Initiator at Netherlands Red Cross view more
    “I believe change starts with your own doing. Then, just do it. You can always apologize later on.”
  • Bas Verhart

    Founder of DFFRNT Media
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