Vincent Kneefel

Vincent Kneefel

Study | Year of graduation: MScBA GBSM, 2011

Employment: Accenture

Job title: Consultant

What are the most valuable skills that you took from your education at RSM? 
"My education at RSM has given me the opportunity to truly understand the sustainability challenges that businesses and society are confronted with. As a Management Consultant working for Accenture, I specialize in the Utility sector (Electricity, Gas, Water providers). For many of our Utility clients, markets are changing dramatically because of new technology, changing consumer behavior, new policies and regulations and a changing climate. The New Energy Consumer research program I am leading, is essentially a guide to the changes occurring in the utilities industry and offers strategies for long-term success. RSM has provided me with the global perspective, analytic skill set and research and communication skills that are absolutely essential in my work environment."

What was the most memorable moment at RSM? 
"During my studies, I organized Rotterdam World Ocean Day at the University with the help of many RSM faculty members. As an underwater photographer, I have witnessed the impacts of overfishing, pollution, ocean acidification, climate change and habitat destruction on marine life with my own eyes. We really have to do something about this situation now, before it is forever too late; this is why I decided to initiate this event. I had invited my ocean heroes to the event, with keynote speeches from Fabien Cousteau, Captain Paul Watson, David Doubilet and Michael Braungart. More information."

How would your former classmates remember you? 
"Probably as someone who was always busy, doing many things at the same time (organizing events, setting up his own business) and who was often away traveling to go diving."

Name three things that make you smile each day!
"Seeing and smelling the Ocean (one of the reasons why I live in Vancouver)
My wife (RSM MBA alumna Anjeni Ramtahal) 
Diving and Kitesurfing"

What is your greatest passion in life? 
"The ocean is my biggest passion. Since I was 17 I have been active as a dive master / scuba instructor. After seeing the extraordinary creatures and incredible marine life with my own eyes, I wanted to become an underwater photographer and story teller. I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to over 75 countries and have dived in many unique locations. I am currently working on my project Giants of the Caribbean, bringing awareness to marine biodiversity and megafauna conservation."

What is your ‘I WILL’
"I WILL make other people fall in love with the oceans and our planet, because people only protect what they love."