Study | Year of graduation: MScBA, 2002
Employment: Dutch Parliament for Liberal Democrats (D66)
Job title: Member
What are the most valuable skills you took from your education at RSM?
"When I studied business management I knew very early that I was most interested in Strategic Management. Thinking forward, thinking in opportunities and facing challenges. These elements are now clearly present in my daily work in the Parliament."
What was the most memorable moment at RSM?
"The most memorable moment was during my master thesis. It was then when I realised I did not want to work for a company or multinational, but in public services. Most students choose for a study like Public Policy. Of course that is valuable, but I really believe that my study at RSM and Strategic Management gave me a basis to think outside the box. Public services can learn a lot from business. And vice versa."
How would your former classmates describe you?
"Nowadays when I meet people from my student time, they always say “we knew you will be doing something that’s different than any other graduate in business management”. So I think they expected this from me. Although I have surprised some people by joining the Navy after graduating. For me it did make sense, I needed to discover myself and my personal boundaries, both physically and mentally. As a military I have learned things no company, no public organization could ever have given to me. The soul of leadership. I’m grateful to the Royal Navy for that, the rest of my life."
Name three things that make you smile each day!
"Humor at a moment you do not expect it. Moments of being aware of happiness, they last so shortly! Realizing that I am loved by the people who are the most important in my life and that they love me just for the person that I am."
What is your greatest passion in life?
"My greatest passion is dancing. When I dance I feel truly myself. It feels like coming home, every time."
What is your 'I WILL'?
"As long as I live I WILL do my best to make a difference. It does not matter where, with whom and when."