Kalin Anev Janse

Kalin Anev Janse

Study | Year of graduation: MSc Strategic Management, 2007

Employer: European Stability Mechanism, Luxembourg

Job title: Member of the Management Board and Secretary General

What are the most valuable skills that you took from your education at RSM?
“There are many great skills I acquired during my time at RSM! If I need to pick specific ones, they would be: analytical and persuasion skills, understanding business contexts and working in an intercultural environment. My time at RSM was a very important part of my life.”

What was your most memorable moment at RSM?
“I loved receiving international students (I was one of the ‘buddies’) as well as spending half of my graduate programme abroad. With STAR, I was also part of the organising committee for a study trip to China. That was an incredible event. I learned a lot during that month. Finally and most importantly, during my time at RSM I met my wife who also studied at RSM, so we will carry RSM forever in our hearts.”

How would your former classmates describe you?
“I guess busy, engaged and passionate. I had a great time as a student at RSM, at the same time I was also on several boards, for politics among others. Still, my studies were very important to me so I tried to balance all these activities. Without knowing it at the time, that experience was crucial for my role today. As Member of the Management Board and Secretary General at the ESM, I need to balance countries’ needs, financial sector conditions and political reality. This is exactly the same balance I needed during my time at RSM (on a smaller scale of course!).”

Name three things that make you smile each day!
“The sun; people who are happy and passionate about their job, life and dreams; and my family and friends. In professional terms, these would be positive people, solving intellectual or politically challenging questions and seeing positive progress. For example, I am very happy to see that the countries the ESM/EFSF have supported, like Ireland and Spain, are growing rapidly out of the crisis. Ireland is forecast to have 6 per cent GDP growth this year, with Spain at 3.1 per cent. Both considerably exceed the 1.6 per cent euro area average. It is great to see them doing so well.”

What is your greatest passion in life?
“I love life. We have been given these 80 – 90 years to spend in this world and we can spend them in any way we want; travelling, working, making friends, enjoying art and music and anything else you might fancy. It is a like a candy store. I love that and it gives me a lot of energy. Professionally, making Europe a fantastic place to live for its 500 million citizens and cherishing the beautiful diversity of 28 countries is key to me. It is a unique place on earth. I feel blessed that I can work on making this continent stronger, better and more successful.”

What is your ‘I WILL’?
“I WILL try to make Europe an even better place – for its citizens and beyond.”