Nationality: Dutch (from Curaçao)
Job title and company: Business Development Manager at Triskelion BV
Previous degree and university: Master in biology at Radboud University, and PhD in Medical Sciences at Radboud University Medical Centre, the Netherlands
Stanleyson lives with his girlfriend in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. He loves salsa dancing, and used to teach it too. He also likes reading, science and technology. He spends a lot of time travelling, for work and for fun.
1. Why did you decide to join RSM’s Executive MBA?
“After completing my PhD, I was a group leader at the Radboud University medical centre. I realised I never learned about finance or economics. The MBA seemed a good choice to close that skills gap. RSM was an easy choice. The rankings were good and RSM was always the best among Dutch business schools, and there’s a huge network.”
2. How are you managing to balance studying with work?
“I research companies for partnerships to grow the organisation I work for. We discuss how the services we provide add value to their drug development pipeline. This entails lots of travels and company visits, making it challenging to balance it with the studying. The most important thing is to keep on top of it. Even if it’s just one hour, just do a little bit every day and do it consistently.”
3. How is the EMBA experience affecting your work?
“It’s broadening my view. I look at our challenges and how we tackle things internally. Instead of assuming something is the best way to move forward, I now question why we do things. I think about how we can do it differently and more effectively. This makes some things easier now. And I get people to see and implement this. I look differently at how we can grow as an organisation and how we do things.”
4. What is the return on investment you expect from the Executive MBA?
“Growth. I wanted to close the skills gap: learn about business aspects such as marketing and finance, and develop my leadership skills. In the end, that should result in having a role in which I have a significant positive impact on the company I’m working for while really doing something I love.”
5. How has the Personal Leadership Development programme (PLD) affected you?
“It makes you take a step back, look at yourself and reflect on what type of leader you want to be. I also learn from others. The PLD runs alongside other courses, which means you keep getting triggered to reflect on yourself as a leader and continuously keep working on yourself.”
6. What did you learn from the international study trip?
“In Cape Town, we learned that you don’t need a lot of resources to have a successful business. We saw good businesses which started with resources you wouldn’t even think about here. It made me think about what it means to be an entrepreneur, and what you need to make your dreams come true. All you need is yourself and a good idea. If you have the will and perseverance, you can succeed.”
7. What is the biggest challenge of the Executive MBA?
“Obviously the time and amount of information you have to process. It’s very gratifying but it’s an extremely intense process. There’s always time pressure but if you really want to be academically successful and use the information in your work, it means you have to put in the hours. You have to sacrifice some social aspects. But it’s just for a limited time. When people know you’re doing an MBA, they understand the time investment to reach your goals. I’m meeting wonderful, ambitious people. The shared experiences and learning from each other keep me motivated. You can really help each other to grow.”
8. How do you plan to be a force for positive change?
“One of my main drivers is to be at the forefront of innovation in science, business and technology. I want to be an agent of change, and think about how can we do something better, faster, more efficient. In my function I help biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies to speed up their development pipelines. I’m pushing this forward, and hope that what we do now leads to the development of new medicine to improve people’s health and well-being.”
9. After the Executive MBA, what does the future hold?
“The nice thing about the future is that is in unwritten. I want to continue to grow, and create more impact and success. I’m not sure yet where that will be. It’s about the challenge and achieving your goals.”