There are many ways that people can express being a force for positive change. Four of the best examples have been recognised with Distinguished Alumni Awards from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). They were presented this afternoon to outstanding RSM alumni in recognition of excellent contributions to society or business, for excellent entrepreneurial spirit, or for other equally prestigious qualities. RSM’s Dean Prof Steef van de Velde presented them at the annual RSM Leadership Summit 2018 in the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam.

Recipients of the awards exemplify excellent leadership and reflect RSM’s mission to be a force for positive change. Joining the ranks of RSM Distinguished Alumni in 2018 are Diederick van der Wijk; Niels van Deuren; Tom Marshall; and Alexandre Moneton and Jasper J. J. Buntinx (joint award).

Nominees were put forward from the network of 36,000+ RSM alumni with senior positions in private, public and non-profit organisations around the world. Nominations were made in two categories: for achievement, and for volunteering.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award 2018

The recipients are:

The achievement award acknowledges alumni who are a force for positive change in business or society. This can be as a part of a corporate community, as an entrepreneur, or as an individual whose life mission is to improve the lives of others or to protect or improve the environment.

Distinguished Alumni Volunteering Award 2018

The recipients are:

Alexandre Moneton: BSc International Business Administration 2011, MSc International Management/CEMS 2014 and founder at Danish Capital LLC in Toronto;

Jasper J. J. Buntinx: BSc International Business Administration 2012, MSc Finance & Investments 2014 and infrastructure associate at Macquarie Group in London.

This is a joint award for their joint effort. They established the RSM Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship, which support students with financial constraints to participate in the BScIBA at RSM.

The volunteering award recognises alumni volunteers who share their time or resources to contribute to RSM’s reputation, research, education and student experience, or help promote alumni relations.

New award for volunteering

The awards recognise alumni who are agents of positive change. And as times change, so the categorising of the awards changes. There have been several categories since the first Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented in 2009.

This year, a new award for volunteering was introduced to reflect the increasing number of alumni who are giving back to the school in many ways. “They are critical to the school,” says RSM’s Director of Corporate and Alumni Relations Sue Martin. “Alumni matter to a business school; they can give us advice and advocacy as we follow what’s going on in their world, and they are prime examples of what an RSM education can give you.

“They are delivering the positive change of RSM, and we are proud see it. We are very excited to be able to put at least some of them in the spotlight now,” she said.

Shortlist and voting

Nominations could be made by RSM alumni, students, faculty members or staff members. A shortlist of nominees was judged by a jury of six RSM staff, faculty and Distinguished Alumni, who kept in mind RSM’s mission and core values: to be critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers who are a force for positive change.

The shortlist of 25 nominees was put to a public vote on RSM’s website in September. The awards were presented to the four nominations that came top in the aggregated results of these two processes.

Jury members looking for positive change

Six jury members contributed their scores to the results of the online voting. When choosing award recipients, the jury kept RSM’s mission and core values in mind. The recipients are all critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers who are a force for positive change.

The jury members were:

  1. Prof. Dirk van Dierendonck, Professor of Human Resource Management at RSM
  2. Martin Kersbergen, Distinguished Alumnus 2013 and Chief Brand Officer at Coöperatie DELA
  3. Elizabeth Rogers, Distinguished Alumna 2017 and founder at Founder at Kuunda 3D and independent consultant
  4. Alba Tiley, Distinguished Alumna 2014 and Global Sustainable Antibiotics Director at DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals
  5. Sue Martin, Director of Corporate and Alumni Relations at RSM
  6. Willem Koolhaas, Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications at RSM

Interviews with RSM’s latest Distinguished Alumni will be featured in the forthcoming issue of the alumni magazine RSM Outlook, which is due for publication in early December 2018.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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