Duisenberg School of Finance
|Motto||Duces autem in rebus oeconomicis|
Motto in English
|For leaders in finance|
|University of Amsterdam; Vrije Universiteit|
|Dean||Dr. Dirk Schoenmaker|
( 92 in Master of Finance)
( 3 in Ph.D.)
|Location||Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands
Gustav Mahlerplein 117, 1082 MS
Duisenberg School of Finance (DSF) is an educational organization in the Netherlands that offers Master's level education in finance. The school was initiated as a collaborative initiative of the financial sector and various academic institutions. Amongst others, the founders of the initiative were Nout Wellink and Minister of Economic Affairs, Maria van der Hoeven. The name was chosen by the founders to honor Wim Duisenberg, the first President of the European Central Bank.
The annual enrollment is around one hundred students. An administrative staff of eighteen faculty members comes from partnering institutions. The university is located in Amsterdam financial district Zuidas. The campus of the school is in the Symphony Offices building. The board of directors and the executive fellowship at DSF are also executive board directors at largest financial institutions in Netherlands. The school offers Masters of Science in four major tracks, amongst them the LLM program in Finance. 
The program is designed as an expedited and intensive training in finance and law, taught by an international faculty. Masters courses are designed for MSc in Risk Management, Financial Markets & Regulation, Corporate Finance & Banking and Masters in Finance LLM track. The program directors, Joe McCahery, Bernd Jan Sikken and Florencio López-de-Silanes, are faculty members and researchers at Tilburg University, World Economic Forum and EDHEC respectively.
Duisenberg School of Finance brings academic and industry perspectives together in order to move towards sustainable operation of the financial sector. The school aims to contribute to the creation of a favorable investment climate for financial institutions in the Netherlands.
The school was founded on September 7 in 2008 and was set up as a think tank for international scholars of economics, risk management and corporate governance. The research program was designed to create scientific and well-researched solutions for the post-crisis structural changes.
Several major Dutch financial services companies have signed an agreement to partner in financing the operation of DSF. Executive management, including the governmental officials, have seats on the board of DSF or act as the executive fellows. DSF was founded as a collaborative effort of academic researchers, financial companies, legal firms and governmental organizations.
A large proportion of the graduates choose to continue their careers with one of the industry partners. Universities that partnered with the school have several dedicated faculty members who conduct research and lecture at DSF. Courses are typically taught by visiting faculty. Academics from, amongst others, University of Amsterdam (UvA), Vrije Universiteit (VU), work on collaborative research projects with financial practitioners. Periodically the lectures are taught by executive management of the partnering financial institutions.
The school research program is designed according to its mission statement. DSF Policy Briefs are designed together with regulators, professionals from the industry and policymakers. Articles that meet the school research criteria are published in the public domain. Students and faculty publish research papers aimed at critically reassessing the contemporary regulatory environment and efficiency of the financial sector. The Tinbergen Institute cooperates with DSF to work on collaborative research projects.
The faculty at DSF are full-time professors and researchers at the partnering institutions.
- Noreena Hertz, academic, economist and best-selling author
- Andre Lucas, professor of Finance VU University Amsterdam
- Winter Jaap, dean Vrije Universiteit
- Jon Danielsson, an Icelandic economist teaching in the LSE
- Laurens de Haan, a Dutch economist and Emeritus Professor of Probability and Mathematical Statistics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Armin Schwienbacher, a permanent professor of finance at the Université Lille 2 and SKEMA Business School (France)
- Timo Busch, professor at the School of Business, Economics and Social Science of University of Hamburg
- Merritt Fox, Michael E. Patterson Professor of Law, NASDAQ Professor for Law and Economics of Capital Markets
- Curtis Milhaupt, Parker Prof. of Comparative Corporate Law; Fuyo Prof. of Japanese Law; Dir. Ctr. Japanese Leg. Stud.
- Enrico Perotti, Professor of International Finance, Former Chair, Finance Group
- Murillo Campello, Lewis H. Durland Professor of Management Professor of Finance
- Ralph ter Hoeven, Professor Financial Reporting at University of Groningen, partner at Deloitte
- Rene Hooft Graafland, Executive Board and CFO, Heineken
- Wim Holterman, Professor of Business Valuation, University of Groningen, and Managing Partner of the valuation practice of PwC in the Netherlands
- Jasper Knol Bruins, Merger Integration & Carve Out Services leader, Deloitte
- Bart de Klerk, Director ING Corporate Finance
- Robert-Jan van de Kraats, CFO and Vice-Chairman Executive Board, Randstad
- Joost Kromhout, Executive Director, Rabobank Equity Capital Markets
- Daan van Manen Senior Director M&A, Philips
- Jaap van Manen, Professor of Corporate Governance, University of Groningen, partner Strategic Management Centre
- Rob Oudman, Managing Director Leonardo & Co
- Cees van Rijn Former CFO and Executive Board Member, Nutreco, and various Supervisory Board positions
- Erik Roelofsen, Professor of International Financial Reporting and Capital Market Communication, Erasmus University
- Hans Schenk, Professor of Organisational Economics, Utrecht University
The public lectures are organized by the industry partners.
- William Rhodes, an American banker, and philanthropist
- Aswath Damodaran, is a Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb, essayist, scholar, statistician, and risk analyst
- Charles Goodhart, was a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee
- Khalid Bakkali,Director M&A, NIBC
- Jan Louis Burggraaf, M&A partner at Allen & Overy
- Costas Constantinou, Senior Manager at EY's valuation and business modelling practice in the Netherlands
- Kees Cools, Partner Strategy &, formerly Booz & Company
- Teun Teeuwisse Equity Analyst, Kempen & Co
- Jeroen van der Wal Practice Leader Valuation, Deloitte in the Netherlands
- Jeroen Weimer Practice Leader Valuation, KPMG Corporate Finance in the Netherlands
- Henk van Dalen, Former CFO of DSM, TNT and Vimpelcom
- Casper de Vries, holds the chair of Monetary Economics at the Erasmus School of Economics
- Arne Grimme, M&A partner at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
- Hans Haanappel, Independent corporate finance advisor, provider of in-house training on valuation and modelling
- Wouter van der Heijden, Director at KPMG Corporate Finance
- Roderick van den Hemel Vice President, ING Corporate Finance
The school has on average 90 students with approximately 25 students per program. Master's students either study full-time or part-time. The majority of the students are international students, and the average age is between 26 and 28. As part of coursework students normally complete an internship in finance or a related field, traditionally with one of the partnering institutions.
The Higher School of Economics has a dual-Masters agreement with DSF and annually 5-10% of the student body is from Russia. Other students come from India, China, Africa, Indonesia, USA, Latin America, Students from The Netherlands represent around 30-35% of the student body.
It is DSF tradition to open the academic year with one of the students ringing the bell at NYSE Euronext.
Duisenberg school of finance hosts public debates on topics related to international finance, economics and banking. The debates feature speakers and panelists from DNB, EIOPA and IMF, amongst others. The results of these public debates are frequently used by participating financial service companies as external communications tools.
|Joseph Streppel||Chairman, Duisenberg School of Finance Board|
|Jean-Pierre Boelen||Member Global Financial Services Board & Managing Partner Financial Services Practice Netherlands, Deloitte |
|Kees van Dijkhuizen||Chief Financial Officer of ABN AMRO|
|Lex Hoogduin||University of Amsterdam, Advisor to the Board of DSF |
|Carla Mahieu||Executive Vice President AEGON., Global Head Human Resources.|
|Angelien Kemna||Member of the Executive Board and CFRO, APG |
|Pr. Dr. Dirk Schoenmaker||Dean, Duisenberg school of finance |
|Job Swank||Member of the Governing Board of De Nederlandsche Bank |
|Koos Timmermans||Vice-Chairman ING Bank |
|Hans Vijlbrief||Treasurer-General at the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the former President of De Nederlandsche Bank |
The network of the industry practitioners from the partnering institutions collaborates with the school and each other with the Executive Fellows program. The Executive Fellows work closely with the school research for seeking the solutions to contemporary developments (and challenges) of the finance industry. 
Scholarships and awards
Duisenberg school of finance offers the Wim Duisenberg (EU) Scholarship, Thesis Competition, Dutch Board Member Leadership Award, Woman in Finance Scholarship, Country Specific Scholarships, Orange Tulip and the ING Loan Scheme. Duisenberg Battle winners are awarded scholarships as well.
Duisenberg Honors Program
Duisenberg school of finance, University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Free University of Amsterdam (VU) have signed a letter of intent to collectively set up the Amsterdam Universities Business School (AUBS). The three parties will closely collaborate in order to create an Amsterdam based international business school, operating in the fields of accounting, business, finance and law. In the fall of 2014 the DSF board took a decision to integrate the existing Master's programs with partnering academic institutions. As of September 1, 2015, DSF will be integrated into the economics and business faculties at the UvA and VU.
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