Management Week

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The STAR Management Week is the highlight of the year at RSM Erasmus University, as it is one of the largest student events in Benelux. This weeklong event is considered the annual pinnacle of STAR. Each autumn, over 100 multinationals, 6,000 students, and several guest speakers from around the globe participate in the STAR Management Week. The STAR Management Week was first organized in 1987, named Sviib Week. In 1996, the name changed to Sviib Management Week, changing to STAR Management Week in 2005.

The STAR Management consists of a wide array of activities, such as :

  • Entrepreneurial Seminar
  • Women's Conference
  • Workshops
  • Corporate Games
  • Golf Clinic
  • Sushi Workshop
  • Company Dinner
  • Company Visit
  • Inhouse Day
  • STAR Party

Academic Activities[edit]

The STAR Management Week always opened with the Academic Conference. The STAR Management Week 2013 will be the first edition without this conference. Instead, it will host a Women's Conference and the annual recurring Entrepreneurial Seminar.

The Academic Conference was a distinguished academic event hosting several business and political leaders, who discussed global issues. Past speakers include:


  • Jim Stolze - Host of the Day
  • Herbert Hainer - CEO Adidas group
  • Joost Conijn - Artist
  • Kyle MacDonald - One Red Paperclip
  • Joseph Oubelkas - Author of ‘400 brieven van mijn moeder’
  • Samuel Aranda - Photographer, Winner of the ‘World Press Photo 2012’


  • Hans Weijers - CEO Akzo Nobel)
  • Jan Heemskerk - Editor-in-Chief at SMM/Playboy
  • Rebecca Stephens - First British woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits
  • Eelco Hoekstra - Chairman of the Executive Board of Royal Vopak
  • Christof H. Rühl - Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc


  • Baptiest Coopmans - Managing Director of Royal KPN NV and member of the Executive Board
  • Dick Boer - CEO of Ahold Nederland NV and COO of Royal Ahold NV
  • Pieter Jongstra - CEO of Ernst & Young
  • Jan Pronk - Former Minister for Development Cooperation and former Minister of Environment
  • Joop Munsterman - President of FC Twente and CEO of Royal Wegener NV
  • Jan Närlinge - Vice President of Boeing International and President of Boeing Northern Europe
  • Ulrich Bez - CEO of Aston Martin


  • Chairman of the day: Lucy Hockings - Presenter of BBC World News
  • Nick Hoek - CEO of Delta Lloyd Group
  • Peter Bakker - CEO of TNT
  • Reinhard Gorenflos - Senior Executive of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & co.
  • Erik Varwijk - Executive Vice President International and the Netherlands of Air France KLM
  • Freek Vermeulen - Associate professor of Strategic & International Management London Business School
  • Alex Brenninkmeijer - Ombudsman of the Netherlands
  • Maxime Verhagen - Minister of Foreign Affairs


  • Guusje ter Horst - Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
  • Jenny Shipley - Former Prime Minister of New-Zealand
  • Chris Zook - Head of Global Strategy Practice Bain & Company
  • Jan van Rutte - CEO of Fortis Bank Netherlands N.V.
  • Paul Schnabel - Director of The Netherlands Institute for Social Research/SCP
  • Chang - former CEO Philips Greater China
  • René Paas - Chairman of the National Federation of Christian Trade Unions in the Netherlands
  • Henk Volberda - Chairman of the Department of Strategic Management & Business Environment

2007 (Theme: Turn Good into Gold)[edit]

2006 (Think Free, Act Different)[edit]

2005 (The Political Risks of Foreign Investments)[edit]

  • Charles Hodson - CNN Anchorman
  • George Möller - CEO of Robeco
  • Gordon Redding - INSEAD
  • Guoyong Liang - UNCTAD
  • Carlos Fortin - UNCTAD
  • Mohammed Ibrahim - Founder and CEO of Celtel
  • Jack Koolen - Managing Director Monitor Group South Africa
  • Tayfun Bayazit - CEO Disbank
  • Kaya Tuncer - President of ESBAS

Entrepreneurial Seminar[edit]

The Entrepreneurial Seminar is the event where successful entrepreneurs share their experience with young students. Past speakers at the Entrepreneurial Seminar include:


  • Menno Beker - Host of the Day and Serial Entrepreneur
  • Batul Loomans - Founder Buddha to Buddha
  • Angelie Kaag & Cécile Wijdenes - Founders Lily’s Cupcakes
  • Henk Teunissen - CEO Rivièra Maison
  • Philip Hess - Co-founder Senz◦ umbrellas
  • Reinout Oerlemans - Founder Eyeworks


  • Chairman of the day: Eva Jinek (Journalist, TV anchor)
  • John de Mol - Co-founder Endemol
  • Reynier van Bommel - CEO Van Bommel B.V.
  • Jan van Kuijk - Co-founder Flow Traders
  • Taco Carlier - Co-founder VANMOOF
  • Ridder Drost - Founder Liquido d'Oro BV


  • Chairman: Ben Tiggelaar (Author, researcher and speaker)
  • Marlies Dekkers - Founder Marlies Dekkers
  • Harald van der Swinkels - Co-founder Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij
  • Marc van der Chijs - Founder Tudou
  • Igor Milder - Co-founder of INPACT
  • Water Peteri - Co-founder of Quooker
  • Bob Ultee - Founder of Sabon


  • Chairman: Ben Tiggelaar (Author, researcher and speaker)
  • Rob Heilbron - Founder of Sapph Lingerie and co-founder of O’Neill
  • Jitse Groen - Founder of and
  • Jacob Gelt Dekker - Founder of One Hour Super Photo and Budget Rent a Car
  • Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten - Serial Internet Entrepreneur Founder of Redirect Services
  • Duncan Stutterheim - Founder of ID&T, World’s biggest dance entrepreneur
  • Kevin Eyres - Chief Executive Officer of LinkedIn Europe
  • Mark Wegh - Emerging Entrepreneur 2008, Founder of Porsche Centrum Gelderland
  • Thijs Boekhoff - Founder of Squarewise


  • Chairman: Ben Tiggelaar (Author, researcher and speaker)
  • Mario Moretti Polegato - Founder of Geox
  • Dirk Scheringa - Founder of DSB Bank
  • Henk Keilman - Founder of RIG Investments
  • Richard Homburg - Founder of Homburg N.V.
  • Annemarie van Gaal - Founder of AM Media
  • Marc Cornelissen - Adventurer and Founder of Xmarx
  • Bernhard van Oranje - Co-Founder Levi9 Global Sourcing


  • Maarten de Bruijn - Co-founder Spyker Cars N.V. and Founder and CEO Silvestris
  • Eric Meurice - President and CEO ASML Holding N.V.
  • Clarissa Sarah Slingerland - Founder and CEO MissPublicity
  • Justin Sanders - CEO Campina B.V.
  • Coen van Oostrom - Founder and CEO OVG Project Development
  • Alexander Ribbink - CEO TomTom N.V.
  • Yvonne Swaans - Founder and CEO Direct Wonen N.V.


  • Chairman: Pieter Witteveen (Founding partner and director OC&C Strategy Consultants Benelux)
  • Frits Goldschmeding - Founder, Former President and Former CEO Randstad Holding N.V.
  • Nancy McKinstry - CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board Wolter Kluwer N.V.
  • Gary Mesch - Co-founder, Former CEO and Former Chairman Versatel Telecom International N.V.
  • Marc van der Heijden - Co-founder, Former Chief Regulatory Officer Versatel Telecom International N.V.
  • Marlies Dekkers - Entrepreneur and Founder of Undressed
  • Tierry Schaap - Founder and Chairman of the Management Board BicnkBank
  • Peter Swinkels - CEO Bavaria N.V.
  • René Frijters - Co-founder and Executive Director of Alex Beleggersbank


  • Jorien van den Herik - Former chairman of Feyenoord
  • Mario Moretti Polegato - Founder and Chairman of Geox
  • Gerard Sanderink - Founder of Centric Holding
  • Michiel Muller - Co-founder of Route Mobiel
  • Jan van Meerveld - Founder of Heliflight & Events
  • Pieter Witteveen - (Founder OC&C Strategy Consultants)

Women's Conference[edit]

This Conference will showcase female professionals who will share their experiences and insights on how to fully realize women’s potential for professional development. Past speakers include:


  • Jacqueline Zuidweg – CEO and Owner of Zuidweg & Partners B.V.
  • Joanne Kellermann – Director Nederlandsche Bank
  • Willemijn Maas – CEO Avro
  • Yolanda Eijgenstein – Founder Why Company?
  • Lidwien Schils - Head Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Finance Rabobank International
  • Mascha Driessen – Head of YouTube Benelux
  • Melissa Raczak – Director Business Consulting Deloitte