Guest Lecture Cycle: Global Business in Transition

The need for flexibility and responsiveness is a key challenge for today’s organisations and companies in a global world. How can complex organisations react in a timely way with in a constantly- moving environment, with changing competitors and customers, and increasingly disruptive innovation? How does the organisation respond? How can individuals within the organisation react with the same discipline?

In order to answer these and other questions we started a program called the “Guest Lecture Cycle: Global Business in Transition ” . Commencing in the autumn of 2015, the main objective builds on the implementation of the student-driven part of Rotterdam Education Model. We bring to the classroom outside knowledge and expertise on a range of current global business issues, developments and trends by inviting practitioners and academics to give lectures. Topics that are covered include internationalisation, intercultural awareness, corporate responsibility and sustainability, logistics, finance, entrepreneurship, and consultancy, as well as complex issues dealing with research. Especially included in the program are how cultural aspects of business can influence international trade and how ethical practices, workplace diversity, and respect for human rights and the natural environment enhance global relationships.

Our aim is to provide the students the tools necessary to propose a global business transition plan that incorporates market research and cultural awareness. The full cycle, consisting of several guest lectures, thus presents the key elements of the business process that are necessary for local companies to transition into and thrive in the global market place.

Project team


Saulius Buivys,
Lecturer-researcher, Project leader

Eva Grootjans,
Events co-ordinator

‘Purpose & Disruption’: a welcome tonic OR a lethal cocktail to the professional services industry?

Date: 16 November 2017
Time: 15:00 – 16:40
Location: KZ.C2.321

Neil Sartorio,
Partner – Lead for Local Public Services (LPS) UK, EY (Ernst & Young LLP)

Neil is passionate about making changing times lead to positive outcomes for society. He joined EY 8 years ago after a career that covered Central Government, Local Government, Auditing & Management Consultancy in the Big Four to focus on building a distinct and marketing leading Local Public Services (LPS) professional services business. He is now the lead Partner for this market in EY across all its lines of service (Consulting, Tax, Transactions & Assurance) and oversees EYs services to Local Government, Education, Police, Regionalised Transport & Housing sectors – over 350 clients in the UK.

Introduction to lecture
The fourth revolution is here. Disruption is everywhere. It has claimed the scalps of many longstanding and successful organisations. Purpose in organisational DNA has never been so important. Profit is diluted in its ability to provide purpose to shareholders, stakeholders, owners, employees, customers and society.

This lecture will explore two things:
1. How is the Professional Services industry being impacted by the accent of Purpose & Disruption? And how is it responding?
2. A working session to generate a potential venture, IP or asset to respond to a real life client challenge within the UK. This will need the group to undertake some quick thinking and deliver a pitch for an idea it develops on the day.

Foreign policy and business: how much common ground is there?

Date: 5 October 2017
Time: 15:00 – 16:40
Location: KZ.C2.3o5

André Vaughan

André Vaughan is a Dutch diplomat and policy officer with over twenty years of experience in multilateral and bilateral foreign policy. He has worked in fields as diverse as human rights, humanitarian aid, development cooperation and security. He has served abroad three times: in Belgrade (just after Dayton), in Abidjan (during the Ivorian civil war) and most recently in London. André has also worked in various corporate roles, including heading the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Diplomatic Academy, which aims to equip Dutch diplomats with the skills and knowledge they need to excel internationally.

Introduction to lecture

We live in an interconnected world where politics, business and current affairs impact on each other. Diplomacy is central to many of these international processes. The lifting of sanctions on Iran, the Brexit negotiations, and President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Accords are a few prominent examples.

The Netherlands’ foreign policy traditionally has six broad aims:

  1. Strengthening the international legal order
  2. Promoting international peace and stability, including respect for human rights
  3. Reducing poverty
  4. Advancing Dutch economic interests
  5. European integration
  6. Helping Dutch citizens in trouble abroad, and granting visas to visitors (consular work).

In this lecture we will take each of these aims in turn, and discuss what possible impact it can have on business, as well as the opportunities it can offer.

For the aims of advancing economic interests and European integration, it’s pretty obvious: Dutch diplomacy explicitly support businesses through connecting people, providing information about markets, organising events like trade missions (often lead by King Willem Alexander), and promoting investment in the Netherlands. Through the EU it seeks to do trade deals with third countries, like the recently concluded CETA agreement with Canada.

But other aspects of foreign policy can also have an impact on businesses. In multilateral institutions like the World Bank and the WTO, the Netherlands works to further transparent and fair free trade. But also think about sanctions, war, doing business in less developed countries with unclear rules, human rights (e.g. in the garment industry in Bangladesh), European policy on migration, and whether or not business people can easily obtain visas to tome to here to do deals. Issues like these can impact businesses negatively and positively, and need to be taken into account when doing business internationally.

You are what you share: experience of knowledge management at Petrobras

Date: 21 September 2017
Time: 15:00 – 16:40

Speaker: Eduardo C. Guimaraes

Eduardo has twenty-five years of professional experience, working in the finance area as banker and professor consultant both within Brazil and abroad.

He started his career at Petrobras 16 years ago as manager within the International Planning department which concluded with a one-year assignment in Angola. After this he moved back to Brazil, to take responsibility for the tax-management control of international companies of the Petrobras Group and tax management of Petrobras Dutch companies.

In 2012 Eduardo began to work as treasury manager of Petrobras in Brazil and was responsible for improving processes, automatization and cash management to increase gains in Petrobras daily operations.

Since 2015 he has been the CFO at Petrobras Netherlands BV and a member of the board of directors of this company and two other companies of the group: Petrobras Global Finance B.V and P&M Drilling BV.

Introduction to lecture

In order to have good personal or organisational performance it is not enough just to study or learn on your own. The speaker will present his worldwide view on how high results, in any company, are associated with the capability by employees to share their knowledge.

To have a good performance it is not only a matter of studying hard and learning as much as you can. I understand and have a great belief that high results, in any company, are associated with your capacity for sharing the knowledge you have.

To create an environment for growth and excellence, every person should think globally, be open to share the things learned on his/her “journey” and create a place where different skills can be combined to generate better results.

Focusing on people and their capacity for doing things, companies should provide room for discussions and improvement which would create an atmosphere of growth. This will result in stimulation of a more independent and resilient company and a more independent group of employees, as well as recognition inside and outside the company.

Investment Management: the case of real estate

Date: 22 February 2017
Time: 15:00 – 16:40
Location: KZ.C2.321

Speaker: Aleksandar Peric
Aleksandar has 10+ years’ experience in investment management at investor side. He has started as equity analyst, then moved to risk analyst position, afterwards 5+ years as portfolio manager managing investments worth cca € 450 mln. Investment sectors: energy, biotechnology and real estate.

Last couple of years his is managing own investment company that invests in listed and non-listed companies. The investment focus is predominantly on biotechnology, life sciences, api and agriculture.

Introduction to lecture
During his lecture Aleksandar Peric will discuss the following topics:
– real estate system, markets and investments
– urban economics
– real estate valuation
– debt and capital structure in real estate
– portfolio allocation
– asset backed securities (ethics)

The Founder’s Launch Codes

Date: 8 February 2017
Time: 15:00 – 16:40
Location: KZ.C2.321

Speaker: Kerry Lovell
Kerry Lovell is a marketeer and public speaker, specialized in bringing startups to market. After graduating with Honors and receiving his BSc. International Business and Management from Erasmus University he moved to the United Kingdom to further his studies. At Royal Holloway University of London he graduated Cum Laude and received his MSc. Entrepreneurship. He was also awarded distinction for his thesis, for his research on the cognitive processes that encourage or retard entrepreneurial behavior amongst Afro-Caribbean graduates in London. Kerry has largely worked in tech startups throughout the U.K. and U.S. He is, currently, working with a tech startup named Banda to introduce a mobile application to the Dutch and international market. Recently, he has worked with Banda to successfully complete a crowdfunding campaign. The company, still at pre-launch, has received nearly half a million euros in investment and is currently being valued at € 2.74 million. But for as much as Kerry enjoys helping founders grow their businesses, his true passion lies in using his knowledge and experience to inspire others to bring their ideas to life.

Introduction to lecture: In his lecture Kerry will discuss some of the important attributes a startup must possess in order to successful bring a business to market. The lecture will focus primarily on the pre-launch phase of startups. Drawing on his academic and professional experience, Kerry will share his insights on the inner-workings of launching a business successfully and the traits founders must have in order to lead them.

Key elements in his lecture:

  • The founding team
  • Management & leadership
  • Financing & Investment
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Company culture
  • Garnering international appeal

Strategic Management and Its Implementation: Royal BAM group

Date: 18 January 2017
Time: 15:00 – 16:40
Location: KZ.C2.321

Speaker: Jeroen Maan
Jeroen Maan, 38 years old, married with Linda and father of 2 beautiful daughters of 1 and 3 years old. After finishing hi study BSc Mechanical Engineering he decided to continue studies by starting a MSc in Management at Nyenrode University. Jereon has started his career in 2004 at Stork, an international contractor in the Oil and Gas industry as a management trainee. He gained experience during 10 years in multiple management roles before he has started at Royal BAM Group as Director Industry. Currently he is responsible for the business unit with projects and maintenance activities in the industry with a revenue of approximately 35 million and 170 FTE.

Mr Maan is a result driven professional who enjoys working with people. His management style is clear and effective. Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Ownership are the three pillars that support his management approach. It is his personal mission to create a company culture based on equality where individual differences are celebrated and utilized, personal development is stimulated and pleasure and proud are embedded. All leading to outstanding performance and long term value creation for both company and clients.

Introduction to lecture: During the lesson Jeroen would like to elaborate on the topic Strategic Management and the implementation of it. What is the need for strategy in this rapidly chaining world? He will explain how Royal BAM group formulated its strategy towards 2020. After that, he will ask the students to do an assignment in small groups about the translation of a group strategy to business unit level. The outcomes will be evaluated plenary where after he will provide the students insights in the process BAM have untaken to the strategy of the Industry department. This lesson including the assignment will take 2 hours and will be highly interactive.

Sustainable Business Practices

Date: 15 December 2016
Time: 13:00 – 15:30
Location: Auditorium

Speaker: Bruce Haase
With more than 20 years of business experience on four continents, Bruce Haase brings both a deep understanding of business sustainability issues and hands-on experience implementing sustainability and innovation strategies within international commercial organizations. His business experience included 10 years at Canon Europe, where he served  as CSR Director for EMEA.   Bruce’s business experience is complemented by work with NGOs,  public-private partnerships, and commodity supply chains.  As head of the Climate Business Engagement Unit within WWF, Bruce was responsible for the prestigious Climate Savers program.  He Holds an MSc in Sustainable Development (dist.) from University of Exeter with a focus in business leadership. Bruce has lectured around the globe on topics related to sustainability, business innovation and climate change.

Introduction to lecture: With this lecture Sustainable Business Practices we will look at the different forms sustainable business takes internationally and how cultural differences influence approaches to sustainability.  We explore the global environmental and social challenges, to gain a better understanding of the business risks and opportunities in this context.  Key concepts include shared value eco-innovation and the circular economy The lecture provides real-life business examples to understand  the concepts presented.

The Street Food Industry across the Globe
Recipes for good field research

Date: 26 October 2016
Time: 15:00 – 16:40
Location: KZ.C2.321

Speaker: Koen van der Kooy
As research lecturer, Koen van der Kooy is teaching courses Research Methodology and Business Statistics at the Graduate Department of the RBS. As member of the Intercultural Education Development (IED) and Internationalization of Higher Education research groups he is working on a variety of research projects. With a broad experience as psychological researcher and epidemiologist his main focus is helping students and colleagues in setting up research projects and supporting them with the data analysis.

Introduction to lecture: All around the world ready-to-eat food or drink sold by a hawker, or vendor, in a street or other public place. Often taken for granted and not seen as a professional entrepreneur. Being involved in various research projects investigating the Street Food Industry stretching from Vietnam to the U.S. in which different aspects e.g. psychological drivers, entrepreneurial success, business strategies were investigated. Koen wants to give an in-sight in the Street Food Industry and also share experiences on how cultural aspects play an important role which needs to be incorporated from the first phase of the research. Aiming to help the audience with a better understanding of the pitfalls in doing field research and appreciating the pureness of the Street Food Industry.

How to start business in foreign market?
Difference between east and west in business practice

Date: 12 October 2016
Time: 15:00 – 16:40
Location: KZ.C2.321

Speaker: Jia Wu
Having studied and worked 10 years in the UK and 3 years in China, Jia Wu has been sent to Netherlands for mission of promoting trade between Netherlands and China since 2014 by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT Guangdong). Being a native Chinese and spent his years in European countries, Jia has accumulated experience in helping companies from different cultural backgrounds. By facilitating trade mission, matchmaking and relation building in the past three years on the job, Jia is now working together with local trade and investment promotion organisations such as West Holland Foreign Investment Agency, Rotterdam Partner and Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion (NCH) on advising Chinese companies’ starting up and development in the Netherlands and Dutch companies to do business in China.

Introduction to lecture: Having witnessed the tremendous trade and investment growth between China and the Netherlands, Jia found that many SMEs (Small and Medium size Enterprises) paid pricy lessons in starting business in foreign market, where cross-cultural issues play major role. To help audience on better understanding the most likely cultural issues lead to business failure, Jia will share his experience in helping Dutch and Chinese companies in starting business in foreign market.

Who cares about cultural diversity? The process and outcomes of exploratory research in Silicon Valley

Date: 28 September 2016
Time: 15:00 – 16:40
Location: KZ.C2.321

jessicaSpeaker: Jessica Shinnick
A native of the U.S., Jessica moved to the Netherlands in 2004 and began her career in higher education in the Graduate Department of the Rotterdam Business School.

She has been working for the last 10 years at the Rotterdam Business School in international education. Currently, she is a member of the research group Intercultural Education Development (IED), a team of lecturers with expertise in the field of cultural awareness/competence and diversity. In addition, Jessica is an advisor at the Center of International Affairs (CoIA), working with institutes within the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences to support and facilitate them in developing more ‘international’ study programs. The primary focus of Jessica’s work is on understanding and fostering the development of intercultural sensitivity/competence.

Introduction to lecture: Two years ago, as part of the IED research group and in collaboration with the Knowledge Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Jessica travelled to Silicon Valley in California, USA, to gain a better understanding of the attitudes of the entrepreneurs and hiring professionals regarding cultural diversity in the workplace. In this presentation, Jessica will share her experiences in conducting the research- from facilitating interviews to analysing the data and finally determining the findings. Challenges, successes and learning points from the experience will identified.

Doing business in a VUCA World

8th June, 2016

David GraysonSpeaker: Prof David Grayson CBE is professor of Corporate Responsibility and founder director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University School of Management, UK.
David started his working life in marketing brand management with the multinational Procter and Gamble. For most of his career, however, he has been a social entrepreneur – starting and / or running a number of public-private-community partnerships. He co-founded Project North East, an innovative social enterprise and local development agency in 1980. PNE has now worked in sixty countries around the world on enterprise promotion, youth enterprise and small business.

He was subsequently joint-managing-director of The Prince’s Youth Business Trust and then of Business in the Community. He has also led a third HRH The Prince of Wales charity: The Prince of Wales Innovation Trust. He has chaired several UK government agencies and taskforces including the National Disability Council; and amongst his third sector chairmanships was a five-year term at the social enterprise Housing 21 providing sheltered and extra-care housing, domiciliary care and dementia services for older Britons. He now chairs Carers UK, which champions the role of the UK’s 6.5million voluntary carers. He has also served on various charity and public sector boards over the past 20 plus years. These have included the boards of the National Co-operative Development Agency, The Prince of Wales’ Innovation Trust and the Strategic Rail Authority.

He speaks, writes and advises regularly on business, society, entrepreneurialism, and future trends for businesses, media and business schools around the world. He has worked with many, leading global businesses including BP, Shell, Microsoft and Diageo.

He has worked with international institutions such as the OECD, the European Union, and the World Bank.

David did his first degree in Law at Cambridge University. He was subsequently a Wiener-Anspach Scholar at the ULB in Brussels where he completed a Masters in the politics and economics of the European Communities (now Union). He did a part-time MBA 1983-5 at Newcastle University. David has an Honorary doctorate of Laws, from London SouthBank University; & was a visiting senior fellow at the CSR Initiative of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2005-10).

David has authored five books including: “Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: the Past, Present and Future of alliances for Sustainable Capitalism” (Stanford University Press and Greenleaf 2013), co-authored with Jane Nelson from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. This won the Best book in Social Issues in Management 2015 award from the prestigious Academy of Management. His most recent book is: “Social Intrapreneurism and all that Jazz” (Greenleaf Publishing 2014 with Melody McLaren and Heiko Spitzeck.) He has also contributed chapters to several other books including “The Accountable Corporation” and “What if?”

David received an OBE for services to industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 1994, and a CBE for services to disability in 1999.

The Guardian has recently named David as one of the top ten global tweeters on sustainable leadership alongside Al Gore, Tim Cook – CEO of Apple, Sheryl Sandberg Facebook’s COO and Kumi Naidoo – the head of Greenpeace International.

Twitter: @DoughtyDavidG

Introduction to the lecture: The US military coined the VUCA acronym: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous. David will talk about the realities of doing business in a VUCA world where history is not destiny.

The Challenges of Expatriation and Repatriation

2nd June, 2016


Speaker: Andre Maximo is a Brazilian executive who has been working in the international environment for the last 10 years. Since he joined Petrobras (Brazilian National Oil Company) he had worked in Singapore, Rotterdam, London, Houston and Rio de Janeiro. He had worked as an Analyst, Trader, Consultant and Manager for the Trading and Logistic departments. He was responsible for setting up the Dutch branch of Petrobras Trading in Rotterdam. Andre holds bachelor’s degree in chemical engineer and an MBA with focus in Industrial Management.

Introduction to the lecture: In this lecture, I would like to share with you my own experience about expatriation, working overseas and repatriation. During our chat, I would like to explore with you some topics as:

  • Why companies send their employees overseas?
  • Who are the ideal candidates for expatriation?
  • How does expats feel while working in a different country?
  • How important is the repatriation process?
  • What happen if the expatriation process is successful?
  • What can happen with a bad planned expatriatiation process?

Going to do business overseas? I (maybe) have some valuable tips for you!

12th May, 2016

&NCS_modified=20140922150046&MaxW=640&imageVersion=default&AR-140929698Speaker: John Williams, Head of Breakthrough Program at Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking in UK.

High profile bank executive of one of the leading top 10 tier global banks, he is a problem solver and strategist. Worked in UK, Europe, North America, Middle East and Far East, in international trade & investment, leadership development and performance management.

He is a guest lecturer in strategy and business modelling at Imperial College and other universities, mentor and informal business coach, occasional business writer and public speaker.

Outside of work John is a runner, cyclist, recreational writer and marathon coach.

Special areas of interest: innovation, entrepreneurship, international strategy, change management, leadership development

Introduction to the lecture: John will share his experience while he was doing business with international and Asian companies. All intercultural challenges which he has faced in his internationalization endeavour.

He will also challenge you to come up with your own plan, how would you solve the same roadblocks that he has passed through.

Cultural Competence – Knowledge on the National Level

28th April, 2016

untitledSpeaker: Pieter van Nispen.

Before joining the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences Pieter van Nispen followed an international career as a diplomat, project co-ordinator at the Dutch Institute of International Affairs and as an international consultant. Outside the Netherlands he lived in Brussels, London, Ottawa, Jakarta, Rome and Prague. In this way he learned about culture in the hard way of practice before turning to the literature and research. He has written several books and developed three websites on culture. His research at present focuses on organisational culture.

Introduction to the lecture: In view of the fact that states being are dependent on one another and that for that reason many jobs have international aspects (although more often than not unacknowledged) a thorough understanding of culture and how to deal with differences is a necessary condition for every professional with higher education. The lecture focuses only on the knowledge part of the cultural competence, in particular on national cultures. The lecture starts with a definition and a concept of culture. Participants are then asked to fill in the questionnaire of Solomon and Schell, which will then be explained in some more detail. Then the concepts of values is discussed, time permitting by means of a quiz. Finally the new website on cultural competence will be introduced.

Developing Intercultural Competence

17th March, 2016

michaela-carriere-thumbSpeaker: Michaela Carriere

Drs. Michaela Carrière is project leader and trainer intercultural competence and communication at the University of Groningen. She has been involved in the field of intercultural communication since 1998, and has more than 20 years international experience (including extensive experience in India, Indonesia, Burma, Bangladesh, the United States and the Netherlands) and is currently working on her dissertation research on ‘intercultural ethical dilemmas’. She is responsible for the range of training programmes on intercultural competence ( available via the Language Centre of the RUG.

Introduction to the lecture: This lecture on Intercultural Competence will be a combination of theory and exercise, an interactive lecture with a small focus on actual competence development.

Multilateral perspectives on CSR

3rd March, 2016

FabioSpeaker: Fabio Bortolazzi, policy officer at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs,

He extensively worked on corporate sustainability and social responsibility, including enforcement and control of responsible fishery practices, inclusiveness in water management, and international responsible business conduct. Previously, Fabio worked as Environmental, Social and Governance analyst, as well as lecturer on sustainable entrepreneurship. Fabio holds a master’s degree in ethical business administration and a research master in philosophy.

Introduction to the lecture: During this lecture I’d like to introduce you to CSR from a multilateral perspective, that is, from the point of view of companies as well as of governments. Starting from your current knowledge of how companies interpret CSR, we will gradually shift, by means of analogies and differences, towards CSR for governments and by governments. As an example, I’d like to have your input on a research I’ve been recently working on during a professional exchange at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). To conclude, I shall introduce you to some soft-law instruments and international agreements that are relevant for the cooperation between companies and governments.

Keywords: Multinational Enterprises, Policy Analysis, Multilateral Agreements

Global Stakeholder Engagement & Dialogue

18th February, 2016

ornrSpeaker: Rolf J.Ornée, MBA is Managing Director of Ornée & Company ( as well as its predecessor IC/DC Consultancy (in 1986). He works as management consultant, communication advisor and executive coach/trainer. In-depth experience from the hands-on level upwards to the Board level., In a broad range of industries and service sectors like Travel & Tourism, Aviation, IT, Telecom, Retail, Finance, Health Care, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing and Automotive. Rolf has a vast international network, built up in 30plus years (USA, Asia, Australia, and Europe). Specialization area’s: Stakeholder- and Issue Management and Corporate Communication. A facilitator, trainer/coach, lecturer, business advisor, matchmaker (in business!) and project manager, with an entrepreneurial mind-set.

Introduction to the lecture: Rolf will start with highlighting a few international business/management trends that create a growing need and urgency for frequent dialogue engaging all stakeholders with the organisation. Bringing the management to pro-active dialogue is a challenge as the rewards are long term. The aim: Stakeholders like to engage with companies with an excellent reputation. Timely transparency, authenticity, global visibility and consistency in the message, result in a distinctive reputation.

The Yes and No in the Brazilian culture

21st January, 2016

IMG_4296Speaker: Roberto Gonzalez Duarte holds a PhD on Management (Cambridge University, UK). He lectures ‘International Business’ and ‘International Management’ at the Business Administration Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). His main research interests are: international business; international transfer of knowledge; the role of national culture in the international business environment.

Introduction of the lecture: The aim is to analyze how communication affects international management, in particular, HRM, marketing, and knowledge management practices. The case of Brazil (foreign operations in Brazil as well as Brazilian operations abroad) will be discussed.

Strategic challenges and entrepreneurship in SMGE

14th January, 2016


Mr René Vieveen, Managing director of the Superior Manufacturing Group Europe (SMGE) B.V.

Mrs. Biljana Pesalj, Research lecturer, RBS


BPIntroduction to the guest lecture: Mr René Vieveen, Managing director of the Superior Manufacturing Group Europe (SMGE) B.V. located in Barendrecht, will present entrepreneurship, and strategic challenges of his company, successfully doing business in the matting industry. He will portray a complex and dynamic reality of a small company that strives for continuous improvement of its performance and looks for ways to sustain its success in today’s highly competitive environment. The guest lecture will particularly address entrepreneurship, strategic and performance measurement topics. The story of SMGE will also be used as an illustration of the possible model of linking practice, research and education. On the basis of research Mrs. Biljana Pesalj, RBS research lecturer, conducted in SMGE, a case study has been written and published. Besides educational and scientific importance, this research work had a practical value for the company, which will also be presented in the guest lecture.

Using Lean six sigma for practical improvements

17th December, 2015

robSpeaker: Robert van der Meer has extensive experience (16 years) in various proven pragmatic analysis and improvement methods (Lean, Six Sigma, TPM, Operational Excellence) with a specialization in logistics, manufacturing industry and service organizations.

His various experiences and disciplines in the field of change management and advisory create a unique combination of project management, coaching, implementation and training skills. These skills are effectively utilized in an environment where vision and execution of improvements need to be connected.

As former university teacher Operational Excellence in Logistics as well as former Supply Chain Manager, he gained and shared knowledge from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

Introduction to the lecture: In this lecture he will share with us his views on using Lean Six Sigma within typical environments leading to practical improvements.

New business realities: responsible business and sustainability

3rd December, 2015

13912443_136010073508921_8430219710492538633_nSpeaker: Gerry Wade is a founder and Director of ProbusBNW, a consultancy specialising in reputation and public policy issues, corporate responsibility, stakeholder engagement and executive recruitment. He has worked in these areas for many of the UK’s leading companies, pioneering new approaches to improving and measuring the effectiveness of corporate involvement.

He has organised a wide range of public policy events, including several bringing business and think tank leaders together. He founded the ProbusBNW Dialogue, a network for executives responsible for their company’s reputation and public policy activities, and has had private working dinners with over sixty key UK and international policy-makers and ‘influentials’.

In addition to lecturing widely on corporate responsibility and corporate involvement in public policy, Gerry has had a large number of external appointments – Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Group, a member of the Board of Business in the Community and the Editorial Advisory Board of ‘Corporate Citizenship Briefing’, a (founder) trustee of the Whitehall and Industry Group, a Director of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre and a member of the management committee of the Industry and Parliament Trust and the Hansard Society.

Prior to starting ProbusBNW, Gerry worked for IBM in London, Washington DC and Brussels.

Introduction to the lecture: Drawing on a long career in public affairs, Gerry will talk about the benefits of business being involved in shaping public policy and how this can be done in an effective and responsible way.

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Investments

29th October, 2015

Taurimas ValysSpeaker: Mr. Taurimas Valys LL.M., PhD candidate (Vilnius University), senior lecturer of International Business School at Vilnius University (Lithuania) (

Mr. Valys is a Senior lecturer of International Business School at Vilnius University (Lithuania). In parallel he is a Board member of ŠEIMOS credit union (financial institution (part of corporate bank) accredited by Central Bank of Lithuania), Managing Partner of Lithuanian company „Orca Jump“ Ltd. which is providing legal, business advisory and training services mainly for foreign investors considering their business exposure or investment allocation in the Baltics or neighboring CEE and Nordic markets. Apart from Lithuanian academic experience (since 2008) he was a Visiting Professor / lecturer at universities in Spain, France, Sweden and UK; international research fellow at European Investment Bank (EIB, Luxembourg); also acted as Head of Investor Relations (IR) & Institutional Sales at several Licensed Asset & Investment management companies in EU: INVALDA group (listed on the NASDAQ OMX Baltic, focused on professional investments in CEE region, management of mutual and pension funds; LT, LV), ZIAVALDA group (Private Equity fund, as GP proactive in Stock Exchanges of Poland and Baltics, focused in CEE region and post-Soviet area markets), RESTRUS group (among TOP 3 in Lithuanian distressed assets management market), LAUTUS group (initiated by UK based SINDICATUM Capital International; investment project development and management in Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and other CIS (dealing with global market leaders (GPs) in infrastructure, utilities (water, waste management) climate change and energy sectors and LPs from USA and EU). Also for the past 14 years Mr. Valys has been involved in various project to project based cooperation with leading regional and (or) international advisory companies, think-tanks, public and private institutions (as independent expert (business, policy & legal adviser) or team leader).

Introduction to the lecture: Mr. Valys will give a lecture on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Investments, which is a specially modified version of the part of his new and modern subject “Geo-Finance and International Institutions” provided only at Vilnius University. This lecture will explain various PPP types, forms, models and focus on core risk management aspects of PPPs (PFI/B2G). It will be transferring the knowledge and “know how” from practical track-record gained in financial sector and international business environment (since Mr. Valys has been working directly with overall institutional investors and PPPs for more than 10 years in USA, EU, CIS and other regions) to the students who will be able to enrich their skills and understanding of business development, future public financing and investment opportunities.

Turning Innovation into Business

8th October, 2015

GuybauwenSpeaker: Prof. Dr. Guy Bauwen, Director of the Research Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at the Rotterdam University of Applied Science

Dr. Guy Bauwen is Director and Professor Entrepreneurship at the Knowledge Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. Concurrently, he is Professor of Marketing at the Flanders Business School, Antwerp, Belgium; Visiting Professor at the Institute for Sales and Account Management at the Erasmus University in the Netherlands and Visiting Professor of Marketing at the Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK. He is Managing Director of consulting and coaching company. Guy gained global leadership experience and expertise with Alcatel and General Electric (GE). He was Foreign Trade advisor to the Belgian Government. He is on the management board of the Rotterdam Valorisation Program. He is a results-driven leader, consultant, coach and change agent with extensive experience of driving profitable growth. He is highly skilled at bringing a realistic perspective to complex business challenges and to identify game-changing solutions. Dr. Bauwen gives speeches and seminars across the globe in Dutch, English and French.

Introduction to the lecture: Guy will introduce his new book “Growth through Innovation”. This book illustrates how you can do it differently by leveraging distinctive capabilities and by using the innovative lead compass. You will discover how to successfully reach your destination and influence your destiny. The author aspires to fill a critical gap in the existing literature by providing clear insights, simple diagnostic tools and techniques, unique strategies and practical steps.