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Opening Academic Year 2023-2024

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Dear colleagues,

We warmly invite you to celebrate the Opening of the new Academic Year FEB on Thursday, September 7th, 2023 from 15:00-16:00, in Kapteynborg room 15. Staff, students, alumni, and our relations are all invited and very welcome to join us.

This year’s theme is ‘Towards sustainable business’. We welcome speakers to address this highly relevant and timely topic: Hans Honig (CEO Deloitte), Sandra Phlippen (ABN AMRO & FEB) and Nancy Kamp-Roelands (FEB). We will also present the Freshmen of the Year awards to FEB’s best students and raise a glass to the new academic year! The opening will be chaired by Olof Bik (FEB).

The Opening will be followed by drinks, snacks and live music. You don’t have to register for this event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Wilma Mellens, organiser of the Opening Academic Year FEB.

We hope to see you on September 7th!

Professor Peter Verhoef

On behalf of the Faculty Board,

Professor Peter Verhoef
Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business

Koen Oude Avenhuis

On behalf of the EBF Board,

Niek Schulte
Chairman of the EBF 2023-2024

Programme Thursday 7 September 2023, Kapteynborg, 5419.0015

Welcome with coffee and tea


Opening by Chair prof. Olof Bik.

Speech by FEB dean prof. Peter Verhoef and EBF chairman Niek Schulte


Handing out the Freshmen of the Year awards by prof. Manda Broekhuis


Introduction theme by prof. Olof Bik

Speech by keynote speaker Hans Honig

Discussion by prof. Sandra Phlippen and prof. Nancy Kamp-Roelands

Q&A from the audience


Drinks, snacks and live music, Duisenberg building, Plaza

Towards sustainable business

As one of FEB’s strategic themes (“Future Prosperity and Sustainability”), moving towards sustainable business is about more than societal challenges such as climate change and inequality and social exclusion that relate directly to economic and business decision-making and activities. To assure sustainable business in general, it is crucial to shape the business and economic landscape for organisations and people to realise their full potential on the one hand, while on the other safeguarding healthy and prosperous businesses, economies, and societies in the long run.

During the opening of the academic year 2023-2024 we want to shed light on how moving towards sustainable business may (need to) affect corporate and public policy making and how well-informed decision making and governance at the individual, organisational, and institutional levels contribute to supporting a prosperous society and business climate.

Chair: Olof Bik
Olof Bik

Olof Bik is professor of Audit and Assurance and (incoming) Chair of the Department of Accounting & Auditing at FEB. He takes special interest in the study of culture, leadership, and governance in the realm of organisational behavior and performance in professional services firms.

Keynote speaker: Hans Honig
Hans Honig

Hans Honig is CEO of Deloitte in The Netherlands, Chairman of the Executive Board and member of the Deloitte North South Europe Executive. Making an impact that matters has driven a lot of the choices he made in his professional life. He has always been energised by building high performance teams, developing talent and by serving clients in innovating and transforming their businesses.

Discussant: Sandra Phlippen

Sandra Phlippen

Sandra Phlippen is Chief Economist of ABN AMRO Bank and is active by writing regularly for newspapers and being a guest on Dutch and international television and radio broadcasts. She graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2008. In January 2023 she started as distinguished professor in sustainable banking at the University of Groningen.

Discussant: Nancy Kamp-Roelands
Nancy Kamp-Roelands

Nancy Kamp-Roelands is a professor non-financial information, integrated reporting and assurance. She has an accountancy background and has since 35 years been at the forefront of various developments in the field of sustainability and integrated reporting and assurance, internationally, in Europe and in the Netherlands. At the University of Groningen she is the program director of the postgraduate online course Sustainability: Management and Reporting and is involved in the postgraduate course ESG Reporting and Assurance.

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