EFR Inspiration Days

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The EFR Inspiration Days is one of the most prestigious events organized by students in Europe. We aspire to be the most innovative, society-aligned event that interactively connects and inspires students from all faculties. To meet our goal, we host an interactive congress with varying workshops and discussions relating to the theme of this year; Dare to decide! This theme is supported by three pillars: courage, focus and evolve.

With courage, focus and evolve we believe that you can achieve the best decisions in your everyday life. The goal is to show you the insights of a dynamic world from different perspectives. We plan to do this by hosting speakers from different (professional) backgrounds, who each walked down their path to success.

On April 5th 2023 you can question and discuss your ambitions and goals with people who left a mark on the world. It will be a day filled with captivating stories and inspiring discussions where you can contribute to. Whether you are in your first, second, third year or masters, it is never too early nor too late to get inspired.

This event is the successor of the well-known EFR World of Business congress.

For any questions please contact us: info@efr-inspirationdays.nl 

  • Lunch round table

  • Opening session

  • Workshops

  • Playground

  • Closing session

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  • Opening/Closing

    The opening session of the EFR Inspiration Days is the plenary opening of the event. During the opening session, the opening speaker will give a speech related to the theme; Dare to Decide. The closing session will consist of a keynote speech which will be followed by a panel discussion. The debate will be led by host and will focus on various currently relevant topics.
  • Lunch Round Table

    The Lunch Round Table is the direct successor of the Conference Platform of the EFR Business Week. The lunch will consist of 20 prominent speakers including CEOs and founders of various companies. They will discuss topics related to the theme of the EFR Inspiration Days with 60 highly motivated students. This way the students can learn from the insights of the speakers, but also challenge them and present their own views on the topics.
  • Workshops

    During the workshop sessions, students will be divided over three different rooms. In every room, one of the pillars of the main theme will be discussed. During the workshop, you will get a chance to learn about a topic from an expert in an interactive way. Each group will consist of 100 students.
  • Playground

    The playground is all about socializing and discovering the innovations of the future. At the playground, several innovative and creative companies and initiatives will showcase themselves or their product. This is also the chance to socialise with other students and alumni.

Last year's speakers

  • Frank van Sprang

    Frank van Sprang is Inspector-General of the Military Forces.
    Frank van Sprang started his military career at the Royal Netherlands Naval College in 1982. Outside operational postings, Van Sprang has worked as a lecturer in amphibious operations at the Royal Netherlands Naval College. In 2007, he assumed command of the First Marine Battalion. In 2009, he was first appointed Head of Management Control and later Head of the Integration Division at Navy Command. From May 2014 until March 2016 Brigadier General Van Sprang worked as Deputy Director of Operational Readiness.
  • Sigrid Kaag

    Sigrid Kaag is the Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance.
    After years of negotiating in war zones as a top diplomat, Sirgid Kaag became Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in 2017. Afterwards, she also became Minister of Foreign Affairs. Right now, she is the Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance.
  • Sylvia van Es

    Sylvia van Es is the President of Philips Netherlands.
    Sylvia van Es is the President of Philips Netherlands. She represents Philips in the Netherlands on a national, regional and local level, with governments, employers’ organizations and in various partnerships. During her career at Philips, Sylvia has gained extensive leadership experience in various roles. She has a broad knowledge of Philips activities worldwide. From her role as Chief Privacy Officer, she has gained experience on important subjects, such as digitalising, cybersecurity and data.
  • Hans Honig

    Hans Honig is the CEO of Deloitte Netherlands.
    Before becoming CEO, Hans Honig has had many leadership roles in Deloitte. As CEO of Deloitte, he has the unique opportunity to increase Deloittes impact on their clients, their people and society at large.
  • Dick Swaab

    Dick Swaab, MD, PhD, works at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam.
    Dick Swaab was Director of the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research from 1978 to 2005. Since 1979 he has been a professor of Neurobiology at the Medical Faculty, University of Amsterdam. He has published over 650 papers in SCI journals, authored more than 200 chapters in books, and edited more than 120 books. Swaab published for the general public the Dutch bestseller ‘We are our Brains’, that sold more than 450.000 copies in the Netherlands and is translated in 18 languages.
  • Tom Oosterdijk

    Tom Oosterdijk is a triathlete and was a finalist in ‘Kamp van Koningsbrugge’.
    From weighing over 90 kilos, with no experience in sports to a professional long distance triathlete. That’s the transition he made in 3 years. Tom chose the uncertain life of an athlete, instead of the certain one of an International Tax Lawyer. His story is about finding your passion and have the courage to follow your own journey, instead of ‘the road’ people expect you to take.
  • Rogier van Duyn

    Rogier van Duyn is the Founder and CEO of Rocycle.
    Inspired by the Japanese concept Ikigai, ‘the reason of being, Rogier van Duyn began a sportive world trip that brought him to the start of an extreme triathlon in Norway. There, he found his Ikigai: making as many people as possible fit and happy. In 2016, he successfully founded the company Rocycle.
  • Akkie Lansberg

    Akkie Lansberg is the Chief Executive Healthcare ASR Nederland.
    Before working for a.s.r., Akkie Lansberg worked for Holland Financial Centre. She joined a.s.r. in 2014 and after running the IPO project in 2016, she became chairman of the board of a.s.r. Health Insurance N.V.
  • Maurits Roose

    Maurits Roose is the Founder and Managing Partner of Royalis Investments.
    After his study, Maurits Roose founded Navigators LEF in 2008, a non profit organization for leadership development. In 2018 he founded Royalis Investments, together with Bart Kuijpers. This is an investment company that focuses on the long term value creation for scale ups with international ambitions.
  • Hendrikje Crebolder

    Hendrikje Crebolder is the Director of Development and Media at the Rijksmuseum.
    Hendrikje Crebolder joined the Rijksmuseum team of Directors in 2017. As director of Development & Media she is responsible for fundraising, stakeholder management, communication, marketing and publications. Hendrikje Crebolder joined the Rijksmuseum in 2006 as a lawyer and business developer. In 2009 she set up the Development department. Hendrikje Crebolder was named 'Sponsor Personality of the Year' in 2013. She is chair of the MuseumPlusBus Foundation and the Leiden Student Life Archive Foundation, member of the Supervisory Board of Manifesta, board member of the Leiden University Fund, member of the Advisory Board of the Evening of Science & Society Foundation and member of the Advisory Board for the Foundation the National Think Tank. Photographer:
  • Walter Morriën

    Walter Morriën is the Founding Director of De Koffiejongens.
    After his study, Walter Morriën started as a trainee at ING and then worked at Ziggo for a few years. Together with his old roommate, he founded De Koffiejongens. He has now been an entrepreneur for five years.
  • Ester van Dusseldorp

    Ester van Dusseldorp is the Country Manager Benelux & Beyond at Tony's Chocolonely.
    Ester van Dusseldorp started her career at Heineken and Vrumona, working in several marketing and sales roles and in marketing at Douwe Egberts. She started her own company Bright Executive Search and then made a step back into the business to Tony’s Chocolonely, making social impact and building the team and business in the Netherlands.
  • Corinne Vigreux

    Corinne Vigreux is the Senior Vice President Marketing at TomTom.
    Corinne Vigreux is one of the founders of TomTom, the inventor of the Personal Navigation Device. She has held various marketing and commercial roles and remains active today as CMO. Through her philanthropic foundation, she founded CODAM, a non-profit coding school with a world-class curriculum. Corinne was also voted as one of the top 50 most inspirational women in European tech.
  • Michael Musandu

    Michael Musandu is the Founder and CEO of Lalaland.
    Michael Musandu is a technologist with a focus on machine learning. He went about finding a way to create the world he rarely saw - one which reflected himself. The result is Lalaland, a company which generates hyper-personalized ethnically and body-size inclusive models.
  • Bert van Son

    Bert van Son is the Founder and CEO of MUD Jeans International BV.
    Bert van Son is founder and CEO of MUD Jeans, a fast growing sustainable jeans company from the Netherlands. The company allows customers to shop guilt free and do good for the environment, while looking fashionable and modern. Bert van Son knows about the challenges in today’s (fast) fashion industry and how he and his team try to implement the circle economy in the fashion industry.
  • Kayvan Kian

    Kayvan Kian is Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company.
    Kayvan Kian is an entrepreneur, teacher, and senior advisor to McKinsey & Company. He is the founder of the Young Leaders Forum, has written two bestselling books, and has given guest lectures. Ever since childhood, he has been interested in understanding how some people are able to thrive through challenging times in life, and he hopes that by sharing these hard-fought lessons with each other, we can make this world a better place.
  • Konstantinos Kouzelis

    Konstantinos Kouzelis is the Founder and CEO of Greencast.
    Konstantinos Kouzelis is the Founder and CEO of Greencast. He grew up in The Hague, studied at the TU Delft and did internships in an early-stage startup, in shipping and in finance. As you see, he never had a clear path set out for himself. The only thing he knew is that he would not settle for something he didn’t really believe in and that he would jump on an opportunity as soon as he saw one. This happened last summer, on the verge of choosing a safe path - Greencast was founded and here we are!
  • Wouter van den Brink

    Wouter van den Brink is the Co-founder and CEO of YourDesq.
    Wouter van den Brink is the Co-founder and CEO of YourDesq. He is the founding partner of KnappeKoppen Delft & Rotterdam and switched studies to Technische Bedrijfskunde at the Hogeschool Rotterdam. He did an internship at Philips in Amsterdam and graduation intern at Velory, a tech startup in Stockholm, followed by freelance consultant process optimization at Velory. Analyst at Accenture Technology in January 2021, resigned at Accenture in September. He co-founded YourDesq in November 2021 and founded HUDDA in January 2022.
  • Yvonne Bakkum

    Yvonne Bakkum is the Managing Director at FMO Investment Management.
    Yvonne Bakkum is founding MD of FMO Investment Management BV, a subsidiary of Dutch development bank FMO. FMO’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs to build a better world. Following 10 years at ABN AMRO, Yvonne joined FMO in 2001 and held various positions including Director Private Equity and Manager Business Development. Yvonne is in this year’s top 50 ‘Women in Sustainable Finance’. She has several supervisory and advisory positions and is a frequently asked speaker.
  • Joost Pompe

    Joost Pompe is the Founder and Director of Figo Mobility.
    Born and raised with a “golden spoon”, since his entrepreneurial parents ran a jewelry shop. As with every family business Joost Pompe was part of the business, cleaning silverware, bringing coffee to customers and entertaining the visiting kids together with his older brother. Working for yourself was second nature, so he ran a small car cleaning business. He loved it. Then he moved to Rotterdam and London for his studies which gave him the skills to find a great team, learned how to pitch, and developed a strong financial basis. Now he runs Figo Mobility with his team.
  • Marsha Goei

    Marsha Goei is the co-founder and Head of Product of Breeze.
    While studying Strategic Product Design at TU Delft, Marsha always thought she would end up working at a design studio. This took a turn when she joined a group of friends who wanted to try to startup a company. This idea kept on growing and eventually turned into Breeze, an online dating app that stimulates offline dates. Together they quit their studies and went all-in on Breeze, a decision they never regretted.
  • Philomijn van Logten

    Philomijn van Logten is a public prosecutor and team leader of the Personal Approach team, Investigations Department, Public Prosecutors Office Amsterdam.
    Born on August 3, 1967 in De Bilt. Part of primary school in Raleigh, North-Carolina, USA. High school Atheneum A in Amersfoort, studied Dutch Law in Utrecht and also followed a year of Business Administration in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Internships at Shell Gabon (Africa), Shell Legal Affairs in The Hague and law firm CMS Derks Star Busmann. After her studies, training to become a judicial officer (judge and public prosecutor), public prosecutor and team leader in Utrecht, Curaçao, Arnhem and Amsterdam respectively.
  • Carol Velthuis

    Carol Velthuis is the Managing Director in the Financial Services practice at Accenture.
    Carol Velthuis is a seasoned strategy consultant, enjoying to help clients thrive in today’s challenging world. Following 5 years Unilever and 5 years at Arthur D. Little, Carol co-founded Quintel Strategy Consulting which she helped to grow to a 40 fte before joining forces with Kearney in Amsterdam in 2010. In 2019 she left Kearney to join Accenture’s Strategy Practice. She wrote a Business Book, Surfing the Long Summer, on the secret of lasting success.
  • Gijs van Lookeren Campagne

    Gijs van Lookeren Campagne is the director of Ease2pay N.V.
    After graduating from the VWO in Zwolle, he started studying Economics at EUR in 1986. After almost 6 years with a lot of fun and activities, e.g. the EFR study trip to Hungary, van Lookeren Campagne started in 1992 at Arthur Andersen as an assistant accountant. Together with his ‘jaarclub genoot’ Jan Borghuis he started the carsharing company Greenwheels in 1995. After the sale of Greenwheels in 2015, Jan and van Lookeren Campagne started again with white pieces of paper. This resulted in a reverse listing on Euronext of Ease2pay in 2017. Ease2pay will be the leading mobile platform to book, park, charge and pay transport services like charging, parking, fueling up.
  • Ron Droste

    Ron Droste is the founder of Droste Advies BV.
    After graduating in Business Adminstration at the University of Groningen, he continued his career at Rabobank, started as Director Private Banking at Rabobank The Hague, later he was promoted to Director Corporate banking and in 2009 CEO of Rabobank The Hague. In 2014 he moved to Rabobank Head Office as SEVP Retail and Private Banking. After 4 years he left Rabobank and started his own company Droste Advies. His first job was as CEO at Credit Agricole Consumer Finance NL. Next to this he is M & A advisor, Executive coach and Interim manager. Throughout his career he learnt that he is at his best in large transformations, which require bold decisions.

EFR wall of fame

EFR strives to inspire students. We do this by inviting all sorts of speakers to our events, ranging from worldwide political leaders to captains of industries. These people have been invited to events like the World of Business congres and EFR/EenVandaag election debate, see here our wall of fame.

  • Jeroen Dijsselbloem

    Jeroen Dijsselbloem is a Dutch politician and economist. Former Minister of Finance and President of the Eurogroup.
    He is a member of the Labour Party (PvdA), he has also been Chairman of the supervisory board of Wageningen University since 1 April 2019.
  • Pim Fortuyn

    Pim Fortuyn was a Dutch politician, academic, author and businessman who formed his own party: the Pim Fortuyn List.
    Fortuyn prompted controversy in the Netherlands with his views on multiculturalism, immigration and Islam in the Netherlands. He called Islam "a backward culture", and was quoted as saying that if it were legally possible, he would close the borders for Muslim immigrants.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev

    Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is the former President of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
    He is a Russian and formerly Soviet politician. Mikhail was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union and the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Ideologically, he initially adhered to Marxism-Leninism although by the early 1990s had moved toward social democracy.
  • Ban Ki-moon

    Ban Ki-moon is a South-Korean diplomat and politician. Former Secretary-General of the United Nations.
    He is a South Korean politician and diplomat who served as the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016. Before becoming Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. He entered diplomatic service the year he graduated from university, accepting his first post in New Delhi, India.
  • Neelie Kroes

    Neelie Kroes is a former Dutch politician and European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda.
    Neelie Kroes is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and businesswoman In 2007 Neelie Kroes became 59th on the Forbes-lijst The 100 Most Powerful Women, one year later she became 47th.
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