Grand Opening 2020

We are proud to announce the line-up for the Grand Opening of the Econometric Career Days, consisting of three exceptional individuals, all with distinguished careers and backgrounds that are highly relevant for students in Econometrics. We are excited to welcome David Knibbe (CEO of NN Group), Jaska de Bakker (CFO of FrieslandCampina), and Michiel Muller (CEO & Founder of Picnic) as keynote speakers. 

They will share their professional experiences, memorable moments in their career, and the importance of Econometrics and Data Science in their organisations. After the individual presentations, there will be a panel discussion during which you have the opportunity to ask questions and hear the opinions of all the speakers.

The Grand Opening was hosted via a live stream. We welcomed our keynote speakers in the Education Lab on campus, where we discussed currently hot topics, such as the speaker's careers and their views on leadership, entrepreneurship, and data sciences.

Michiel Muller 

After his studies at the Erasmus University and his career at Exxon-Mobil, Michiel Muller build together with co-founder Marc Schröder and major shareholder Petroplus the unmanned petrol station Tango, which turned out to be a huge international succes. Thereafter he founded Route Mobile together with Schröder, as a competitor for de Wegenwacht.

In 2015 he launched the online grocery shop Picnic, which freely delivers all your groceries against the lowest price. Picnic is active in 130 cities and in 2018 it expanded to Germany.

He also is an angel investor and a board member for new companies. With the Erasmus Center for Entrepeneurship and the Amsterdam Centre of Entrepeneurship, he promotos entrepeneurial education in the curriculum. Among others, Michiel is commissioner of the FD media group and member of the IC of Innovation Quarter, the development company of South Holland. Moreover, he is chairman of the Erasmus Trustfonds, the endowment fund that supports the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

He wrote two business books and lives with his wife and 3 children together in Rotterdam.

David Knibbe

David Knibbe was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and chair of the Executive Board and Management Board of NN Group on 1 October 2019. David is responsible for the strategy, performance, and day-to-day operations of NN.

On 1 September 2014, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Netherlands. In this role, David was responsible for all insurance and banking business in the Netherlands and was leading the integration of Nationale-Nederlanden & Delta Lloyd and the acquisition of VIVAT Non-life.

He has experience in the financial services industry dating from 1997. David is the treasurer and member of the board of the Confederation of Dutch Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and a Member of the Board of the Johan Cruyff Foundation.

David holds a master’s degree in Monetary Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and completed a general management programme at Harvard Business School (US).

Yolanda Paulissen 

Yolanda Paulissen has been working in the financial services industry in various roles for more than 20 years. In her last role, she was a member of the Managing Board of LeasePlan Corporation N.V. Next to the regular board role, she was the Chief Strategic Finance and Investor Relations Officer, responsible for managing the funding/capital structure of the group, M&A, and Investor Relation.