Grand Opening 2021

To get an idea of the Grand Opening of 2022, please take a look at the Grand Opening of 2021!

For the Grand opening of the Econometric Career Days 2021, we are proud to announce a line-up of three exceptional individuals, all with distinguished careers and backgrounds that are intriguing.  We are excited to welcome Jeroen van der Veer (ex-CEO Royal Dutch Shell), Peer Swinkels (CEO Swinkels Family Brewers), and Ference Lamp (Managing Director Bank of America Merrill Lynch) as key-note speakers.

They will share their professional experiences, memorable moments in their career, and the importance of Econometrics and Data Science in their organisations. After their individual presentations, there will be panel discussions during which you have the opportunity to ask questions and hear the opinions of all the speakers. All remaining questions can be asked during the Q&A at the end. Finally, multiple companies will be present to give a short pitch on the possibilities for econometricians at their firm.

The Grand Opening will conclude with a drink at Erasmus Paviljoen, open to all attendees. Here, you will also have the chance to ask all questions you may have to the present companies and talk to their employees.

The Grand Opening will be in English and is open to all students and employees of the Erasmus University.


Jeroen van der Veer

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. He is Vice- Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Equinor ASA (Norway).

Jeroen was Non-executive Director of Royal Dutch Shell 2009-2013. Previously, he was CEO of Shell since 2004. Before that he was President of Royal Dutch Petroleum Company since 2000, having been a
Managing Director since 1997. As CEO, Jeroen led Shell through major change.

He was Vice-Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Unilever from 2002 to 2011. He was on the
Supervisory Boards of ING from 2009 and Chairman from 2011-2018 and of Royal Phillips from 2009 and Chairman from 2011-2021 and Chairman of the Supervisory Council of Technical University of Delft from 2013-2021. In October 2012 he became Chairman of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative. Jeroen
is a Honorary Citizen of Singapore. Jeroen also has various roles in several foundations and charities.

Peer Swinkels

Peer Swinkels is Chief Executive Officer of Royal Swinkels Family Brewers. In this role he is responsible for three operating companies active in the beer, soft-drinks, malt and malt extract business with distribution in 150 countries: Holland Malt (B2B), Swinkels Family Brewers N.V. (B2C), and Habesha Breweries (B2C).

In 2000, he completed his studies in Econometrics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. During his study he was actively engaged at the university as member of the faculty council of the Erasmus School of Economics. Next to that he worked as student recruiter for KPMG Ebbinge and as a research analyst at the Erasmus Food Management Institute, among others. From 1999 to 2003, he kicked off his career at Unilever, where he worked in several marketing and sales positions. Peer is part of the 7th generation of the Swinkels family. In 2003 he started at Swinkels Family Brewers ( formerly known as  Bavaria) as director of Marketing and Product development, joining the Executive Board a year later. 

In 2019 Peer was appointed as CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Royal Swinkels Family Brewers. His personal ambition as a CEO is to hand over a healthy and fully circular business to the next generation. In addition, Peer is Supervisory Board Member of Bolsius Group and Advisory Board Member of ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Ference Lamp

Ference Lamp is Managing Director and currently EU Head of Corporate & Investment Banking at Bank of America (Europe) and Head of Benelux Corporate & Investment Banking. In addition, Ference is the Country Executive for the Benelux Region. He is currently based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ference joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in September

Ference joined from SNS REAAL, where he was Chief Financial & Risk Officer and member of
the Management Board for 4 years. Prior to this, Ference was Managing Director at Lehman Brothers for 8 years, in London and the Netherlands, focusing on European FIG and Benelux clients. Between 1996 and 2000, Ference worked at MeesPierson, a subsidiary of ABN AMRO, and subsequently Fortis, in M&A and ECM in Amsterdam.

Ference holds a MBA from the Erasmus University (Rotterdam School of Management) and
participated in an exchange program at Ross Business School (University of Michigan, Ann