Daan Giesen

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Senior Business Developer Bol.com

Daan is an ambitious and entrepreneurial person, seeking constantly for new opportunities. Already during his studies, he was fascinated by technology and innovation, trying to get the business part of it right. Therefore, he executed projects on e-commerce in the US in 2005 and did a research on new product development in 2007 in Portugal. Starting his career in consulting, he has been able to work with and within different organizations and to perform several roles during organizational transformations in innovative, international as well as start-up environments. Since most consulting projects where quite short and mostly focused on the beginning of a change, Daan decided to switch to the ‘normal’ business, where he could focus on putting his learnings into action. At the moment, Daan primarily works on new business development at bol.com. As well as in respect of his own believe; his shoe brand Dieci-D. The lessons he learned during studies, but also the practical experience at the beginning of his career can be of major value to this Advisory Board. His ambition is to make sure that practical examples or projects will be increasingly shared throughout the (I)BA program.

Gilles Meijer

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Co-founder, Golden Egg Check

Gilles is a former BA-student, and is now co-founder of Golden Egg Check B.V. This spin-off from the university is developing and marketing software to build, assess and share innovative business ideas. The Golden Egg Check is based on real-life investor's criteria. His company collaborates with NIKOS in different parts of the curriculum, is working closely with other spin-offs in the region, and Gilles was president of the supervisory board of the Student Union (Twente). He hopes to bring new ideas to the table and have an added value to the program by participating in the Advisory Board.

Rene Seeder

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SeederDeBoer

After being active for twenty years in big consultancy organizations Rene Seeder decided to rethink his career. This experience eventually led to the creation of SeederDeBoer. He now has the chance to focus on interesting issues as for example; process architecture, technology implementations and complex reorganizations. He is attracted by substantively complex problems with many stakeholders and major differences of interests. As a consultant and director he build up years of experience on management level. It gives Rene great satisfaction to help people and organizations to bring things to a higher level. He hopes to also achieve this by participating in the Advisory Board of the (I)BA program.

Robert Flipsen 

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Manager CTS Automotive
Tata Steel Nederland Tubes B.V.

Robert Flipsen graduated in 1988 from the TU Delft in Applied Physics. He went to work for Hoogovens IJmuiden in the R&D department first, and later as Customer Technical Support Engineer. In 1996 he switched to Hoogovens Tubes, Arnhem. He worked there as a Manager Quality, Product & Process Development, and later as Manager Business Development for Corus Tubes, Arnhem. Currently he works as Manager Business Development and Customer Technical Support for Tata Steel Tubes. Robert is born in 1961, married and has three children. He would like to improve the connection between program and practice by participating in the Advisory Board, because the reality of firms is very different from the priorities of universities.

David Molenaar

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HR Manager Plukon Food Group

David Molenaar, 30 years old, has studied Applied Psychology (MSc) and Business Administration (MSc) at the University of Twente. From 2011, he worked as HR Manager at Benchmark Electronics in Almelo. Currently, he works as International HR Manager at Plukon Food Group. Plukon is a leading player in the European poultry meat market, with 13 location in Holland, Belgium and Germany and a total workforce of close to 4.100 employees. As a Twente student, David always valued the practical connection with the companies. He believes we can strengthen this connection even more, and the Advisory Board can be a great catalyst for this. He also believes that a combined effort from companies in practice will help to bring theory and practice much closer together.

Jenny Wassenaar

Marketing Director Europe, Avery Dennison

Jenny Wassenaar, is a mother of 3 kids and the marketing director for one of Avery Dennison's business units in Europe. Avery Dennison is a label manufacturer with a worldwide footprint and a turnover of more than 6 bill USD. They operate in more than 60 countries and have a workforce of about 24000 people. In 2006 Jenny graduated from the University of Twente and kept in contact with her professors and some of her fellow students throughout the years. This is what makes the University of Twente special in her opinion. The technology with a human touch in the classes formed Jenny as an entrepreneurial manager with many strong connections. In this newly formed Advisory Board she would like to share her experiences and what she perceived where the supporting skills, that she learned at the university for her career. At the same time she looks forward to meet the next generation managers and stay close to the technologies that our University brings to the market.