Business Night


On April 3, the grand opening of the EBT will take place! This “Business Night” is the modern, fresh and entertaining successor of the Asset Conference. It aims to expand students’ horizons via inspiring speeches. With prominent speakers and leaders in their field attending, the Business Night is a unique opportunity to go beyond academic knowledge and to inspire the new generation of talents.

Time table

18:30 – 19:00 Reception
19:00 – 19:20 Opening speeches & Introduction Chairman of the Day
19:20 – 20:20 1st Round of Speeches
20:20 – 20:50 Break
20:50 – 21:50 2nd Round of Speeches
21:50 – 22:15 Closing & Drinks


The theme of this year’s conference is: “Profiting Society: Leading into a Sustainable Future”. Sustainability extends to three interdependent levels: environmental, social and economic. The notion of sustainable leadership encompasses this triple bottom line concept. Sustainable leadership implies a deep understanding of our society and of its interconnected systems. Being a leader who thinks globally requires a future-oriented mindset.

Through five different thought-provoking speeches, the Business Night aims to fill the gap between theoretical learning and practice. Students should be able not only to learn from their courses but also to experiment by themselves, reflect, adjust and share. In their journey to success, young graduates can feel disoriented and overwhelmed by the complexity of the future challenges. A better understanding of the past through feedback and stories with concrete examples is the key to a successful future. By sharing positive but also arduous experiences, the speakers will help and inspire students to find their path into a sustainable tomorrow.

Become inspired, join the Business Night!


CEO Louwman (Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren) – John Heller
Appointed on January 1 of this year, John Heller is the fresh CEO of Louwman Group. Louwman is known from its beautiful architectonic dealership next to the A2 of Utrecht, where Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens and many more exclusive cars are shining. Formerly the CEO of Argenta (1.5+ mln clients), Heller is a leading expert with a captivating story.

Global Head of Sustainability ING – Léon Wijnands
Global Head of Sustainability of ING for 3 years and with more than 10 years of experience in the banking sector. ING is 5th in the 2017 list of world’s 100 most sustainable corporations. Léon Wijnands is Alumnus of Tilburg University and his current function is to facilitate financial activity and to stimulate economic development in a way that ultimately drives sustainable progress.

CEO Randstad – Jacques van den Broek
After more than 25 years working at Randstad, Jacques van Broek is now the CEO of the company with almost 30,000 employees. Randstad is one of the biggest Human Resources company, providing job opportunities worldwide, and thus facing challenges every day about sustainable future. He studied law at Tilburg University and is now a highly respected Friend of Cobbenhagen.

CFO FrieslandCampina – Hein Schumacher
Hein Schumacher is CFO of FrieslandCampina and has valuable experience in HJ Heinz where he started as a Director and eventually became Executive Vice President and Zone President. FrieslandCampina is a company with high social relevance and a company that aims to continue innovating in the dairy products.

Chief Evangelist at Tony’s Chocolonely – Ynzo van Zanten
Spreading the values and the story of Tony’s Chocolonely “all over the galaxy” is the mission of Ynzo van Zanten. He is a specialist of sustainability strategy and participated in TEDx talks about “how small things can bring big changes”. Next to a very inspiring story, Ynzo will also bring something else from Tony’s Chocolonely.

#1 Top 100 Sustainability – Maurits Groen
Maurits Groen is a leading figure of the sustainable entrepreneurship and engagement. He is the founder of severable sustainable businesses, among which Off-Grid Solutions providing the WakaWaka lamp now used by organizations as emergency lighting in crisis areas. Newspaper Trouw praised him in being the #1 of the Dutch Top 100 Sustainability.

Chairman of the Day – Nathan de Groot
Presenter, speaker and trainer, Nathan de Groot will animate the Business Night in an interactive and entertaining way. Nathan de Groot studied Cultural Studies at Tilburg University and excelled at writing poems. He is now a key contributor to De Speld.