Business Night (April 3)

After the great success of last year, the Business Night will take place again. This evening serves as the grand opening of the EBT and aims at broadening students’ vision by sharing inspiring stories. With prominent speakers and leaders in their area of expertise, the Business Night is a unique opportunity to go beyond academic knowledge and get inspired by diverse leaders. The event will take place in the Auditorium of Tilburg University in the evening of April 3.

People often see the fruits of success without the journey towards it. Professionals will take the stage to inspire the leaders of tomorrow with tales about their journey and their view on leadership. The Business Night gives the stage to a variety of those kind of stories and therefore the theme of this evening will be:

“Stories of Success: Listen, Learn, Lead”.

Last edition we were pleased to welcome speakers as Jacques van den Broek (CEO Randstad Groep), John Heller (CEO Louwman Group), Leon Wijnands (Global Head of Sustainability of ING) which resulted in a great success with more than 500 visitors in the Auditorium of Tilburg University. This year, we are delighted to welcome another inspiring and prestigious selection of speakers: Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Huub Vermeulen (CEO, Jack Tabbers (CEO Mars Nederland) and Tiny Sanders (former CEO Campina and PSV). The evening will be presented by the chairman of the day, Charly Luske.


18:30 – 19:00 Registration
19:00 – 19:10 Opening Speeches
19:10 – 20:30 First round of speakers
20:30 – 20:45 Discussion
20:45 – 21:05 Break
21:05 – 22:10 Second round of speakers
22:10 – 22:20 Discussion
22:20 – 22:25 Closing
22:25 – 23:00 Informal drink


Charly Luske – Chairman of the Day

After his spectaculair audition for The Voice of Holland, Charly Luske became known for his great voice. Growing up in a family full off musical talent, Charly could sing before he was able to talk. Besides, he even developed great acting skills, which he has shown in several movies and musicals. In order to broaden his vision, he became the presenter of, amongst others, Het Beste Idee van Nederland. The combination of Charly being a former Banking&Insurance student, his experience on stage and his charismatic personality makes him the perfect chairman of the day for our event. On April 3 he will host the Business Night and make the evening even more entertaining!

Jeroen Dijsselbloem – Politician and former president Eurogroup

Before building an impressive political career, Mr Dijsselbloem obtained a degree in agricultural economics at Wageningen University and a business economics research master’s degree at the University College Cork of Ireland. Mr Dijsselbloem has been a member of the PvdA since 1985. He was a member of the House of Representatives from March, 2000 to May 2002 and from November 2002 till taking up his post as minister. He was appointed Minister of Finance in the Rutte-Asscher government on November 5, 2012. In addition, he was elected for the position of Eurogroup President for the first time on January 21, 2013 and for the second term on July 13, 2015 by the euro area finance ministers. On February 11, 2013 the Board of Governors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) elected Mr Dijsselbloem as its chairman.


Jack Tabbers and Vera Ruesen – Mars

Jack Tabbers has filled in business roles at Ferrero and Pepsico, before finding his way into Mars Inc., over 10 years ago. In 2012, he was appointed the position of General Manager in the Netherlands. Apart from his general function at Mars, he is also active as member of the board for the association of bakery and confectionery (‘bakkerij en zoetwaren’), and also for the Dutch food industry federation.
Accompanying Tabbers, is Vera Ruesen. Since students are likely to connect on another level with a young professional then with a senior manager. Ruesen is an alumna of Tilburg University, who graduated for her master’s degree in 2016. During her time at the university she has contributed to the board of T.S.R. Vidar. Now, she works as a sales representative for Mars Inc

Rogier van Camp – Founder and CEO Leapp

Rogier van Camp’s passion for entrepreneurship was what induced him to start his education Small Business at the HEAO, after he finished high school in Haarlem. Besides studying, which would only take relatively little of his time, he was especially focused on finding research and projects he needed to earn his credits to be able to sell to businesses to make money. His passion for trade and entrepreneurship has remained after his study, which is why he has never done anything else. This has led to him founding Leapp.


Tiny Sanders – Former CEO Campina and PSV

After completing his studies at Tilburg University, Tiny Sanders became CFO at one of the most well-known companies in the world, Mars Nederland, within 7 years after starting out as a trainee. Tiny Sanders worked on many international projects all around the globe. He also became the chairman of PSV Eindhoven. His story about his career path as a leader within companies such as Mars Nederland, Campina and PSV Eindhoven is inspiring to us all.

TEP Talk – Josette Dijkhuizen

Where do knowledge, skills, and character stand out more than in entrepreneurship?
Josette Dijkhuizen studied Management- and Organization Studies at Tilburg University. She did PhD research on stress, happiness, and subjective success as experienced by entrepreneurs. She works as an Honorary Professor of Entrepreneurship Development at the Maastricht School of Management. Josette coaches and advises entrepreneurs and boards of companies on ‘entrepreneurship’: strengthening entrepreneurial skills and practical advice on how to make an organization more efficient and effective, and more innovative. Josette Dijkhuizen has written several books.

Josette Dijkhuizen is the second speaker in the series of TEP (Tilburg Educational Profile) talks that the Project Group for the Implementation of the Tilburg Educational Profile will be organizing in the months to come.

General information

Costs Free of charge
Dress code Business Casual
Location Tilburg University, Auditorium
Open for Dutch and International students
Selection “First come, First served”
Status Full