ARP | Who are we? - Study Association Aureus

ARP | Who are we?



fabianFabian Jilderda – Chairman

I am an MSc business administration student with a passion for international economics and relations.I grew up on a small island called Texel. Due to the absence of a university, I had to move to the big city.After obtaining my bachelor’s degree at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences,I started working at an international investment bank. While working there,the desire to further develop myself never left and eventually led me to VU University and the Amsterdam Research Project.



tessaTessa van der Meij – Internal Affairs

I am an undergraduate Business Administration student and have been living in Amsterdam for the last couple of years. During my bachelors, I specialized in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour. After my international Erasmus Exchange period in Edinburgh, Scotland, I became even more excited about going abroad, especially in Asia. The 2017 Amsterdam Research Project is the right opportunity to get these experiences. This academic year I will also finish a Consumer Behavior related minor and I am part-time office manager at the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship.



annabelAnnabel Keulen – Controller

I am 21 years old and currently in the fourth year of my bachelor Business Administration. Last year, I studied in Barcelona for four months and decided I wanted to develop more practical skills besides my study before starting a Finance-Marketing master next year. Last year, I was part of the Marketing Team as an active member of Aureus. Being the controller of the Amsterdam Research Project I have the opportunity to develop my finance skills as well.



bartBart Hoogland – External Affairs

After completing my bachelor in Business Administration and fulfilling internships at Renault and UTZ Certified, it did not feel like I was ready for the labor market. I knew I could further develop myself at VU University by enrolling in the Master Strategy & Organization and participating in the Amsterdam Research Project. I consider this to be the perfect fit between my international ambitions and my passion for exploring new cultures. I´m looking forward to collaborating with firms that share my interest in exploring new business opportunities in Indonesia and Myanmar. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!



toniAnton Floor – Logistics & Marketing

During the last year of my undergraduate program, my international ambitions were sparked which made me move to New York for an internship. This resulted in a job where I worked throughout North and Middle America on various marketing projects. To take the next step, I realized I needed to further develop myself academically. This I aim to achieve by combining a Master of Marketing program with the challenging and exciting Amsterdam Research Project.



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celineCeline Steenhuizen

My name is Celine Steenhuizen and I am currently undergoing a Masters in Strategy & Organization program. My time, last year, as an exchange student in Shanghai has sparked my international ambitions. The experiences abroad made my decision to join the Amsterdam Research Project quite easy, since it gives me a unique opportunity to conduct research in upcoming economies and get to meet other cultures. It promises to become an exciting year, with an amazing team of 20 motivated students. I can’t wait!




ronaldRonald Gowkarran

My name is Ronald Gowkarran and I am a 22 year old Masters student in the field of Economics. My experiences during my undergraduate program in Germany and other countries I realized that international experience opens up countless opportunities. The choice to join the Amsterdam Research Project was easily made. I believe this year will teach me the ins and outs of consultancy in an exciting way, preparing me for the start of a promising career.




wouterWouter Slotemaker

I am in the final stage of my bachelor International Business Administration with a specialization in marketing & communication. I started focusing on this area of expertise during my exchange at Singapore Management University and have since taken many courses on topics such as (online) advertising, influence & persuasion.

Next to my studies, I have also been an active member at faculty association Aureus for several years now, during which I chaired numerous committees. Now Aureus has offered me the chance to further fulfill my ever-present international aspirations with the Amsterdam Research Project. I am very excited to return to South-East Asia and expand my knowledge of the region from a business perspective!



lieke-1Lieke Timmermans

After completing my bachelor in International Business Administration, I had the ambition to further develop my academic skills by following the master Strategy & Organization. Next to developing my academic skills I wanted to put this obtained knowledge to work and further develop my practical skills, which is the reason why I applied for the Amsterdam Research Project. I am looking forward to seeking business opportunities in the emerging economies Indonesia & Myanmar. My goal is to deliver high-quality consultancy reports that will support companies with doing business there.




larsLars van Beek

I am Lars van Beek, 22 years old and born and raised in Hoevelaken. At the moment I am enrolled in the Master program Business Administration with the specialization Strategy and organization. In June 2015 I obtained my bachelor of Business Administration at the HU University of applied sciences in Amersfoort. Regarding the Amsterdam Research project I am not only aiming to enhance my research skills and the great addition to my CV. I also want to develop my personal skills and get the experience to do conduct research abroad.




pjotrPjotr Vriend

My name is Pjotr Vriend. Currently I am in the final stage of the bachelor in Business Administration program, for which I need to finish one more course. This gives me the opportunity to pick up additional activities, such as a course in programming, obtaining the GMAT and, of course, partaking in the Amsterdam Research Project. In the project I can use and extend the knowledge and experience I have obtained during my undergraduate program. I am aiming to extend my experience in consultancy and market research in the upcoming year.




maxMax de Raaff


My name is Max and I am a student Entrepreneurship at VU University and UvA (joint degree). My ambition is to work for an exciting consultancy firm, where I can put to work my positively critical attitude and good work ethics. The Amsterdam Research Project offers me the perfect setting to obtain the knowledge and experience I need to reach my goals. The upcoming year will not be easy, but will be more than worth the effort. The ability to work in a close group of like-spirited student is priceless. The consultancy experience this project in Myanmar and Indonesia will give me is going to be valuable for the rest of my life.




annemarieAnnemarie van Groen

I am Annemarie and I am a fourth year BSc Economic and Business Economic student with a dedicated focus in Marketing. Currently I am involved in the Amsterdam Research Project, which offers me a great opportunity to further develop my professional skills. Within the project we need to build a team of 20 ambitious students in an international environment, which can be challenging but brings a lot of fun as well. Next year I will start with my Masters in Marketing and look forward to leverage from this experience.




mariekeMarieke Klaassens

Because of my interest in both the Asian culture and conducting business research in foreign markets, I feel excited to combine my Masters in Transport and Supply Chain Management with the Amsterdam Research Project. I am aiming to develop my academic knowledge as well as practical skills. My interests in international business developed during my Bachelor studies, when I worked in the dynamic environment of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. What I enjoyed most in my work at the airport was to be in touch with people from all over the world, and the challenge to anticipate on their way of doing business. Therefore, I am grateful for this opportunity to work abroad and learn more about the Indonesian and Burmese culture and ways of doing business.



thomasThomas Vromen

My name is Thomas Vromen. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters degree in Strategy & Organisations. I have a keen interest in International business which makes for a perfect match in de Amsterdam Research Project. I love to develop business abroad, meet new cultures and have gained extensive international experience by being abroad for an extended period of time.





floris-leijFloris Leijten

Currently, I am an undergraduate student in Econometrics at VU University with a keen interest in the integration of earth sciences and economics. I already obtained a bachelor honours degree in Earth Sciences & Economics at VU University, while I spent half a year of my studies in Canada as an exchange student. Climate change, water management, deforestation and droughts will become some of the key issues to cope with in the next decennia, and dealing with these problems requires a fundamental understanding of both earth sciences and economics. The Amsterdam Research Product is a challenging and interesting way to conduct research on some of these issues and think creatively about the opportunities and threats of sustainable development in emerging markets.



eliseElise van Bergenhenegouwen

I grew up in Utrecht and moved to Amsterdam to obtain my bachelor’s degree at the Amsterdam university of applied sciences. Because of my interest for the entrepreneurial way of thinking, I started working for several start-ups. While working, i kept feeling the urge to develop myself academically, but I also wanted to apply my obtained knowledge in practice. By combining the Amsterdam Research Project with the MSc program of Entrepreneurship, I feel like I have found the perfect match of theory and practice. I am very excited to have the opportunity to join the Amsterdam Research Project of this year, and experience the whole process of acquisition, research, and consultancy.




floris-langFloris Langendam

My name is Floris, I am 25 years old, and currently enrolled in the Masters program Business Administration focussing on Strategy & Organization at the VU University in Amsterdam. Before graduate school, I did a 4-year bachelor course in Commercial Economics. During that program, I became (and still are) very enthusiastic about businesses that operate abroad. I have lived in Sydney,  Australia for 7 months, in 2012, as part of an internship, where I worked for a leading company in the global superyacht industry.

The reason I applied for the Amsterdam Research Project is to enhance my skills in consultancy and international market research. What’s so great about this project, is that we get in contact with actual businesses, and do real research in a foreign country.




madeleineMadeleine de Jong

After I decided to add another year to complete my bachelor’s degree, I went looking for a new challenge for the upcoming year. And during my past exchange semester in Barcelona, I realized that I was looking for another international experience. The Amsterdam Research Project offers the exciting opportunity to combine this with developing myself more in the field of research and consultancy. And that is what makes me most enthusiastic about this project!