iEMFC March 2019 seminar | Sneak Preview

Looking ahead, the month of March is going to be important for many reasons. We kick off a seminar with a new series of courses, we welcome a fresh cohort of nine students, we invite a selected company of exciting expert speakers, and we are offering two inspiring site visits!

Kicking off

On Sunday March 17, after a scheduled round of examinations, we officially kick off the iEMFC March 2019 Seminar with a welcome session in informal setting, traditionally accompanied by drinks and “Limburgse vlaai”. This first 2019 seminar will set out to include courses in International Financial Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Corporate Finance and International Tax & Transfer Pricing.

New students bring diversity

Without giving away too much yet, we proudly present a brief overview of our new student cohort to be welcomed in March:

  • We welcome four students with roots in Morocco, Turkey, Germany and China;
  • The cohort represents a broad range of organisations, including ASML, BAM Infra, EPCOR, FrieslandCampina, KPMG, Nutricia, and Resources Global Professional;
  • The intake’s average age is 33 (which seems to have become a constant over time!);
  • Work experience reaches as high as 8 years on average;
  • With 5 out of 9 students being female we are neatly moving towards a more gender-balanced iEMFC student body (which unfortunately wasn’t the case in the early years!).

With statistics showing increased diversity, we are confident we can advance the level of our programme once more, which benefits each and everyone involved!

Old friends return as expert speakers

As usual, we cordially invite a selection of expert speakers to our seminar. The speakers will introduce their employers and share some unique career challenges and experiences on their road to success. March’s line-up of expert speakers includes:

Roger Dassen
Roger is the newly appointed CFO at ASML, former CEO at Deloitte Netherlands, and former Managing Director of the Postgraduate RA programme at Maastricht University. We happily look back at good old times and look forward to welcoming Roger again at Maastricht University soon!

Suzanne van Noppen
Suzanne is alumna of the iEMFC programme, cohort 2004. At current, she is Director Finance Business Group Ingredients at FrieslandCampina. Obviously, we are very curious about the wise lessons she will be sharing and we are really excited to have her back on campus again!

Beer & Arts combined

Our site visits in March will blend the seemingly opposing worlds of fine arts and… beer! The iEMFC students will be visiting The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), which is widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent organisation of fine art, antiques, and design. After a brief welcome, participants will be offered a presentation on site and will subsequently be able to take a good look around and enjoy the beautiful art works on display. For more information, visit

The seminar’s second site visit will bring our students to the “Brand Bierbrouwerij”; an ancient beer brewery located in Wijlre (Limburg), which was acquired by multinational Heineken in the late 80s. What will follow is an inspiring presentation, a guided tour through the brewery and of course a possibility for attendees to do some field research and taste various beers produced by Brand! For more information, visit