Meet your lecturers

The Master’s in Risk Management for Financial Institutions is a fully accredited academic programme. We pride ourselves on our outstanding lecturers, three quarters of whom are practitioners in the field of risk management and one quarter are renowned academics. This ensures the relevance and high standard of the programme, both of which are monitored by an expert advisory board.

"The lecture material is rich, varied and presented in an interesting way by great speakers. I sometimes find myself on the edge of my seat during lectures"


RMFI is divided into five semesters, each with its own theme and a coordinator to monitor the internal cohesion of course material and make sure it is up-to-date. All coordinators have a formidable track record in the academic world and in professional practice.

Programme DirectorZWFieke
Prof. dr. Fieke van der Lecq (1966) graduated in economics, and took her PhD in monetary economics, at Groningen University. She held several positions in business, civil service, and research, before returning part time to academia as professor of Pension Markets. Besides her current affiliation at the VU, Fieke holds several supervisory mandates, as well as board and advisory positions.
Programme CoordinatorRobert Dekker
Robert Dekker graduated in Business Economics from the University of Groningen, and took an executive Master’s in Risk Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Associate Director at KPMG, where he is also responsible for a Treasury Advice Practice. His previous banking positions include head of sales in Treasury and Cash Management at ING and treasurer in ABN AMRO Bank’s international network.

Semester 1 Coordinator ZW Jos Verstraelen
Jos Verstraelen graduated in Econometrics and Risk Management for Financial Institutions from the Free University in Amsterdam. After a career in IT Jos entered the financial world in 2008 as actuarial consultant. Currently, he is working as a senior staff member Financial Risk Management Non-Life (Reporting) at a.s.r., specialized in topics related to solvency capital requirements.

Semester 2 Coordinator ZW Guido de Smidt
Guido de Smidt studied Business Administration at Nyenrode Business University and Risk Management for Financial Institutions at VU Amsterdam, where he continues to carry out research into Behavioural Economics. Guido works as an Account Director at Aon Risk Solutions, Global Accounts and is responsible for major clients in the financial institutions sector. He has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Semester 3 Coordinator ZW Eric Mathijssen
Eric Mathijssen graduated in Econometrics from Tilburg University and has held various consultancy positions in strategic policy advice, investment policy, ALM and (integral) risk management for pension funds. Alongside RMFI, Eric is a client director at Cardano Risk Management and regularly gives lectures on risk management to pension funds.

Semester 4 Coordinator ZW Ronald Bosman
After graduating cum laude in Economics from the University of Amsterdam, Dr Ronald Bosman went on to conduct PhD research into experimental economy, in particular the influence of emotional factors on economic decisions. He then worked for DNB, most recently as a senior economist with the Financial Stability division, advising management on macroprudential policy and systemic risks. Since 2011 Ronald has been an independent consultant/trainer specialized in macro-financial risks.

Semester 5 Coordinator ZW Michiel Hopman
Michiel Hopman studied Econometrics at the University of Amsterdam and has held various banking management positions in Treasury, Financial Control, Product Management, Risk Management and ALM. As a consultant, Michiel worked for Deloitte Financial Risk Management for several years and joined RMFI in 2013. He has been an independent consultant in Finance and Risk Management for the banking sector since 2017.


RMFI’s advisory board monitors the programme’s overall quality by overseeing its selection procedures, organization and financial health. Its members are all working professionals with extensive practical and theoretical experience in risk management for financial institutions:

  • Harold Naus, CEO of Cardano Nederland
  • Anna Gold, Professor of Auditing at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Gertjan Thomassen, partner at KPMG
  • Pieter Emmen, Director of Finance & Risk Management, Achmea Bank
  • Gisella van Vollenhoven, Division Director of Pension Supervision, DNB
  • Steven van Rijswijk, CRO and Member of Executive Board, ING Group
  • Jos Heuvelman, Board member AFM