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An open-minded journey to the heart of risk management

Risk Management for Financial Institutions

The degree programme consists of six modules and a portfolio of papers.

Key aspects of this part-time Master in Risk Management for Financial Institutions

  • Blend qualitative behavioural ingredients with quantitative risk management techniques
  • Interact in high-quality science and practice, bringing together university, industry and public organisations
  • Learn from distinguished professors and senior executive guest lecturers
  • Participate in interactive and evidence-based teaching, including “real-life” case-work and risk management games
  • Become a multi-disciplinary risk manager, the acquired knowledge leads your organisation through crises and uncertainty and prevents it from failure.

View the content of the modules below the profiles of Willem Verschoor and Robert Dekker.

Prof. dr. Willem Verschoor

Prof. dr. Willem Verschoor

Willem Verschoor is Professor of Finance and Director of the School of Business and Economics Executive Education in Finance. He is also Research Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute.

Willem has wide-ranging experience in the financial sector and the university community, as a senior executive, an advisor and as a supervisor, involving asset management firms, corporate finance advisory, investment banks, and their research units.

Previously, he was Dean at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he founded the School of Business and Economics. He has also been Professor of Finance at Erasmus University Rotterdam, at Radboud University Nijmegen, and at Maastricht University.

Willem holds a PhD in International Finance from Maastricht University. He has published over fifty articles in leading academic journals.

View the profile of Willem Verschoor
Willem Verschoor

Robert Dekker

Robert Dekker

Robert Dekker is Associate Director at KPMG Netherlands. He studied Economics at the University of Groningen and did an Associate's Degree in Risk Management at the University of Pennsylvania. 

He is also programme manager for Risk Management for Financial Institutions and Treasury Management & Corporate Finance at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

View the profile of Robert Dekker
Robert Dekker

Module

History and Development of Finance and Risk

  • Tour d’horizon financial crises
  • Anatomy of crises and contagion
  • Economic schools of thought
  • History of risk and return

Module

Risk, Exposure and Containment

  • Risk perception and attitude
  • Foundations of risk models
  • Regulation archetypes
  • Integrated risk and capital management

Module

 Behavioural Finance

  • Risk processing of the brain
  • Cognitive psychological biases
  • Financial markets anomalies
  • Behavioural risk management

Module

Culture, Ethics and group behaviour
 

  • Moral dilemmas and decision-making
  • Social psychology and groupthink
  • Fraud detection and data analysis
  • Risk governance and compliance

Module

Complexity and Networks

  • Climate, cyber, emerging and pandemic risk
  • Agent-based models
  • Network theory dynamics and innovations
  • Applications of complexity and uncertainty

Module

Going beyond models

  • Debiasing (risk) professionals
  • Organisational resilience
  • Out-of-the-box thinking and scenarios
  • Behavioural decision-making tools

Portfolio of papers

  • Two papers that represent the thesis;
  • One paper in teams, one individual;
  • Supervised by content experts;
  • Write about the core themes of the programme.

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  • The Foundation of Risk Management

    Module

    History and Development of Finance and Risk

    • Tour d’horizon financial crises
    • Anatomy of crises and contagion
    • Economic schools of thought
    • History of risk and return

    Module

    Risk, Exposure and Containment

    • Risk perception and attitude
    • Foundations of risk models
    • Regulation archetypes
    • Integrated risk and capital management
  • Behaviourism and Risk Management

    Module

     Behavioural Finance

    • Risk processing of the brain
    • Cognitive psychological biases
    • Financial markets anomalies
    • Behavioural risk management

    Module

    Culture, Ethics and group behaviour
     

    • Moral dilemmas and decision-making
    • Social psychology and groupthink
    • Fraud detection and data analysis
    • Risk governance and compliance
  • The Future of Risk Management

    Module

    Complexity and Networks

    • Climate, cyber, emerging and pandemic risk
    • Agent-based models
    • Network theory dynamics and innovations
    • Applications of complexity and uncertainty

    Module

    Going beyond models

    • Debiasing (risk) professionals
    • Organisational resilience
    • Out-of-the-box thinking and scenarios
    • Behavioural decision-making tools
  • Graduation

    Portfolio of papers

    • Two papers that represent the thesis;
    • One paper in teams, one individual;
    • Supervised by content experts;
    • Write about the core themes of the programme.

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Staff & Lecturers

  • Lecturers

  • Study coordinators

    Jos Verstraelen graduated in Econometrics and Risk Management for Financial Institutions from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. After a career in IT, Jos entered the financial world in 2008 as an actuarial consultant. Currently, he is working as a senior staff member Actuarial Reporting Non-Life at a.s.r., specializing in topics related to solvency capital requirements and recently as Product Owner Risk Engine Non-Life P&C. From April 2021 Jos will be working as Financial Model Validator at a.s.r. Group Risk Management. 

    Guido de Smidt studied Business Administration at Nyenrode Business University and Risk Management for Financial Institutions at the Vrije Universiteit 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.

    After studying mathematics at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, Koen Dessens joined NIBC as a quantitative analyst in their Financial Markets team. Before joining Deloitte as a partner he was the head of Market Risk at NN Group. He is currently leading the Financial risk department of Deloitte in the Netherlands and joined RMFI in 2020. He focuses on quantitative risk management at banking and insurance clients.

    After graduating cum laude in Economics from the University of Amsterdam, Dr Ronald Bosman went on to conduct PhD research into the 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.

    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.

  • Quality assurance

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

We would love to hear from you

For questions about how the programme is organised, please contact Michelle Habets.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
School of Business and Economics Executive Education
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1081 HV AMSTERDAM

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