Alumni Corner

SBE alumnus Nils Hemmerle on his life and career nearly 15 years’ on

SBE alumnus Nils Hemmerle on his life and career nearly 15 years’ on

While still in secondary school in his native Germany, a teacher told Nils Hemmerle about an Opening Day event at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE). “I knew I wanted to study business, but lots of people at the time were looking to do so,” Nils recalls. “I wanted to do something a little different than study at a German university. I was really attracted by Maastricht being a young and dynamic environment and also the international character of the programmes.”

SBE alumna and IATA intern Caroline Larisch finds her passion in air cargo

SBE alumna and IATA intern Caroline Larisch finds her passion in air cargo

While doing her masters in Global Supply Chain Management and Change at SBE’s Venlo campus, Caroline Larisch didn’t learn much about Air Cargo, but out of curiosity for the industry, she applied for the cargo internship at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world’s airlines. IATA represents some 280 airlines or 83% of total air traffic, and supports many areas of aviation activity and helps formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. As IATA’s cargo intern, Larisch has over the last year found her passion in the aviation cargo industry.

SBE alumnus Jan Willem Kappes: From a childhood passion for planes to a career in the aviation industry

SBE alumnus Jan Willem Kappes: From a childhood passion for planes to a career in the aviation industry

From a very early age, SBE alumnus Jan Willem Kappes was interested in the aviation industry. “I think when I was a child it was more the fascination with flying and aircraft,” he says. “In the beginning, I wanted to become a pilot. But already during high school I realised that I was more intrigued and interested in the whole business side behind the curtain than actually flying.”

The 2018 UM Star Lectures: in the Sustainability 2.0 era, home is where the health and wealth is

The 2018 UM Star Lectures: in the Sustainability 2.0 era, home is where the health and wealth is

“There are some academics who take the role of preachers when it comes to sustainability, who just reiterate that we must be sustainable,” SBE professor of real estate finance Piet Eichholtz observes. “We take a more pragmatic approach and say, well, let’s see if sustainability pays, in monetary terms. Because if it does that, you don’t need to be a preacher, you don’t need to have government rules – the market will provide incentives.”