Alumni Corner

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.”

The 2018 UM Star Lectures: Rachel Pownall on appreciating art in the global economy

The 2018 UM Star Lectures: Rachel Pownall on appreciating art in the global economy

The art market, worth about $45 billion globally, is booming. Rachel Pownall, who holds the TEFAF Chair in Art Markets at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics, is investigating how shifts in the trade and global economic developments can have an impact on the value of art. Her research is the subject of her 2018 UM Star Lecture.

SBE graduates bring AI to customer service with e-bot7

SBE graduates bring AI to customer service with e-bot7

Not long ago, artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbots, computer programs that can simulate actual human conversations, were the stuff of science fiction. Today, however, companies such as Munich-based e-bot7, co-founded by SBE graduates Fabian Beringer (BSc in International Business) and Xaver Lehmann (MA in Finance) are using this technology to help customer service departments in companies to handel queries more efficiently.

‘It’s up to you': SBE graduates change the way schools talk with children about cyberbullying

‘It’s up to you': SBE graduates change the way schools talk with children about cyberbullying

Teaching children a moral code when it comes to their behaviour and treatment of others online is a challenge for teachers who don’t have experience with social media or understand young people’s usage of it, which in turn can lead to ineffective approaches to discussing the issue of cyberbullying in schools. This was the discovery of SBE graduate Joerie Nijhuis who, together with fellow SBE graduate Tom Peeters, developed the online educational programme “It’s up to you”.