Our club was founded to support the flourishing of Erasmus University and its alumni by fostering, strengthening, and maintaining reciprocal relationships. The board ensures these goals are pursued consistently and effectively. Board members meet every two months to oversee the strategy and its progress. A couple of board members partake in the daily board, which keeps an eye on strategy execution.

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If you would like to support Erasmus University and the Erasmus Alumni Club in their growth, you may be able to do so as a board member. Please communicate your interest to (Positions of board members are voluntary, and members receive no financial compensation for their work.)

Members of the Board 

Willem Jan Rote, President 

Willem Jan brings many years of international leadership experience to the Erasmus Alumni Club. After receiving his Master's diploma in Business Economics in 1988, he worked for Unilever and Pepsico. He gained experience as a leader in different aspects of business in Europe, North America, and Asia. As an entrepreneur, he oversaw companies of differing sizes, and today, he is striving to bring innovation to the market for consumer goods.

Daniël E. Sikkens, Vice President 

Several organizations place their trust in Daniël, including the Erasmus Alumni Club and foundations that preserve art and other items of historical significance. He graduated with a Master of Law in 1979 and is now a legal intermediary and owner of his consultancy practice. He has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, business transactions, career counseling, and more.

“Education is essential, [so the Erasmus Alumni Club is] for, by, and with students and alumni.” 

Laura van Luipen, Secretary 

After successfully finishing her Master's degree in Law in 1999, Laura worked for more than 20 years as a lawyer and specialized in labor law. As owner and lawyer at Van Luipen Legal, she supports clients with her engagement, her clarity, and her practical orientation. 

“To me, the Erasmus Alumni Club is a network of conviviality and caliber.”

Erik Teichert, President Young Erasmus Circle 

Erik studied Economics and Business Economics and received his Master's degree in Health Economics in 2017. He works at IG&H as a Health Manager and has occupied several board positions. Erik was a quaestor for S.S.R.-Rotterdam and the co-founder and treasurer of the ‘Rotterdam Studentenstad' foundation. Similarly, he has been the treasurer for the chess club ‘De Stormpionnen’ in Leiden since its inception in 2009.

Victor Westra, Treasurer

With an academic background in Economics and Auditing at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Victor is the Director of Audit and Assurance at Deloitte. In his role as Treasurer, Victor aims to organize the financial processes of the club so that these contribute to the growth of our alumni community.

''I am excited to be able to contribute in a way that is close to my professional competencies as a finance professional.''