Desiderius de Gouw

My name is Desiderius de Gouw and I am the President of the XXIIIrd board of the Financial Study association Rotterdam. Four years ago I started studying a double bachelor Econometrics and Economics in Rotterdam. I have always liked mathematics and thought Econometrics was the most interesting field to apply this passion.

After finishing my high school I went abroad to brazil for one year to do an exchange program. When I came to Rotterdam I joined the Rotterdam Student Rugby Club and played the most exciting sport for a year. After my rugby year I chose to join the student association Laurentius, where I met some of my best friends. After three years in Rotterdam I decided to start my professional career as a part time business analyst in the solar energy industry.

Additionally, I have also been part of the Investment Week and Symposium committee and the Asset Management Tour committee. These committees gave me the experience of organising events and working in teams. However, I felt that I was ready for a next challenge and decided to do a board year during which I can apply these experiences as the leader of a team. The FSR appealed to me because of its professional character and large network in the finance world. Working in a team to organise some the most professional and prestigious events at the Erasmus University enables me to personally grow and get hands-on experience as an intermediary between students and the professional world. Especially during these turbulent times of COVID-19, the team and I have to reinvent how we can keep connecting students and companies.

My main priority this year will be the board itself. It is vital that the board functions properly and it is my job, as president, to ensure this. The most important part in this is proper communication and an open culture wherein I can get everybody on the same page. On the other hand, I advise my fellow board members on how to approach certain situations or which decisions to make. This allows me to be involved with many of our events, learning from difficult choices and situations. Besides the board I am responsible for the long-term strategy of the FSR and exploration of new opportunities. Furthermore, as president I am offered the opportunity to represent the FSR on many different occasions, both in- and outside the university. It is a challenging opportunity to be responsible for the largest independent study association of the Erasmus University, with around 3000 members and an extensive professional network.

If you have any further questions about a board year or the FSR in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me or drop by our office at H16-25.

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Desiderius de Gouw,
President | FSR Board 2020/2021
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Desiderius de Gouw