Board of Recommendations

Drs. J.F.M.A de Beer
Managing Director
Drs. D.A. Benschop
President & Vicepresident
Royal Schiphol Group & Shell International
Dr. P.A.M. Berdowski
Royal Boskalis Westminster
D. van den Brink
Chairman Executive Board and CEO
Heineken N.V.
Drs. A.S. Castelein
Port of Rotterdam
Prof. Dr. R.J.M. Dassen RA
Executive Vice President & CFO
ASML Holding N.V.
Dr. Ir. J.L.M. Fischer
Member of the board and former CEO
Tata Steel Europe
A.M.C. Heijl
Deputy director international affairs
VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland
M.M.M. Hoedemakers
Senior Consultant
TConsult ltd.
Ir. J.J. de Jong
Philips Nederland
Mr. Drs. B.J. Koopman
H. Kreulen
Commercial Director
KLM Nederland
Prof. Rianne Letschert
Rector Magnificus
Maastricht University
Ir. J.M.W.E. van Loon
President Director
Shell Nederland B.V.
Berry. J. Marttin MBA
Member of the Managing Board
P.B. Mensing
Board Member
Lagerwey, Cavim and KSYOS, TeleMedical Centre
Drs. P. Nientker, MBA
Electude International B.V.
Drs. H.A.A. Rademaker RBA
APG Asset Management
P.J.J.M. Swinkels
Swinkels Family Brewers
Alexander Wessels

Board of Advisors

Ardy Assink
Export Sociëteit Limburg
Jasmijn Baldinger
Vice President
Gabor Fluit
De Heus
Ivo Fransen
Choose Your Shoes
Fred Janssen
Managing Director
E&M ExportManagement
Alexander Koch
Managing Director
Heineken Vietnam
Saskia de Lang
Dutch Embassy Philippines
Tjerk Opmeer
Director International Programmes
Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Joris Opstroom
Willem Overbosch
Business Development Director
SDG Align
Martin Paul
Maastricht University
Don Paulino
General Manager
Arthur Plugge
Country Manager Philippines
Air France – KLM
Kevin Punzalan
Senior Policy Officer
Dutch Embassy Philippines
Koen Sars
Tax advisor
Forward Tax Lawyers
Mitchell Smolders
Executive Director
Joris van Tienen
Managing Director
Damen Song Can Shipyards
Tam Tran Thanh
Head of Markets
Benedikt Uy
Commercial Counselor
Philippine Trade and Investment Center
Joost Vrancken Peeters
Partner Asia Practice / Chairman of the Board NVCC
Kneppelhout Korthals Advocaten
Monique Wisse
Director DOP and Board Member DCCP

Letters of Recommendation

“On behalf of the Maastricht University and with pleasure I wholeheartedly support the students who participate in Research Project Maastricht 2020-2021. The project testifies to the truly international orientation of our university, and our students. In addition, the company-specific research that the Research Project Maastricht will be conducting in Mexico is a good example of our worldwide efforts to close the gap between research and business. Both aspects fill me with great pride.”

Prof. dr. M. Paul, President, Maastricht University


“On behalf of Tata Steel in Europe, I would like to recommend the work of the students of Research Project Maastricht, who conducted research for us in India during 2018. The assignment given was to identify the stakeholders, volume potential and possible partners for our concept to develop mobile canning facilities to tackle food waste. Throughout the entire project, RPM demonstrated their ability to work in a professional way, they were attentive to the original brief, showed eagerness to deliver good results and were flexible adapting to changing circumstances. The final presentation of the results, both in writing and as a presentation to Tata Steel was above expectations. Thank you RPM for your cooperation and the hard work you have done!”
S. Vooijs, Director Operations Packaging, Tata Steel Europe


“Research Project Maastricht investigated and explored the Brazilian gymnastic equipment market in order to reveal Janssen-Fritsen’s opportunities to become the main supplier of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We were impressed by the thorough research that was conducted and the professional way the results were communicated and presented. During the whole period of research, the team proved to be well prepared and dedicated. We have used the recommendations of Research Project Maastricht in order to position ourselves on the Brazilian market and we definitely recommend services.”
Drs. J.M. Janssen, Former Chief Executive Officer, JF Group B.V.


“In 2013 an enthusiast group of RPM students conducted a study to investigate the mining market in Brazil for Boskalis International. Starting with a detailed desktop study the subject was narrowed down to ensure the in country follow up was spend prudently on high potentials. Following the study a hands on report was written producing some interesting results. Boskalis International was pleased with the professional and detailed approach of RPM2013 and would recommend others to utilise their services.”
B. Scheiberlich, Owner Dredging Work, Former Commercial Manager Earthmoving and Mining, Boskalis


“Simac Masic worked with Research Project Maastricht (RPM) in our search for a suitable agent in China. RPM executed research for Simac in Beijing and Shanghai from February until March 2019. During their research, RPM visited several pharmaceutical material manufacturers, agencies and other industry-related businesses.  The approach of RPM and their team was pleasantly professional. Communication and reporting were clear and practical. The achieved results were a better understanding of the market in China, new local contacts, valuable recommendations and a possible new agent for us. We would not have been able to achieve this, with the same effectiveness and efficiency, without the work of RPM. Based on our experience we like to recommend Research Project Maastricht to other parties.”

I. de Rooij, Managing Director, Simac Masic bv


“ANDEROL BV, a global producer and marketer of specialty lubricants for industry and food grade applications, has sponsored a team of students from Research Project Maastricht 2019 (RPM) to conduct a market study in China. China is emerging as a potential growth area for lubricants, with untapped opportunities particularly in and around Shanghai. To date, demand for synthetic lubricants has remained unappreciated in China, so there was an opportunity to better understand the procurement decisions and identify potential growth opportunities. The RPM team has shown great perseverance in arranging meetings with OEMs, even when communication was solely possible through translation apps on mobile devices. The hard work has resulted in some very useful findings, clear recommendations for future business development opportunities in the region and even appointments with decision makers which we followed up on a business trip to China. Thank you RPM for the great work and enthusiasm!”

T. Kleinschmidt, Business Director, ANDEROL BV