Executive MBA: Becoming future proof in leadership

March 17, 2023 | 1 min read
Bas van Vugt TIASBas van Vugt, Executive Director at Rabo Investments, is in the home stretch of the TIAS Executive MBA (EMBA) program. I wanted to draw inspiration from the question of how to achieve success for businesses, both large and small, and how to operationalize that around major transition themes.”

Transition to Food&Agri

Prior to joining Rabo Investments Bas had been with Heineken for almost 14 years in a variety of roles, both in the Netherlands and abroad. At a certain point, he felt like contributing to the greater good and by fulfilling purpose through work. ‘’I discovered that Food & Agri is the sector where my heart lies. As I wanted to broaden my perspectives on business and deepen my knowledge of Food & Agri, I started looking for the right program.’’


‘’The TIAS Executive MBA (EMBA) in combination with the Food & Agri track at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), was the perfect match for me. “Another reason why I opted for TIAS is that, aside from the EMBA piece, it also has a strong society component. You can’t lead an organization from a purely business perspective anymore. This takes a different kind of leadership. Here, leadership is about truly understanding how business and society can reinforce each other for the greater good, and is about bringing people together to actually realize these transitions. You can only do that by finding each other, not by polarizing. That really shines through in the program.”



Read in the interview how Bas found out in the TIAS EMBA what energizes him, how his self-awareness increased and how he learned from his fellow participants.

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