PHD Council

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The SBE PhD council previously known as ABRI PhD Council was formed in 2010 and aims at being an accessible portal to both SBE PhD's and the School board. In doing so, we have developed four main goals through which we wish to manifest ourselves:

  • to represent the interests of SBE PhD's (in terms of Labour agreements);
  • to provide information relevant to SBE PhD's;
  • to organize educative and informative PhD-seminars;
  • and to organize social events.

In addition, the PhD Council represents SBE PhD's at the so-called 'interfaculty promovendi-overleg', where issues are discussed that matter to all VU Amsterdam PhD's.
Aside from representing SBE PhDs, the council also organizes PhD lunches, approximately 2 times a year, where we enjoy a lunch while discussing a serious topic that we have encountered or might encounter in our lives as PhDs. The council also organizes social events to connect and get to know each other. For more information, check the schedule below and the ABRI newsletter!


Council Representative

Broek, Elmira van den
Elmira van den Broek
KIN Center for Digital Innovation
I am a PhD candidate at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation at the VU University Amsterdam. I hold a 2-year Research Master degree in Business in Society at the VU University Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam, and a BSc degree in Sociology and Economics & Business Economics at Utrecht University (all cum laude). Furthermore, I am an active member of the program committee of the Research Master Business in Society, and now represent the interests of SBE PhD's in the worker's council. My current research focuses on how real-world Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications are developed and used in practice, by studying a large multinational organization and a scale-up vendor working on AI in recruitment. In my free time, I aim to broaden mine horizon by painting, reading absurdist novels, and hiking in nature.


Max, Malte

Malte Max

My name is Malte, I am a PhD candidate in the Accounting department. I worked and did my Bachelor in International Management in Germany, before I moved to Amsterdam for my Master studies. My research focuses on how taxation influences business decisions (investments, for example). I enjoy playing soccer, meet friends and find Amsterdam a great place to explore.
Mockeviciute, AkvileAkvile Mockeviciute
M&O Department
I am a PhD student at the department of Management and Organization, HRM group. My research concerns feedback at the team and organizational levels. In particular, I aim to conceptualize and develop a tool to measure organizational feedback culture: a culture, where feedback flows freely, is continuously given, sought and valued among employees. Prior to starting my PhD, I obtained a Bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Groningen and completed a Research Master in Educational Sciences at Utrecht University. Next to academia I have been involved in projects aimed at fostering inclusivity in higher education context and social innovation. Besides that, I enjoy dancing swing dances!
Oskan, SelenSelen Oskan
M&O Department
I am a PhD student at the department of Management and Organization. I focus on employee and leader behavior transformation during organizational change. Prior to academia, I had seven years of corporate experience. In the last years of my career, I worked as a Talent Management and Development Supervisor in the HRM at a private bank. Besides that I enjoy dancing, swimming, and scuba diving.
Schartman, NoudNoud Schartman
Marketing Department
My name is Noud Schartman (1995) I’m a PhD candidate at the Marketing Department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I finished my Research Master Business in Society at the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My PhD project is a collaboration between the VU and Validators, a communication and market research company in Amsterdam and the focus of the PhD is the measurement of brands and the impact of brands on consumers. In my free time, I like to play football and I enjoy spending time in Amsterdam, where I live.


ABRI PhD lunches & Dinners

The ABRI PhD Council organizes both lunches and social events where you can interact with your fellow PhD students. Due to the implications of COVID-19, we are currently thinking about how we can best make this work. We will keep you posted!

Overview 2020

20 April 2020
12:30 - 13:30
First lunch meeting
8 September 2020
16:00 – 17:00
Second online meeting: COVID-19
18 November 2020
16:30 - 17:30
Online Pub Quiz