International Executive MBA in Finance & Control


The program is designed for future CFOs and business professionals who will take up a CFO position of an operating company in a multinational firm within a number of years. A typical participant is between 30 and 40 years old and has at least a bachelor’s degree (3 years of higher education, with a minimum of 180 credits), a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience and managerial experience. The program targets particularly talented professionals from different (i.e. technical, marketing, sales, supply chain, finance) backgrounds aiming for a financial management career.


• First International Executive MBA in Finance and Control, specifically dedicated to prepare future CFO’s
• Case studies from leading international companies at their premises (Shell, etc.)


The Executive MBA program in Finance & Control will help you to:

  • Develop strategic skills in the context of financial leadership
  • Facilitate the transition from information provider to strategic business partner
  • Learn new methodologies, techniques and skills in finance, strategy and leadership
  • Gain a greater understanding of current trends in strategic financial management
  • Improve negotiation, conflict management and communication skills
  • Develop and implement long-term vision and strategy frameworks
  • Assess and enhance your personal leadership style
  • Drive innovation and lead cultural change

The modules for the International Executive MBA in Finance and Control are taught by world-class professors. In addition to their academic qualifications, our professors are excellent teachers and have significant business experience in a range of organizations. They use a variety of teaching methods, including international case studies, simulations, group projects, and lectures.

The program includes case studies of leading companies. These studies involve on-site classes, presentations and case discussions with executives of these companies. For example, Shell has offered to host a full day at their Technology Lab in Amsterdam during the first module. During the morning session participants will be introduced to Shell. The regular topics on the agenda of the module will be discussed in relationship with the business segments Shell operates in. In the afternoon session specific topics regarding Shell's finance function will be discussed with a senior finance manager at Shell.

Participants Executive MBA program in Finance & Control

Class sessions are highly interactive, enabling participants to reflect on the contents, share their experiences, and find ways to apply the learning in their own context. Current themes such as data analytics, business intelligence and driving innovation are part of the well-designed program.

Academic staff at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Bert SteensBert Steens is program director of the International Executive MBA in Finance & Control and a professor in the Executive Master of Finance & Control (EMFC) program at VU Amsterdam. His educational activities and research projects relate to value management, management control, performance management & management accounting, decision support analyses and business analytics. He has worked in practice as of 1987 (IT management trainee at AkzoNobel (1987 – 1989), consultant at Ernst & Young (1989 – 1999), partner at Ernst & Young (1999 – 2001), vice president at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, partner at EY (2005 – July 2018) and partner-contractor (as of July 2018). He advises internationally operating companies on performance management and performance measurement issues, which increasingly involve business analytics. He is an econometrician (MSc Erasmus University Rotterdam, EUR), a chartered controller (‘RC’, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and a Master of Change Management (SIOO Utrecht), and he holds a PhD for his research on the influence of transfer pricing on economic value creation.

Henri DekkerHenri Dekker is Professor of Management Control at the School of Business and Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In 2003, he received his PhD for his research on the control of interfirm relationships. Henri currently has visiting positions at Copenhagen Business School and the London School of Economics, and prior to this, he was a professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is involved in teaching on management accounting and control in bachelor, master, PhD, and post-graduate / executive programs. Henri’s research is focused on the themes of governance and control of interfirm relationships, management control within organizations, compliance with complex regulations and regulatory reporting. His work has been published in a variety of accounting and management journals and has been recognized by several awards, including a Greatest Impact on Practice Award and a Notable Contribution to the Management Accounting Literature Award of the American Accounting Association. Henri currently is Associate Editor at Management Accounting Research and at the Decision Sciences Journal, and is a former Associate Editor at European Accounting Review. He currently also serves on the editorial boards of Accounting, Organizations and Society, Behavioral Research in Accounting, European Accounting Review and Journal of Management Accounting Research.