Stefan de Groot
Hi! My name is Stefan de Groot, this year’s chairman of the Financial Study association Groningen (FSG). I’m 22 years old, and I am from a small town close to Apeldoorn, in the middle of the country. I finished my Bachelor’s in International Business, and will start with my Master's in Finance after this board year. Next to studying, I always think that gaining practical experience is essential. That’s why I chose to apply for the Controlling Tour committee last year. This is how I got to know FSG. Since I really liked the combination between formal and informal activities, I decided to apply for a board year after the committee ended! My biggest hobby is traveling to unexplored, far away countries. Due to covid it was difficult to travel to these countries, but I will definitely pick up traveling again after my board year!
As a chairman you have different tasks. It all starts with supporting and motivating my fellow board members and the active members. Next to managing the general interests of FSG, I’m responsible for the (long-term) strategy. The annual policy, made by my fellow board members and myself at the start of our board year, is part of the association’s strategy. Throughout the year I'm responsible for the general progress and implementation of the various targets set out in the policy. Moreover, in the beginning of my board year I chose to guide the FSG Investment Team (FIT), the Accountancy Day, the Investment and Accountancy Evenings, the Advisory Tour and the London Banking Tour. These committees or sub-boards have one or multiple events throughout the year.
Another important task is to maintain contact with external parties. Here you should think of the faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), other associations, and the ‘Financiële Associatie Nederland’ (FAN). The contact with the faculty is very important. As chairman of the board, I have a lot of contact with program coordinators and directors of all of FSG’s target groups. As a result, I’m up to date on everything concerning the programs, so FSG will be able to anticipate changes and adapt to new situations. There is also intensive contact with the other associations of the Faculty of Economics and Business. As a chairman, I have monthly meetings with all chairmen of the other associations (EBF, MARUG, VESTING and TeMa). These meetings are to optimize the collaboration between the associations.
The FAN is a collaboration between five financial study associations within the Netherlands: FSA, FSR, Asset | Accounting & Finance and SCOPE. Once every five weeks I have a meeting to discuss the happenings of each association, the events organized together and in general to share our knowledge. The FAN is a good way to help each other and to get to know fellow board members from similar associations. Last but not least, as chairman I’m the representative of the association. So for example, I will speak at several events.
Interested and/or do you have more questions about the position of chairman within FSG? Don’t hesitate to contact me by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at one of our events!