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Managing Risk - and a Full Course Load

Oene de Hek, MSRM Class of 2011

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As head of risk management at the Bank of Scotland Netherlands, Executive Master of Science in Risk Management student Oene de Hek sought to build on his existing skills and experience. “I considered pursuing an executive MBA, but realized I wanted to gain more specialized expertise in my field,” he explains. His field had undergone a substantial shift since the financial crisis: “The recession really changed things. In my first years at the bank, you had to fight to get the right amount of stage time at executive meetings. Since the crisis, any question asked about strategy or initiatives is directed first to risk management. It’s a fundamental, dramatic change.”

Oene decided to enroll in the NYU Stern Master of Risk Management for Executives program. By Spring of 2010, he was juggling classes with his ongoing responsibilities as risk manager for an €8.5-billion mortgage portfolio. In October, he was assigned to a project in Tokyo for three months.

In the midst of his hectic schedule, Oene has found the program continually compelling: “The professors are worth listening to for hours and days,” he says. He has also been surprised by how much he has learned from his fellow classmates. In his four-person study group, one classmate is a New Zealander working in hospital operational risk management in Abu Dhabi; another is an Argentine evaluating investments in the developing world for the World Bank in Washington, DC; and a third is a New York energy consultant. “There is, of course, added value in the international setting and the diversity of the other students,” Oene says. “But I hadn’t expected how much it broadens your mindset to discuss cases with people who have such different experience.” Between his classmates and professors, Oene says, “at the end of a day, it is nine hours of inspiration.”

Meet Our Alumni

The Master of Science in Risk Management program at NYU Stern connects a diverse group of passionate executives from around the world. Exposure to business leaders and top faculty enable students to directly apply innovative risk management concepts to their current role. 
The profiles featured are a testament to the many transformations undergone by alumni which were made possible by this groundbreaking program.