Wim is Dean of Maastricht School of Management. He also holds the special Chair in Business and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets at the Maastricht University School of Economics and Business, in Maastricht, The Netherlands. He is furthermore a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn – Germany’s number one top economic institution, and an adjunct Professor at Centrum Católica Graduate School of Business at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, Peru.
Wim’s academic work is concerned with the allocation of entrepreneurial talent and occupational choice in the development process, including how entrepreneurial decisions relate to trade, structural change, industrialization and regional development. He is a graduate of the North-West University (South Africa) and University of Warwick (UK). Before joining MSM he has been Senior Research Fellow at the UNU-WIDER in Helsinki, Finland; Professor at North-West University in South Africa, and Research Officer and Lecturer at the University of Oxford in the UK.