The president is ultimately responsible for the functioning of the FSA and is therefore the final representative to the outside world. Moreover, the president focuses on the cooperation between all board members and the long-term strategy of the FSA. Throughout the year, the president is responsible for the general progress and implementation of the various targets set in the policy. The president is responsible for ensuring that the FSA’s mission and visions are effectively put to practice. Finally, the president maintains the external relationships with, among others, universities and the FAN (Financial Association of the Netherlands).
I am Suzanne Straathof, 24 years old and president of the 26th board of the FSA. In my free time, I like to play tennis and spend times with friends. , go to the gym and play some football or padel. You can always wake me up for a nice burger or specialty beer.
A few years ago, I started studying Business Administration at Nyenrode Business University. I also worked at Savills, a real estate advisory firm. After that, I travelled through 6 different countries in Asia and completed the premaster Finance at VU University. Next to that, I worked at Eveda Capital, a corporate finance boutique, and was a member of the marketing committee at FRESH Students. I am currently finalising the MSc Finance, with elective courses in Corporate Valuation and Real estate Finance.
The reason I chose to do a fulltime board year at the FSA was to orientate on what the different career opportunities are in the financial sector. Having some experience in corporate finance, I knew that I wanted to work in the financial sector, but all the different career paths puzzled me and I wanted to see what it is like to work in other sectors. Besides, I wanted to gain more practical experience. I learned a lot during my studies, but I wanted to develop myself in a different way. This board year gave me the perfect opportunity to gain leadership experience, and get in contact with many interesting people in the financial sector, while enjoying an exciting year with a tight group of friends. To me, this year is the perfect opportunity to develop myself professionally while also enjoying a lot of social activities that the FSA organises