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Amsterdam School of International Business

Mr  J.O. Sterk (John) MSc.


“Control your destiny or someone else will” - Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric

Mr. John Sterk joined the Amsterdam School of International Business (AMSIB) as Dean in 2011. Mr. Sterk's extensive international experience in start-ups, change management and strategic management has him well-equipped to lead the business programmes at AMSIB. Having always been a grounded (but still visionary) and entrepreneurial business manager, Mr. Sterk is pleased with what AMSIB has achieved over the past few years.

Business profile

Before joining the Amsterdam School of International Business, Mr. Sterk was Senior Vice President at the ABN AMRO bank and Chief Human Capital, and a member of the management board at ABN AMRO Mellon bank.

Prior to entering the financial services sector he garnered experience in the fields of education, consultancy, the pharmaceutical industry, IT, energy, manufacturing, and non-profits. His work has granted him opportunities to visit countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Hungary, China, Singapore, the United States of America and Italy.

Educational profile

Mr. Sterk has an MSc in Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam and wrote his master thesis on ‘The Organizational Culture of Urban Planning in Stockholm, Sweden’. He is fluent in Dutch and English, and has a good understanding of German and French.