Dr. Anne van Ewijk

Sectie Entrepreneurship

Dr. Anne van Ewijk obtained her PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain) in 2011 with a qualitative case-study comparing diversity policies of two European regional police forces (Mossos d'Esquadra and Politie Utrecht). Since 2007, she worked as a management consultant for &samhoud and KPMG in Spain and in the Netherlands, advising on organizational change projects, teambuilding, and leadership development in retail, education, and the financial sector. After succesfully defending her dissertation, she decided to pursue her career as management consultant, but found herself drawn to academia again after moving to the United Arab Emirates. She assumed the position of Assistant Professor and was later on promoted to Associate Professor.


There, in traditional Al Ain and global Dubai, Dr. Anne van Ewijk pivoted her research focus towards entrepreneurship education. She was part of a select group of faculty from different UAE universities picked by the UAE Ministry of Education to be trained as entrepreneurship instructor by the Stanford Center for Professional Development and afterwards develop others. As in her research - revolving around entrepreneurial intention, inspiration, and motivation in entrepreneurship education - the people-side of organizations is central in her teaching. She has taught Business, International Business, Leadership, Qualitative Research Methods, and Entrepreneurship in various undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive programs. Her teaching style was awarded with Best University Teaching Award in 2019, for building on extensive organizational experience and creatively evoking student interaction.


Dr. Anne van Ewijk has recently started at the Utrecht School of Economics. She coordinates the course Professional Skills for all master students in Economics. She coordinates, and supervises, theses in the Science and Business Master (SBM) program. She also teaches in the SBM: her favorite course, Entrepreneurship. And finally, as departmental lecturer she explores various ways to innovate in delivery and impact measurement of entrepreneurship teaching.