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Thomas van Zanten has been contributing to the Executive Master program in Finance & Control (EMFC) at VU Amsterdam since 2016. Having a background as officer in the Dutch Royal Navy (1995-2008), Thomas has gained experience in leadership, organizational restructuring and intelligence (MoD). Besides being a teacher, he is a business advisor in data management, IT-architecture and organisational development as well as an international speaker on lab informatics. He is a qualified business economist (MSc), chartered controller (‘RC’, Tias Business School), and is currently conducting a PhD-trajectory on reimbursement practices in Healthcare. On the EMFC program, Thomas co-developed and co-teaches the course Information, Technology &  Control. This course synergizes the domains of  Accounting Information Systems and Information Management. The main theme is ‘information quality assurance’. Topics are amongst others, blockchain, cryptocurrency, fraud, hacking and cloud computing. As examinor, Thomas contributes to the course Controllership and he supervises graduation papers in area of management control.

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Founder Cushion consultancy, advising laboratory related organizations on Business Process Management, IT-investments and organizational development. Bridging IT, Control and Finance domains


Member Advisory Committee, advising on candidate supervisory board members at Rabobank Alkmaar.


Teacher Open Universiteit, lecturing on Management Accounting, Accounting Information systems, Risk Management, Management Control and institutional theory. Supervising master theses (all MSc-level)


Naval officer, military operations at sea and land (Afghanistan), process auditing including ERP, organizational restructuring, restructuring intelligence data logistics. Veteran (Active Endavour, Enduring Freedom, ISAF)


Academic qualification

Accounting & Finance, Master, Accounting & Finance (part time education), Open Universiteit

… → 2008

Maritime management, Maritime management and military operational training, Royal Naval Academy, Koninklijk Instituut voor de Marine


Accounting & Control, PhD, Reimbursement practice in Healthcare