Deputy Dean, Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University
Accounting and Finance
PhD in History, University of Chicago
BA, Williams College
Dr. Vandenbrink began his business career in the Chicago Office of Booz Allen, the consulting firm. He then moved to J.P. Morgan, working in New York and Tokyo in financial consulting, capital markets, corporate finance, M&A, commercial lending, and credit risk management. He was Managing Director and Head of Credit Risk in Japan first at Deutsche Bank and subsequently at Morgan Stanley. He recently taught corporate finance at The University of Tsukuba as visiting professor in the MBA Program in International Business.
"The students at GLOBIS are mostly young people who work during the day, and I see them in class at night. You might expect them to be tired, but they come ready to work, to learn skills that will help them in their careers. That makes teaching a pleasure. Perhaps "teaching" isn't the right word. What we do at GLOBIS is more of a collective effort, with lots of participation. My job is to provide a framework and some guidance, by asking leading questions at the right time. It's up to the students to come prepared to deepen their understanding in class. They learn from each other, often in teams working through problems documented in actual business cases. In class, they can apply their own on-the-job experiences. I use my background in finance to ensure that the discussion focuses on what's important in practice. For example, some basic concepts in finance are rather theoretical. To understand them, you have to start with a few unrealistic assumptions about markets and then relax the assumptions step-by-step to make the situation realistic. Every MBA student needs to be exposed to this kind of thinking, so we go through it. However, we try to develop the discussion in ways that focus attention on the fundamental concepts that students will encounter in actual markets and on the job."