The students

Jose Vitor Correa (Masters in Marketing & Digital Transformation – Ghent Campus)

Jose Victor Correa

Hello there! My name is José Corrêa and I’m currently doing my Masters in Marketing & Digital Transformation at Vlerick Business School.

I was born and raised in the middle of the largest city in South America, São Paulo, where I graduated from my Bachelor in Communication and Advertising. Almost four years after working in a big FMCG company I decided to take my first leap and start my journey abroad at Vlerick. I’m a geek at heart, passionate about brands, music and photography.

Looking forward for the journey to continue, please feel free to ask me any questions about the program or anything else 😉:

Nine Mennes  (Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Leuven campus)

Mennes NineHi guys! My name is Nine (pronounced like Nina but with an e 😉) and I am currently enrolled in the Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the Leuven campus.

Before starting at Vlerick, I studied communication science with a major in strategy and organization at KU Leuven. During those studies, I felt passionate about management and entrepreneurship and therefore decided to apply for this programme. Up till today this has been one of the best decisions in my life. Throughout these first months I have been taken out of my comfort zone and constantly been challenged by my professors and fellow classmates. Also, the receptions (with free drinks!) and parties are great, and we’re having so much fun. The motto of Vlerick students really is “work hard, play hard”.

Even though I am not sure yet which way I want to go with my career, I’m confident that because of the Vlerick Career Days and chats with our Career Advisor, Wendy, that I will find the right path for me. The career services which Vlerick offers, makes it a unique business school. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions:

Valerie Matterne (Masters in International Management and Strategy – Brussels campus)

Valerie Matterne Hi! I’m Valérie and I’m currently part of the Masters in International Management & Strategy (MIMS) at the Brussels campus.

Before my Vlerick adventure I studied Bioscience Engineering with a major in Cellular and Genetic technology at KU Leuven University. I was born in Sint-Truiden, Belgium, but have always been interested in an international career. That’s why I joined this unique program.

Vlerick has been an amazing experience so far. Prepare to be challenged, to learn a lot in a short amount of time and to make friends for life! In my free time, I love cooking, travelling, sports, and spending time with friends.

Questions? I will be more than happy to answer all of them! So please do not hesitate to contact me:

Looking forward to meeting you and to share my journey!

Lara Horstmann (Masters in General Management – Ghent campus)

Lara Hortsmann Hi! I am Lara Horstmann and I am currently following the Master in General Management (MGM) at Vlerick Business School in Ghent.

Before starting at Vlerick, I studied Law at Ghent University. I decided to study General Management at Vlerick Business School because I wanted to guide my legal background to the managerial world and further develop my leadership know-how and management skills.

If you have any questions about the MGM programme, the campus or anything else Vlerick-related, don’t hesitate to contact me: Looking forward to meeting you!


Anton Van Biesen  (Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Leuven campus)

Anton Van Biesen Hey! My name is Anton and I represent the MIE program at Leuven together with my amazing colleague Nine. I am one of those students with a completely different background than what you would expect (physical therapy). I can tell you all about how Vlerick can help you pivot your career and how they can provide you with the tools to make your background your unfair advantage.

I have done some start-ups myself and even started a sports club at fourteen years old, so if you have questions about those kind of things, also feel free to send me a message.

Some quick trivia about me: I am 25, live in Dendermonde and I absolutely LOVE extreme sports!
Even if you don’t have questions, you can add me on linkedIn: and if you do, send me a message or an e-mail at

See you soon!


Michelle Thewissen  (Masters in General Management – Leuven campus)

Michelle ThewissenHi there, nice to e-meet you! My name is Michelle and I am currently enrolled in the Masters in General Management programme on the Leuven campus.

I have always been very passionate about marketing and branding. During my education in Communication Sciences, these interests grew and developed even more. I believe that equally important as creating a great product is creating an excellent brand to capture people’s attention and to get them to love your brand and therefore your product.

Currently I get the opportunity to contribute to such an excellent brand and share my passion for Vlerick Business School as a brand ambassador. Feel free to add me on LinkedIn and don’t hesitate to contact me in case you have any questions:


Xinying Wang (Masters in International Management and Strategy – Brussels campus)

Xinying WangHi! I am Xinying Wang from China and I am currently doing Masters in International Management and Strategy at Vlerick Business School.

Before starting at Vlerick, I studied English Language and Literature and minored in Psychology. Basically I have no business background, which didn’t stop me from pursuing business knowledge and skills to pave the way for future career.

So far life at Vlerick is beyond expectation. I learn a lot not only from professors but also from classmates in teamwork or after class. In my spare time, I like cooking, reading, travelling and hiking.

If you have any questions about the MIMS programme or the application procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact me:


Louis Clarys  (Masters in General Management – Ghent campus) 

Louis ClarysHi there! My name is Louis and I’m currently a General Management (MGM) student in Ghent.

Last year I obtained my Master’s degree in Law at the University of Ghent. I decided to study at Vlerick Business School because I wanted to broaden my business skills. Combined with my background in law, I believe this will open up many opportunities.

During my spare time I like to do things with friends, play golf and explore the country roads with my motorbike.

If you have any questions about the MGM programme or about Vlerick in general, feel free to contact me. You can do so by e-mail ( or simply by sending me a message via Linkedin ( Hope to hear from you soon!


Haiyung (Mandy) Huang (Masters in General Management – Leuven campus)

Mandy HuangHi there! My name is Mandy and I’m currently a Masters student in General Management in the Leuven campus.

Before attending Vlerick, I did a Masters in Sinology (faculty of Arts) at the KUL. However, it was only during my studies that I started to dream of a career in business. The switch from a language program to a management program required me to step out of my comfort zone and “to face numbers”, but to be honest, this was the best choice I’ve ever made. Both professors and classmates are friendly and helpful and thanks to them, I’m having the time of my life right now.

Other facts about me: I was born and raised in Belgium, I have studied one year in Shanghai (China), I’m a co-founder of a student association based in Leuven; and I love photo- and videography.

You are absolutely welcome to bombard me with questions – I’m very happy to answer them!


Lauren Hanson  (Masters in Marketing & Digital Transformation – Ghent Campus)

Lauren HansonHello there! My name is Lauren Hanson and I currently doing my Masters in Marketing and Digital Transformation at the Ghent campus.

I am originally from the USA from Minnesota (a.k.a “Minnesnowta”) and did my bachelors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. But I have studied in four different countries. I am very passionate about traveling and learning about new cultures!

Vlerick has felt like a home away from home for me. I have learned so much in such a short period of time. I am constantly challenging myself and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. And I am so happy I have made life long friends already to help me along the way!

If you have any questions at all I would be more than happy to answer! Feel free to contact me at Look forward to meeting you and sharing my journey!


Anupriya Muppala Sai (Masters in Financial Management – Brussels campus)

Sai Anupriya MuppalaHello! I am Anupriya, currently pursuing the Masters in Financial Management on the Brussels campus.

I come from India, the country of heritage and diversity. I was working with a Chartered Accountants firm in Bangalore, India and hold a Chartered Certified Accountant qualification. Very interesting fact about me, I graduated with an undergraduate degree in 2019 which is 1 year after I qualified as a Chartered Accountant. I love numbers and annual reports, which brings me to the world of finance at Vlerick.

The year so far has been very interesting, keep an eye on the LinkedIn posts about all the events on campus. The opportunities till now have contributed to the better version of us. Looking forward to keep you all posted on the upcoming events and the life at Vlerick.

You can contact me at for any questions on the program or in general of what to expect from the academic year at Vlerick. Well, if you really are interested to discuss M&A, valuations – do you feel DCF or multiples is broke😎? We can catch up with such interesting discussions as well!