Maike van Dijk-de Groot is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Center for Entrepreneurship, Governance and Stewardship of Nyenrode Business Universiteit. Maike focuses in her research on social business hybrids that aim to create impact in developing countries and the specific combination of conditions that improve self-reliance of low-income people in developing countries. In the past, she concentrated on microjustice, microfinance, NGO and investor perspectives on economic development, and impact investing.
  
Next to being a researcher, Maike co-designed (and is now program manager of) the Green Finance Academy masterclass “Green Business Modelling and Private Sector Finance”. The Green Finance Academy is an initiative of IUCN NL, Wageningen University and Research and Nyenrode Business Universiteit to train project managers to design green bankable projects based on business model thinking and the newest knowledge on ecosystem service valuation.
        
Between 2011-2014, Maike contributed to the Nyenrode community through her position as chairman of the personnel organization Edorneijn.
 
Maike holds a Master’s Degree in Law (specialization track International Public Law) from the University of Utrecht (2008). During her Masters, Maike participated in the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, an international competition for law students. Maike also worked as a legal secretary at a law firm specialized in health law and as an intern at the Arbitration group of the law firm NautaDutilh in Rotterdam.
  
In general, Maike is passionate about studying phenomena of inspired people that aim to change the world and dare to go for it. Also working in a team and together deliver high quality end products is something she values greatly.