I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.
- Pippi Langkous - 

Within Nyenrode, Marlies de Vries is the director responsible for the controller degree programs. In addition, as a faculty member she is responsible for one of the core areas of the accountancy and controller degree program. She is also active within the executive programs as an expert on governance, behavior and culture.

In light of her various roles, she is proud to read student evaluations that state that their education contributes to their work and the position of the profession (for controller and accountant) in the future. Not only because of the compulsory program we offer, but also because of the extra (optional) master classes not included in the curriculum, for example.

Nyenrode Business University is her alma mater, she finished her accountancy studies here in 2005. She completed the post-graduate chartered accountant training (Registeraccountant - RA) in 2006. From 1997-2011 she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, gaining experience in both national and international practice. This included a special assignment for the World Bank, which was done partly in Afghanistan (Kabul) and the Netherlands.

Marlies joined Nyenrode in 2011. Her research focuses on behavior and culture, with specific attention to identity development, socialization processes and organizational culture within professions. In this, she pays special attention to young professionals (millennials and generation Z).

Marlies views the core values of Nyenrode as an important framework, she tries to apply them as much as possible in all her roles within Nyenrode and challenges herself to check if she considers all three aspects.  

Secondary positions

  • Member of the Committee on the Future of the Accountancy Sector (Commissie Toekomst Accountancysector), on behalf of Minister Hoekstra of Finance - January 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020.
  • Quartermaster on the Future of the Accountancy Sector on behalf of the Minister of Finance from May 1, 2020.

International activities

  • Giving presentations during various international conferences.


Marlies observes the adage that one can handle a lot with a powerful body, and that a good balance is essential. Therefore, in her spare time, she combines strength training (CrossFit) with running (fitness).

In addition, she loves to travel, the great thing about international work is the conferences in various cities within and outside Europe. 

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