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The Brock University Alumni Association has proudly selected Mr. Roelof Makken as the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is presented annually to a Brock graduate who has made exceptional contributions to his or her profession, the community and the University.
Mr. Makken attended Brock University from 1981-1985, earning both his BA in Economics, with distinction, and BAdmin honours in finance.
Mr. Makken is a principal owner of Tern Analytics, a consulting firm that provides financial and risk advisory services to large international enterprises.
Mr. Makken is a graduate of the Rijksscholengemeenschap Appingedam in the Netherlands, Brock University, and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium (MA in International Economics and Econometrics). After six years of relevant work experience, Roelof returned to Louvain to work on his PhD in Economics. The focus of the research was on the relationship between yield curve rotations and exchange rates.
Mr. Makken is currently an Economics lecturer, a member of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Advisory Council of the Dean of the Faculty of Business at Brock University. Mr. Makken has received the Best Practices Recognition Award in 2008 and the Clarke Thomson Award for excellence in sessional teaching in 2009.
Mr. Makken has facilitated the exchange program between Brock University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - the world's third oldest university and one of the top ten business schools. Roelof established the "Mohamed Dore Graduate Scholarship" and a program for scholarships for the Brock Faculty of Business. Roelof also negotiated to have twelve Bloomberg Data Systems terminals available on campus, providing students and faculty with an outstanding data set for research and financial modeling.
Mr. Makken has made exceptional contributions to his profession, the community and to Brock, and is the perfect recipient for this year's Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented on Saturday September 18 at the Alumni Celebration Dinner.