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Michiel Steeman, professor

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Michiel Steeman has been a research fellow in Supply Chain Finance at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences since 2013. He is also the founder of the Supply Chain Finance Community and chairman of the Partnership Foundation.

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Research focus

Michiel Steeman's research focuses on supply chain finance around questions like: What role do large companies have in the organization of the financial chain? Which solutions should be developed for this, and how can SMEs benefit from this? How can ESG be linked and circularity?


In 1999, Steeman graduated in Financial Economics from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He obtained his PhD in 2020 from Nyenrode Business University with a thesis titled: An Exploratory Study on Supply Chain Finance Schemes.

Research experience

Michiel is the founder and chairman of the Supply Chain Finance Community, with which more than 30 business schools from over 20 countries work together and actively cooperate with companies, banks, and governments in the growing field of Supply Chain Finance.

Between 2009 and 2012, Michiel was on the executive committee of Factors Chain International, a global organization with more than 300 members in over 65 countries. In 2012, he launched a business simulation and training tool, developed to give professionals insight and training around the physical and financial chain.

Michiel is the initiator behind the Rainbow Homes through his chairmanship of the Partnership Foundation. This foundation has introduced a pioneering franchise formula to improve housing conditions for street children in India. The Rainbow Home model is a scalable solution, based on the belief that any school can be transformed into a home for street children.