Key Trainers

Michael Ahrens MSc CIP

Michael Ahrens (1968) founded his own company, after finishing his studies Commercial Economics in Alkmaar (NL) and Financing at the University of Maastricht (NL). First as a publisher of a professional journal for investors and investment courses and later on as asset manager of a hedge fund, he has gained broad experience in the world of stocks, bonds and derivatives. After selling his share in the asset management firm, he concentrated on independent investment research and trainings.

Within the context of the CIP training (Certified Investment Professional) he lectures a number of courses, such as Financial Markets, Financial Mathematics, Treasury Management and Risk Management. Michael is Chief Operations Officer/partner of ML Finance Academy.

Harry Geels CIP

Harry Geels (1969) has over twenty-five years of experience, amongst others as chief-editor of the magazine Technical and Quantitative Analysis (Reed Elsevier), as senior investment manager at Compendeon (pension funds advisor) and now as Wealth Manager at Auréus Group. Harry is the author of the book which is used for the course ‘Advanced Portfolio Management’ and he is also a columnist at an important Dutch financial newspaper (Financiële Telegraaf).

At ML Finance Academy, Harry lectures the courses ‘Portfolio Management’ and ‘Derivatives’. Harry is partner of ML Finance Academy.


Mark Lamers CIP

Mark Lamers (1971) has broad experience in the financial world. As Financial Consultant and Sales Director he worked for various internationally operating software companies, market data companies, asset managers, brokers and (hedge) funds. He co-founded an Asset Manager that was acknowledged by the Dutch Central Bank. This Asset Manager managed private assets based on quantitative models. Mark is also chairman of the board of the Foundation CIP.
At ML Finance Academy, Mark lectures the courses ‘Financial Markets’ and ‘Financial Mathematics’.
Mark is partner and Chief Executive Officer of ML Finance Academy.

Rob Verheul

Rob Verheul (1972) has a broad experience in the financial markets. Amongst other things he has been the COO of SNS Assetmanagement/Actiam. Rob Verheul lectures the module Blockchain in Finance. Rob is co-founder of a company involved in the technology of blockchain in finance. 

Mitchel Steur CIP

Mitchel Steur is Director Pensions & Insurers at CACEIS (former KAS BANK) and responsible for account management, relationship management and sales within this focus segment. Mitchel has 15 years of experience in the financial sector performing in, amongst others, different management positions both in the backoffice, as well as part of the commercial department. Prior to joining CACEIS, Mitchel has worked at the Dutch Central Bank where he was part of the Corporate Actions desk and also took care of the daily collateral for the stock exchange. At ML Finance Academy Mitchel takes care of the courses Mid- & Backoffice and also ‘Securities Operations’.