Annemieke van Wijk, member of the Gothenburg team in Sweden, has started a new challenge and decided not to continue her activities for the Dutch Chamber in the new year. We would like to thank Annemieke for her fantastic contribution to the Gothenburg team as well as the Dutch Chamber as a whole. Annemieke has been responsible for Communications in the past two years and together with Sari van Poelje she introduced the Gothenburg Innovation Labs in 2017/2018.
Her professional contribution has been very valuable. Annemieke, we will miss your professionalism, and helpfulness and most of all you as a great person to work together with!
The Gothenburg team is looking for a new volunteer. Please contact Olga Deering for more information.
The fourth young professional event at the Dutch Embassy of the Netherlands in Sweden on the 17th of January was yet another success. Around fifty young professionals gathered to learn about Stockholm's cultural sector with Swedish and Dutch perspectives, all set around the theme 'Culture for all'.
Torbjörn Elensky and Jonas Naddebo enlighted us with their visions and thoughts about the Stockholm cultural sector, it's link with politics and society and current discussions.January
Then, the panel of Dutch cultural professionals shared their interesting experiences of their work in Stockholm with us. Last but not least, the wrap-up discussion was lively and was stimulated by an active audience, all moderated by Lisanne Fransen.
You can read more about the event on the website of the Rijksoverheid.
On Tuesday 27 November, Region South arranged a charity dinner in cooperation with War Child Sweden at Michelin star restaurant Bloom in the Park in Malmö. The aim was to raise money for the projects run by War Child.
The event was attended by 26 people, both members of the Dutch Chamber, as well as representatives from War Child and executives from regional businesses.
Among the guests were ambassador Henk Swarttouw with his wife Sara as well as the new Honorary Council Kerstin Lindell.
During the event, Henk van Dieren and Göran Pålsson from Samskip Van Dieren handed over a cheque to sponsor Warchild even more.
Furthermore, a beautiful painting by Dutch artist Annetje van der Sluis was auctioned out and this further added to the funds we were able to donate to War Child.
A wonderful dinner and superb networking in a great atmosphere - with a higher purpose - turned out to be very successful!
On Monday 20 November the executive members of the Dutch Chamber were invited to the
annual executive lunch at Handelsbanken, where the bank presents itself to the Dutch-
Swedish business community and gives an outlook on the economy.
With inspiring speeches of Handelsbankens CEO Anders Bouvin about a. o. the
digital developments in the banking industry, Jens Wiklund, CEO Handelsbanken in the
Netherlands, about the growth of Handelsbanken in the Netherlands and Elisabeth Jamal
Bergström, chief Communcations and Sustainability Office, about the sustainability strategy
and actions of Handelsbanken, attendants got a good inside view of the way Handelsbanken aims
for a longterm and sustainable strategy.
As a last speaker Ann Öberg, Chief Economist of Handelsbanken gave an inside into the global
economy, including effect of trade barriers, development of the housing market, the
currencies and the effect of elections.
We thank our member Handelsbanken for another much-appreciated event.
In addition to our latest Orange Tables Event on Circular Economy on 25 October we have an interesting article regarding this topic. Read it here.
On Thursday 25 October we hosted an Orange Tables Event on Circular Economy. The main question was: Circular Economy: Fact or Fiction? The panel consisted of three panellists with different interesting stories and Jolanda van Rooijen, PhD Candidate on Circular Economy to kick off the event and introduce the topic Circular Economy.
The panel consisted of:
The event was presented by Ruben Brunsveld, Head People & Culture at Enact Sustainable Strategies
We can look back on another great Orange Tables Event. The evening was interactive, had excellent content and a great mingle afterwards. Both the panellist and Jolanda van Rooijen showed a different view on a topic that is concerning everyone.
A lively discussion with many pointed questions and stimulating ideas.
Jolanda van Rooijens presentation can be downloaded here.
Kerstin Lindell is the new Consul for the Netherlands in Southern Sweden. As such she recently joined the Dutch Chamber. We asked her to introduce herself to our members.
My name is Kerstin Lindell and I have been CEO of Bona for almost 12 years now. Previously I worked as R&D Manager at Akzo Nobel Insustrial Wood Coatings. I have been living in Limhamn (Malmö) for 25 years, am married and have two children. My education is a MSC Chem Engineering, PhD Polymer Chemistry and MBA.
Could you tell a little bit more about your company Bona?
Bona AB is a family-owned company founded in 1919. With its headquarters in Malmö, Sweden, Bona is now present in more than 90 different countries all over the world through subsidiaries and distributors. We provide products for the installation, maintenance and renovation of wood floors throughout their lifetime and we also supply UV coatings to leading international producers of wooden floors. Through our comprehensive Bona System, we are able to offer our customers complete solutions for every wooden floor challenge. We continuously develop innovative products with a long-term sustainable perspective in mind. So we take into account not just the floor itself but the working conditions of the craftsman and the impact on the indoor and outdoor environment.
What is your connection with the Netherlands?
I worked for Akzo Nobel for 14 years so I have good working experience with the Netherlands.
What does your assignment as Consul for the Netherlands entail? Do you have any specific ambitions to achieve?
I hope to support the Embassy in Stockholm with activities and an understanding of what is happening in South Sweden.
What are your expectations concerning the Dutch Chamber of Commerce? And escpecially for the region South?
The Dutch Chamber of Commerce is a very important area of interaction both with activities for all Sweden and especially South Sweden.