NIBM 2018 “Innovating Infrastructures” 19 September 2018


The Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce & Trade (NICCT) is organizing the 12th edition of the Netherlands India Business Meet (NIBM). The NIBM will take place on Wednesday 19th September at the Groot Handelsgebouw in Rotterdam. This year’s event is co-organized by the City and Port of Rotterdam, Erasmus University and Rotterdam Partners and co-sponsored by ICICI Bank.

From 12.00 till 19.30

at Groothandelsgebouw

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Stationsplein 45, 3013 AK ROTTERDAM

NIBM, is the flagship event of the NICCT in the past 12 years, each year attracts more than 200 Dutch and Indian attendees active in the India-Netherlands business corridor. Over the years, several government and industry leaders and learned experts have shared their experiences on ‘doing business with India’, ‘investing in India’, ‘managing Indo Dutch relations’, and much more.  NIBM is known for the quality of content and the networking possibilities that it offers.

The NIBM is being held in the City of Rotterdam hosted by Mayor Aboutaleb. Besides the Ambassador of India to the Netherlands we have speakers from SPAR, Port of Rotterdam, Unilever and the following delegations from India:

  • FICCI (Federation Indian Chambers of Commerce & Trade)
  • Vibrant Gujarat
  • Madhya Pradesh – Global Investor Summit

This year’s theme:  ‘INNOVATING INFRASTRUCTURES’       India and The Netherlands are continuously developing each other’s infrastructure in innovative ways. The Dutch are developing Indian port, agri food & water management infrastructures and Indian professionals are working on financial, IT & telecom systems in The Netherlands. Actually: Knowledge infrastructures are being innovated!

The topics of the ‘Expert Sessions’ follow up upon this May’s Trade Mission from the Netherlands to India led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte:

  • Agri & Food
  • Maritime & Logistics
  • Water
  • Energy
  • IT

We are honored and delighted, to invite you to participate in this event to share your own personal and practical experiences with others in the Indo-Dutch business community.

Registration for this event is mandatory and is free for all NICCT members. Non-NICCT members will invoiced  € 50,00 (excl. VAT) for attendance of this event which is non-refundable.



India and The Netherlands have a strongly developing partnership when it comes to development and investment in infrastructure in both countries. The Dutch are developing Indian ports; agri-food & water management infrastructures and Indian professionals are working on financial, IT & telecom systems in The Netherlands. This year, the Netherlands India Business Meet will focus on the collaborative development of physical and knowledge infrastructure in the Netherlands-India business corridor.


Date:         Wednesday 19 September 2018

Location: Groothandelsgebouw, Stationsplein 45, Rotterdam

Time:        12.00 – 19.30 hours.

12.00 – 13.15  Registration and light lunch

13.30 – 13.40 Welcome by Vidhya Sampath, NICCT

13.40 – 13.55 Address by Mayor of Rotterdam, HE Mr A. Aboutaleb

13.55 – 14.10  Address by Indian Ambassador HE Mr V. Rajamony

14.10 – 14.25  Keynote address by Ralf Oster, CEO PF Concept                                                                                                                                                                ‘India: New success factor for Consumer Goods Companies – case PF Concept’

14.25 – 14.45  Brief Q & A

15.00 – 16.00  Expert Sessions

Agri & Food

‘Building intelligent infrastructure for a future-proof Agri and food sector’

PM Modi’s government has announced the ambitious plan to double agricultural income in India by 2022, pledging a big budget boost to agriculture sector. This recognizes the urgent need for building infrastructure in this sector and places Netherlands one of the global leaders in the sector in the spotlight as a key partner for India.


David Moore – International Retail & Development Director SPAR International

Davinia Lamme – Managing Director Larive International

Moderator: Rajiv Mehra, NICCT

Maritime & Logistic

‘Port Efficiency and Digital Innovation’.

The Indian government has stated its ambitious target of reducing the inhibitive logistics cost in India from the present 14% of GDP to less than 10% by 2022. The Netherlands, with its global leadership in both maritime and logistics sectors is an important partner, opening up opportunities for business and innovation.


Hans Nagtegaal – Director Containers at Port of Rotterdam

Monica Swanson – Commercial Lead Digital Business Solutions at Port of Rotterdam

Sander Wubbolts – Area Manager Middle East & Africa STC International

Moderator: Robert Vennegoor – Managing Partner IMP Professionals


‘Water management for sustainable development’

The Rockefeller Foundation’s initiative 100 Resilient Cities includes 4 Indian cities working to combat physical, social and economic challenges faced today. Chronic resource shortages, especially water shortages can pose major health, safety and economic security threats. Rotterdam is cooperating with Surat, working towards a more resilient future. Nijhuis Industries have been key participants in significant projects including Clean Ganga. Aqua for all has played a pioneering role in the provision of safe water towards realizing the millennium development goal of health and sanitation.


Corjan Gebraad – Strategy Advisor at Urban Development Dept. City of Rotterdam

Menno Holterman – CEO Nijhuis Industries: Purification of Water

Sjef Ernes – Managing Director AquaforAll

Kees de Vries – Sr. Consultant Water Management Arcadis

Moderator: Sarbani BhattacharyaPartner, Head International Business KPMG


‘New horizons in energy innovation and energy security’

In May 2018, the Netherlands signed the framework agreement of International Solar Alliance that was launched by Indian PM Modi and then French President Francois Hollande at the Paris climate summit in 2015. India recognizes the need for sustainable energy security for continued development and the Netherlands leads on new and alternative technologies in this area.


Eveline Otten – Manager Energy Transition SHELL

Harmen van Heist – Director Rural Spark

Claire Hooft Graafland – Senior Advisor Energy, RVO

Moderator: Ramanathan VenkataramanSr Manager Strategy and Operations KPMG


‘Harnessing the power of digital: The journey so far and new horizons’

Technology has wrought enormous changes for industry and the pace of change moves forward undiminished. The IT sector of India has been at the forefront of IT innovation in Dutch industry giants. Meanwhile innovative companies in the Netherlands are opening up new frontiers in technological innovation especially in the Finance sector.


Josu Devasia – Country Head – Business Development & Sales TCS

Kellog Fairbank – Co Founder Tenner

Matthijs Jaspers – Rotterdam IT Campus

Moderator: Deepak Arora – Regional Sales Director Benelux HCL Technologies


16.00 – 17.15 B2B Meetings (one to one meetings) in designated area

16.05 – 16.35 Company presentations moderated by Mrs Namita Krul-Taneja, NICCT

16.05 – 16.15 ICICI Bank – Mr Sunil Jha – Deputy Gen. Manager Commercial Banking ‘India-Netherlands Partnership Opportunities’

16.15 – 16.25 KPMG – Mrs Sarbani Bhattacharya – Head Int. Business, Partner KPMG‘Ease of doing business in India”

16.25 – 16.35 Q & A

16.30 – 17.10 Delegation presentations moderated by Mr Ryan Tewari, NICCT

16.30 – 16.45 FICCI – Mr Roney Simon – Managing Director CRS Global, Leader of delegation and Director FICCI Italy.

16.45 – 17.00 Madhya Pradesh – Mr Mohammed Suleman – Principal Secretary at Government Madhya Pradesh

17.00 – 17.10 Q & A

17.15 – 17.30 Break

17.30 – 17.45 Address by Mr Guido Landheer, Deputy DG Foreign Economic Relations of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs   

17.45 – 18.00 Address by Mr Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam 

18.00 – 18.15 Closing remarks by Vice Chairman NICCT, Mr Sudip Lahiri

18.15 – 19.30 Networking Reception with Music of ‘Maati Baani’

Registration for this event is mandatory and is free for all NICCT members. Non-members will be invoiced € 50,00 (ex. VAT) for attendance of this event which is non-refundable.

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