NIBM 2022 “Global Supply Chain Disruption: Challenges and Opportunities for the Netherlands-India Business Corridor” 6 October 2022 – Rotterdam

Triggered by the Covid pandemic and its aftermath including still continuing lockdowns in China, as well as the impact of the Russia-Ukrain crisis, industry and consumers across the globe are feeling the effect of a global supply chain crisis. What will be the impact on the businesses operating in the NL-India business corridor? Will this crisis open up new opportunities for collaboration?

The supply chain crisis was triggered by the covid pandemic that brought to gather a ‘perfect storm’ of factors: geo-political forces localising production, shifts in demand, labor shortages and structural factors. Now, the Ukraine crisis has affected supply in certain sectors including consumer goods, metals, rare elements, food, chemicals and commodities. With the air and freight traffic and ports under pressure as well as the continued labour shortages, increase in demand and inflation, the crisis is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Sectors affected are chemical, automotive, transport, semiconductors and the technology sector.

 The Indian government has been promoting India as the solution to plugging the supply chain gaps in pharma, renewables and especially in semiconductor production. Technology will play a big role in making supply chains more efficient by supporting planning and decision-making. Predictive analysis to pinpoint and manage bottlenecks is part of this. This too is an area India has a lot to offer. The Netherlands has an intrinsic advantage in this area with its globally leading capabilities in supply chain management.

 Building diversification, resilience and efficiency in supply chains supported by technology will be the new focus for many on both sides of the border. In this Netherlands India Business Meet we will understand the ramifications of the supply chain crisis and look at what it will mean for the NL-India business corridor.

It is our great pleasure to invite you for the Netherlands India Business Meet (NIBM) scheduled on Thursday 6 October 2022 from 14.00-18.30hrs.
For more than a decade the NIBM attracts over 200 small-sized, medium-sized and multinational companies active in the Netherlands-India business arena.

The theme for this year will be “Global Supply Chain Disruption: Challenges and Opportunities for the Netherlands – India Business Corridor”

During our NIBM, the opportunities will be highlighted by high-level speakers from various perspectives, and you will gain insight into the possibilities that are of value to your business. 
In addition, there will be ample opportunity to network with relevant stakeholders.

We kindly ask you to register for this great event:
Date:  Thursday 6 October 2022

Time: 14.00-18.30 hrs
Venue: Rotterdam Ahoy

Please click here for your registration, a detailed program and more information about our distinguished speakers:

Registration for this event is mandatory. NICCT members can join this program free of costs and may take one guest with them also free of costs. Non-NICCT members will be invoiced € 65,- excl. VAT for attendance of the NIBM which is non-refundable and invoiced prior to the event. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to take part in this flagship  business meeting within the Indo-Dutch business corridor. 

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 6 October 2022 in Rotterdam. 

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13.30-14.00       Registration

Informal networking with coffee and tea

Opening Session  

14.00               Start program

14.05-14.10     Welcome by Vidhya Sampath – NICCT VP Programs and Liaison to Advisory Board –  Senior Director Corporate Affairs & External Relations – Tata Consultancy Services – moderator of the NIBM

14.10-14.12       Welcome by Edith Nordmann – Chairman of NICCT – Managing Partner of ACG International

14.12-14.30       In conversation on Policy and Geopolitical Perspectives

– H.E. Mrs. Reenat Sandhu – Ambassador of India to The Netherlands

– H.E. Mr. Marten van den Berg – Ambassador of The Netherlands to India

14.30-15.15       Business Perspectives

In conversation on the impact on large and small scale companies, prognosis and key changes required, role of technology

-Famke Krumbmüller – EMEIA Leader, Geostrategic Business Group – EY

– Nidhi Maheshwari – Partner, BSR & Co LLP

-Rik Pek – Chief Executive Officer – Broekman Logistics

15.15-15.30       Break with sodas and a small snack

15.30-16.15       Digital Perspectives

In conversation on the impact on large and small scale companies, prognosis and key changes required, role of technology

– Nirmalya Banerjee – Global Head -Sustainability and Circular Economy at TCS Pace

– Martijn Koch – Director Business Development & Alliances at DiLX BV

NICCT Business Excellence Award Award in Supply Chain

16.15-16.25       Elevator Pitch by

– Martin Schoemaker – Directeur – FlowNXT

– Anshuman Agarwal – Co-Founder & COO – Increff

 – Saahil Goel – Co-Founder & CEO – Shiprocket

16.25-16.30       Audience Voting 

16.30-16.32       Hand over Award

16.32-17.02    Inauguration of PIB

Moderated by Desh Ramnath –  Director Business Development – Dutch Greenhouse Delta

17.02-17.05       Wrap up by Edith Nordmann – Chairman NICCT

17.05-18.30       Informal networking with drinks and snacks

H.E. Mrs. Reenat Sandhu – Ambassador of India to The Netherlands – Opening Session

Mrs. Reenat Sandhu is the Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is also responsible for India’s relations with OPCW, ICJ, PCA and other legal institutions in The Hague. 

Mrs. Sandhu was Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs before arriving in the Netherlands.  During her tenure as Secretary (West), she covered India’s relations with the EU, West & Central European countries and the Eurasia region.

Mrs. Sandhu began her career in the Indian Foreign Service in 1989 and served in various capacities at Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi and Indian Missions abroad in a distinguished career spanning over thirty years since 1989.

Her prior postings abroad have included stations in Moscow, Kyiv, Washington DC, Colombo, New York, Geneva and Italy. 

Born on June 07, 1964, Mrs. Sandhu has a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.

She is married to Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the USA and has two children.

H.E. Mr. Marten van den Berg – Ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to India – Opening Session

Marten van den Berg is the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to India, Nepal and Bhutan. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, he served as the Director General, Foreign Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands from 2015-2018.
Ambassador Van den Berg studied Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and was part of a Programme for Public Management at the University of Maryland, US and the Programme for Senior Executives of State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA.

His first entry into public life was as the Senior Policy Advisor of General Technology Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs. His subsequent posts included, Deputy Chairman of the Working Group Technology Transfer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Adjunct Secretary General at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Deputy Director Spatial Economic Policy. In 2001, he was appointed Economic Minister at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington; and returned to the Ministry of Economic Affairs as Deputy Director General of Foreign Economic Relations in 2004. In 2008, he was also appointed as the Director of Economic Diplomacy at the Ministry. In 2012, Ambassador Van den Berg was appointed as the Deputy Director General Foreign Economic Relations and then as the Director General Foreign Economic Relations in 2015. 

Edith Nordmann – Chairman NICCT & Managing Partner ACG International – Opening Session

Edith Nordmann is next to being the Chairman of NICCT also Managing Partner at ACG International in Amsterdam.

Edith has an expert qualification in employment law, and is experienced corporate and commercial litigator, who has been representing both companies and private individuals in highly complex matters. Her practice also covers cross-border transactions, contract disputes, and national and international litigation. In addition, she is a certified mediator, who assists her clients in finding amicable resolution of their disputes.

Being fluent in German (native speaker), English, Dutch, French and Italian, Edith is not only able to communicate with many of her international clients in their mother tongue, but also to understand the difference in mentality, culture and legal systems. This puts her in a unique position to resolve cross-border issues.

Edith successfully combines her professional career with numerous charitable and social organizations, where she uses her expertise, not only to help others but also to empower them in their endeavors. Among many other commitments, she is also Vice Chairman Supervisory Board of Housing Corporation Rochdale.

Vidhya Sampath – NICCT VP Programs and Liaison to Advisory Board –  Senior Director Corporate Affairs & External Relations – Tata Consultancy Services – Day Moderator

Vidhya Sampath serves as the head of Corporate and European Affairs for Tata Consultancy Services across TCS’ European operations. Prior to this she served as the Director External Relations for Europe and as the Marketing Head for TCS Benelux, a period that saw exceptionally fast growth for TCS.
Vidhya has served as the Director of the Europe India Institute at Nyenrode Business University and initiated the Netherlands India Institute.
As a private consultant she advised several major corporates and public institutions in Europe on business collaboration with India and has orchestrated several high-level missions to India.

Vidhya serves presently as a Vice President on the board of the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade and is on the advisory Board to the Europe India Chamber of Commerce.
Vidhya holds a Bachelors degree in Architecture (cum laude), a Masters degree in Urban development and Housing Studies and a MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management. Vidhya is a fully certified yoga teacher and enjoys teaching and practicing yoga on a daily basis.

Famke Krumbmüller – EMEIA Leader, Geostrategic Business Group – EY – Business Perspectives Session

Multilingual political analyst and strategist focused on helping businesses understand and manage politics. Passionate about European and global politics, business, innovation and entrepreneurship.

In her role as an Executive Director in the Geostrategic Business Group, Famke provides EY’s clients and teams with actionable political insights to help them understand how politics impacts their business, and think about strategies to anticipate and manage political risk.

Before joining EY, Famke headed a Paris-based, innovative strategy consultancy in the space of political risk, public affairs and public policy which she co-founded. Previously, she was based in London and responsible for the coverage of western European countries at a renowned political risk firm.

As a Forbes Europe “Policy & Law” list-maker and regular contributor to the media, she is an experienced and recognized commentator of European politics and public speaker.

Famke’s academic background is in European Affairs and Political Economy, which she studied at Maastricht University, the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris.

How Famke is building a better working world
“I believe diverse political cultures are a true richness in our globalized world – in helping clients, businesses, people understand and manage them I contribute to building a better working world.

I am also committed to contributing to a more sustainable and inclusive future by leveraging and promoting diverse skills, experiences and cultural backgrounds, and promoting gender parity.”

Nidhi Maheshwari – Partner, BSR & Co LLP – Business Perspectives Session

Nidhi is a Partner with BSR & Co. LLP (sub-licensee entity of KPMG in India). Nidhi has over 21 years of consulting experience and a focus on Financial Services, Technology and Media sector. She is an active member of the European corridor and leads the India-Netherlands, India-France, India-Belgium and India-Italy corridors for the firm’s tax practice in India. 

She has extensively advised European companies on designing and implementing business expansion and reorganization strategies and spearheading complex tax and policy advisory engagements. She is also a specialist in international tax, inbound and outbound investment advisory, cross-border transactions and tax litigation matters. 

She is a regular speaker at various business forums and actively contributes to KPMG India’s Thought Leadership publications. She has also worked with KPMG in the Netherlands and has gained knowledge about EU & Dutch laws. 

Nidhi is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India and holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce with honors from Delhi University.

Rik Pek – CEO – Broekman Logistics – Business Perspectives Session

Rik (1981), CEO of Broekman Logistics and a Dutch national, is holding a Master of Science (MSc) in Business and Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He started his career at Broekman Logistics in 2006 as a Management Trainee, quickly followed by several operational and commercial management positions. In 2011 he became General Manager of the breakbulk terminals, prior to his promotion to Managing Director of the Breakbulk and International Freight Forwarding divisions in 2015. In this role, he became amongst others responsible for Broekman Logistics’ operations and commercial activities in India.

In March 2021, Rik became the fifth CEO of Broekman Logistics in its 60 years’ history, following the company’s long tradition to fill the top management position with a manager from its own ranks. In his role he is responsible for leading Broekman Logistics towards a sustainable future, in which Broekman Logistics sees India as an important pillar for future growth.

Nirmalya Banerjee – Global Head Sustainability and Circular Economy – TCS Pace – Digital Perspectives Session

Nirmalya Banerjee is an accomplished Business Leader with 24+ years of consulting and leadership experience. As global head for Sustainability and Circular Economy at TCS Pace, Nirmalya and his team anchors clients’ journey of adopting Sustainability to the core business and fuel non-linear growth through Circular Business models, sustainable products and services.
Nirmalya specializes in driving disruptive Supply Chain design, negative emission ecosystem orchestration and non-linear growth strategies. In his two decades of consulting experience, he has worked closely with client C-level stakeholders and Executive committees delivering large scale transformational outcome towards sustainable growth and transformation.

Martijn E.J. Koch, Global Director Business Development & Strategic Alliances – DiLX BV – Digital Perspectives Session

DiLX BV is a direct verticle of the Gateway Group, with it’s headquarters in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands and Ahmedabad, India.

After his master at the IVA Business School, Martijn made his first steps in encompassing telecommunications, vehicular technologies (road transport, road safety.) and electrical engineering (sensors, instrumentation, wireless communications ) followed by optimizing complex logistical challenges within the global supply chains. 

Now, with over 22 years of experience, Martijn recently joined the Gateway Group, bridging the ever-growing demand for innovations coming from the market to Gateway’s engineering- and development centers in India.

With new technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, and a big data approach added with the growing environmental challenges, Martijn is eager to push the potential of augmented supply chains.  

Martin Schoemaker – CEO FlowNXT and Managing Director Feed Logistics, Nijhof-Wassink Group – Business Excellence Award Session

Martin is a Logistics professional since 1988. His formal studies were in Logistics Management and Business Administration. He is experienced in Money and Value transport and a specialist in Animal Feed distribution logistics throughout Europe.

Martin is married, and a father of three children. 

Nijhof Wassink is a large family-owned business group, active as a logistics service provider and dealer of Volvo and Renault Trucks. Martin is responsible for the activities of Feed Logistics, the biggest privately owned logistics service provider in this field in Europe with more than 400 combinations in five countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Hungary) and 3 maintenance shops. 

Martin is also the CEO of FlowNxt, a strategic joint venture between DiLX (Gateway Group Company), an end-to-end logistics innovation partner for supply chain industry, and Nijhof Wassink, a company with a vast experience in the coordination of logistics processes. 

FlowNxt is a data platform that optimizes the collaboration between manufacturers and carriers in the mixed feed industry. The platform ensures a more efficient workflow through real-time insight into production and transport processes. FlowNxt uses advanced AI technologies to predict feed requirements & flows across the value chain.

Anshuman Agarwal – Co-Founder and COO – Increff – Business Excellence Award Session

Graduated from India’s premium institutes IIT Kharagpur and IIM Ahmedabad, Anshuman is a sports enthusiast and an innovator at heart. He has more than 17 years of work experience as a leader and a strategic decision-maker, working with top companies like ITC, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Inductis, SDG, Myntra, and Freshmenu. He is a specialist in fashion merchandise planning, distribution, warehousing, fulfillment, and risk analysis, and brings an interesting mix of operational, consultation, and business development expertise to his current role as a co-founder of one of India’s rapidly growing data and technology companies, Increff.
At Increff he helps global and national fashion brands, and retailers, improve inventory efficiency and experience a boost in revenues and margins, using intelligent merchandising and smart inventory planning technologies and tools.

Saahil Goel – CEO and CoFounder – Shiprocket – Business Excellence Award Session

Saahil Goel is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shiprocket, an AI powered Logistics Technology Platform. He is also fondly referred to as the de-facto CPO, given his passion for products, growth hacking and technology.
As a startup CEO, Saahil’s chief responsibilities include questioning everything that impacts the business, breaking existing barriers and practising and developing unconventional solutions from the ground up. Along with overall management of the company, he actively heads product strategy, user experience and growth initiatives.
An MBA and MS from the University of Pittsburgh (USA), Saahil started his career as a Business Analyst at Max Life Insurance. Before conceptualizing Shiprocket, Saahil was working as a Technology and Process Consultant for SDLC Partners (with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield). He was also a part of the founder’s teams of Kasper Consulting. Saahil has interned with Bayer and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. while pursuing MBA in the USA.
An avid fan of the ‘internet’, Saahil has a knack for coding and has built several websites since his school days. Saahil also has a keen interest in developing technology and product architecture for scale, using data and AI for solving complex problems and using intelligent automation for producing operational excellence in the products he builds.
With product innovation deeply embedded in his very business approach, Saahil’s vision for Shiprocket is to build delightful shipping experiences for shippers and consumers alike by using data, AI and automation and by collaboratively connecting existing logistics resources in the ecosystem and empowering connecting partners with data products and services. Shiprocket is focused on direct to consumer retailers who sell through Whatsapp, FB, Insta or through their own website. He envisions providing an Amazon-like shipping experience to the 1M+ online sellers (and their buyers) in India while giving them the advantages of low cost, fast shipping, low returns and a simple to use and automated platform.
Saahil loves to play the guitar and has been a part of music bands in his school & college days. He is also a traveler at heart and an adventure junkie of sorts with a passion for trekking. When he is not working, Saahil can be found reading or spending quality time with his son and daughter. He lives with his wife, a physical therapist turned full-time homemaker, his daughter and dog Bruno, whom he lovingly calls his CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of the company.

Desh Ramnath – Director Business Development – Dutch Greenhouse Delta – PIB Inauguration Session

Desh is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about sustainable honest impact. Next to running several companies and advising others, Desh is primary focused on learning about new business models, new technology and futuristic solutions. In order to do so, he has invested time in politics, startup ecosystems and cross sectoral collaborations.

This ambition has led him to start up HortiHeroes, a innovation acceleration platform in the food and flower industry, to be a mentor at UtrechtInc, a top 10 academic incubator globally, to be an advisor during the startup of Dutch GreenHouse Delta, where he now is the director of business development pushing the agenda for international impact through Dutch greenhouse technology in the field of food, water, health, energy and sustainability. Recently he has set up yet another successful company called Horizon11 which is involved in the futuristic city in Saudi Arabia and got on board of the new startup Nova Innova which has developed totally sustainable 100% green energy powered interactive lights systems.

Through his entrepreneurial endeavors Desh tries to contribute in changing the world to a more honest, clean, safe and sustainable one for people, animals and the planet while strengthening the economy. This ambition catapulted Desh as speaker at events like Campus Party. Company TED events, VIV Europe, HeroFestival, Utrecht University and many others. 

South American Swing – Live Performing during the Meet & Greet, the Break and the Networking Reception

The trio consists of singer Brechtje Kraan, guitarist Daniel de Moraes and percussionist Bart Fermie. The three found each other in their love for the Brazilian songs and rhythms.

After studying at the Theaterschool in Arnhem, Brechtje moved to Amsterdam with her lively and international jazz scene where she fell in love with the Brazilian music. She’s specialised in singing Bossa Nova and Samba and studied in Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro. 

Bart has studied Cuban and Brazilian percussion in New York, Havana and Amsterdam. He performed and recorded with hundreds of artists in Europe, Asia and the US. He’s currently teaching at the conservatoria of Amsterdam and Rotterdam and gives workshops in and outside the Netherlands. He’s also the creator of several new percussion instruments. Daniel was born in Uruguay and spent his childhood in Cuba. He grew up with the music of South America and came to the Netherlands to study jazz at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam.

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