NIBM 2023 – The Future of Work and The Impact on Cross-Border Commerce and Trade – 20 September 2023 – Amstelveen

It is our great pleasure to invite you for the Netherlands India Business Meet (NIBM) scheduled on Wednesday 20 September 2023 from 14.30-18.15 hrs (including  networking prior and post the program).
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 “The Future of Work and The Impact on Cross-Border Commerce and Trade”.

During our NIBM, the opportunities will be highlighted by high-level speakers from various perspectives, and you will gain insight into the relevant 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 Save the Date in your agenda:
Date:  Wednesday 20 September 2023
Time: 14.15-18.15 hrs, start of the programme at 15.00hrs
Venue: Amstelveen – KPMG Meijburg 

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

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 € 125,- excl. VAT per person.
(Please be advised that this contribution is non-refundable and shall be invoiced prior to the event).  

We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday 20 September 2023 in Amstelveen. 

Note:  If you are not currently a member of NICCT, now is a perfect time to become a NICCT-member – as you will not pay any entrance fee for this flagship event on top of all the other benefits that are included in your membership! Please feel free to approach us for all the details.

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Theme: The Future of Work and The Impact on Cross-Border Trade and Commerce
Date: Wednesday 20 September 2023
Location: KPMG Meijburg, Laan van Langerhuize 9, 1186 DS AMSTELVEEN
Time: 14.15-15.00 hrs registration and informal networking
15.00-18.15 hrs NIBM including networking and drinks

NIBM 2023
The COVID-19 pandemic brought risks, disruption and political and societal upheaval. It also unleashed a war for talent triggered by ‘the Great Resignation’. Structural transformation driven by technology and automation is generating new forms of employment. A key question that will define our way of life in years to come is: What will be the future of work, workers and workplaces? What impact will this have on business and trade?

Today we are experiencing fundamental changes in the way we work and will work in the near future. These imply huge challenges for organisations, for talent-acquisition and retention as well as how to redefine and manage challenges around human resources. – debate covers many aspects which the EU defines as follows:
• quality of jobs and employment
• social protection and next-generation manufacturing
• the intersection of health and employment, as well as the platform economy
• inclusive workplaces
• reskilling and upskilling
• human-machine collaboration: automation and ‘learning machines’ are replacing existing jobs and creating new ones, changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people.

The Netherlands is uniquely placed in the labour market with its international profile and large pool of knowledge workers. However the Netherlands will still need to address a number of challenges at an organisational, people and policy level to remain competitive and economically resilient. An ageing population, a lack of technology skills, a gap between education system and industry needs and a lack of education infrastructure to quickly re-skill people are just few of the challenges.

The Indian economy is on a high growth trajectory and is recognized as one of the fastest growing economies of the world. However, there are several challenges ahead as we talk about India’s growth story. Unemployment is rising and so is widening of income disparities coupled with job polarization (low-skilled and high-skilled workforce). The informal economy with the highest growth in jobs typically has no standard employment contracts or equality protections, poor health and safety conditions and no social protection. However India has a demographic profile with a large cache of employment-appropriate people. It has the potential to become the skilled labour pool of the world. This will need focused attention, policies and possibly collaboration with other countries.

As the world of work is changed fast, different skill-sets and higher qualifications are needed to compete in a keenly contested global labour market. Challenges posed by this new economic paradigm should be dealt with by economies all over the world, and this too will be a motor in successful trade and economic cross-border collaboration.

NIBM 2023 will address “The future of work and impact on cross-border trade and commerce” 

14.15-15.00 Registration
Informal networking with coffee and tea

15.00-15.30 Opening Session
15.00 Start Program
15.05-15.10 Welcome by Raymond Timmer – Partner, Head of Strategy & Operations KPMG
15.10-15.12 Welcome by Edith Nordmann – Chairman NICCT
15.12-15.30 In conversation with:
– H.E. Mrs. Reenat Sandhu – Ambassador of India to The Netherlands
– H.E. Mrs. Marisa Gerards – Ambassador of The Netherlands to India (online)

15.30-16.15 Business Perspectives

Work as we know it is undergoing a major transformation in three spheres:
a) the tasks being performed, b) the location from where work is delivered (including the remote working), and c) the composition of the workforce. As highlighted by a recent OECD report, the future of work presents exciting opportunities with the potential for automation to transform 14% of current jobs and create new ones. Additionally, with 32% of jobs having the potential for partial automation, it is a chance for workers to develop new skills and take on new roles, driving substantial progress and growth.

Two major trends are shaping today’s workplace: the digital and green transitions. As a result of these transformations, many jobs will disappear, many will not resemble what they used to, and many new occupations will emerge. These transformations create in particular mutual opportunities in de India – NL Corridor given the demographic trends, the tech-readiness of the Indian Workforce and the cultural fit between the two countries. Advances in AI, robotics, and automation will reduce the need for manual, repetitive, and basic cognitive skills, while increasing the demand for technological, social, emotional, and higher cognitive abilities. Similarly, the green transition will push for new products to be developed. This will require new skills, but changing product cycles will also create unexpected new skills demands, as manufacturers may focus more on prolonging the product life cycle by investing in repair networks, or efficient use of resources by smarter planning.


– Martijn Tasma – Director Global Forwarding – Broekman Logistics
– Dirk Stroes – Partner People Advisory Services – EY
– Vipin Moharir – GCSO – GenZ Enthusiast – Gateway Group
– Naresh Narang – Associate Vice President – HCLTech
– Waseem Alkhateeb – Partner KPMG – HR Transformation
– Narmadha Kamalakannan – Head HR Talent Development – TCS

16.15-16.35 In Conversation with
Jan Nieuweboer – Organisational Development Expert – Rabobank

16.35-16.45 Milou Halbesma – Director – Museum Rembrandthuis & Abul Hisham (artist)

16.45-17.00 NICCT Nominee Session
16.45-16.53 Nominees

-Seshadri Vangala (IFIN)
-Sander Schutte (Mapiq)
-Jules Shertser (Twindo)

16.53-16.55 Voting
16.55-17.00 Award

17.00-17.05 Wrap up

17.05-18.15 Informal networking with drinks and snacks

Our confirmed speakers this year are:

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.

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.

Raymond Timmer – Senior Partner and Head of Strategy & Operations Advisory – KPMG The Netherlands (opening session)

Raymond Timmer has over 20 years experience in financial and strategic consulting at KPMG focusing on M&A, Growth and restructuring. He has worked on over 350 projects since joining KPMG in 2000. His project experience includes commercial due diligence, growth/expansion strategy, restructuring/turn-around, financial due diligence and business plan development/vendor assist.

Raymond Timmer started at financial due diligence and was part of the team that set up strategy within KPMG NL. Until 2012 he worked in the capacity as Advisory Lead at the India Desk.  Between 2012-2016 he established the Turkish strategy team and came back to re-lead the Dutch Deal Strategy team in 2016. Currently he leads Strategy & Operations which includes specialised industry teams such as Healthcare, Financial Services and Public Sector as well as functional centres of excellence, such as People & Change, Customer & Brand Strategy and Deal Strategy.

Martijn Tasma – Board Member – Director Global Forwarding – Broekman Logistics (Business Perspectives Session)

Martijn Tasma is Board Member and Director International Freight Forwarding at Broekman Logistics. He has over 25 years’ experience in international freight forwarding and helping customers to overcome logistics challenges in their global supply chains, in which he worked for large logistics companies such as Maersk, Geodis and Samskip.

In the period 2015-2018 Martijn has worked in India with P&L responsibility for Geodis with 18 branches, in which the operational, sales and HR processes were reformed, and good success were reached in the fields of customer experience, delivering a stronger value proposition, talent development and increasing the visibility of results in India globally. Over the years he has developed knowledge on cultural management, project management and application of different leadership styles for people from different backgrounds.

Due to the growth of the global economy and increasing globalization, the logistics sector is becoming increasingly important. Companies want to be able to rely on a leading partner with a strong, global network. Our knowledge and experience allow us to offer the right solutions for all your complex logistics challenges.

Broekman Logistics strives to be a full-fledged logistics partner with a global reach by creating sustainable value in the network with a personal touch. 

Dirk Stroes – Partner People Advisory Services – EY (Business Perspectives Session)

Dirk Stroes is Partner in EY’s People Advisory Services. He has over 20 years’ experience helping global organizations in delivering their large scale transformations and designing and implementing their business and people change processes. Furthermore, Dirk supported many organizations in optimizing their HR function, from strategy design to process and technology implementation. With a focus on the sectors Consumer Products & Retail and Technology and Telecommunications, Dirk has spent a large part of his career abroad, both in Europe and APAC.
Where employee experience, the employee value proposition and future of work have always surfaced, the last few years, Dirk and his team helped quite a few organizations to shape their strategy regarding the form and shape of work. New ways of working, rapidly changing talent preferences, the growing role of technology and their impact on team performance, culture and Leadership are themes which Dirk covers with his clients.

Vipin Moharir – GCSO – GenZ Enthusiast – Gateway Group (Business Perspectives Session) 

Vipin in co-founder of the Gateway Corp. In his role as Group CSO and CEO Europe, he is responsible for Strategy, Execution and Results at the Gateway Corp. 

Vipin is responsible for organic growth of critical segments and also serves as strategic advisory for global inorganic initiatives (Buy & Build) of the Gateway Corp. 

With a unique blend of Indian background, combined with Dutch/International exposure, he has evolved into a serial entrepreneur at ‘heart and soul’. Vipin had worked in the USA and the UK with multinationals prior to undertaking his own entrepreneurial adventure. 

Vipin is an ‘Innovation Agent’ with over twenty-five years of managerial and consulting experience. As an innovative business strategist with experience in consultancy-led business growth, product & business development, Vipin has (co-) founded several start-up’s in IT & other sectors. Vipin is known for his hands-on approach for business acceleration and innovation for start-ups, scale-ups mid-corporate enterprises globally. Vipin has built and managed internationally diverse teams and business units globally. 

Having a diverse experience of working across multiple sectors, Vipin is in a unique position to provide Thought Leadership on the impact of technology driving the business. He is of the firm belief that the Next-Gen technologies will act as a force-multiplier in revolutionizing mature industries. 

He appears frequently in the media and regularly speaks at events. Vipin was involved in the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade as an active board member (8 years) and as  chairman NICCT (2015-2017). 

He has a Bachelor’s Degree  in Computer Sciences Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. 

Vipin believes fervently that “There is no substitute for hard work”. 

Naresh Narang – Associate Vice President – HCLTech (Business Perspectives Session) 

Dynamic Leader | Strategic Client Relations | Business Development

Naresh is a seasoned IT professional with a remarkable track record spanning over two decades. He has seamlessly navigated the intricate intersection of business and technology, delivering excellence in every role he has undertaken.

Naresh currently serves as a strategic linchpin, driving constructive relationships with key clients in the Financial Services sector on a global scale. His ability to understand the pulse of the industry and translate it into actionable strategies has been instrumental in fostering long-term partnerships.

Prior to this pivotal role, Naresh assumed the mantle of Head of Sales for HCL Africa. In this capacity, he expertly managed a diverse portfolio spanning multiple industry verticals and service lines. His visionary leadership was a catalyst for growth and innovation.

Naresh has a penchant for innovation, He played a pivotal role in incubating new business ventures and emerging technology initiatives, keeping his organizations at the forefront of digital transformation.

Waseem Alkhateeb – Partner HR Transformation – KPMG (Business Perspectives Session)

Narmadha Kamalakannan – Head of HR Talent Development – Tata Consultancy Services Europe (Business Perspectives Session)

Narmadha is the Head of HR Talent Development at TCS Europe. TCS is a global organization which is part of the TATA group. She is handling L&D in Europe for 140+ nationalities and 18000 employees based out of 22 countries. In the HR L&D world, she has played multiple avatars which makes her a veteran in the field. The avatars include leadership coach, content creator, L&D regional leader and in current role as geography Talent Development head at TCS Europe.

She is Certified in GSDC topics and DISC behavioral theory. Learning is a life-long process – bringing that learning experience meaningfully to employees, with business growth and customer satisfaction is something she is passionate about.

Currently intrigued on the richness of cultural diversity in Europe, she is researching on how learning style and approaches are influenced by culture and history. The reflections are published as podcasts and articles.

Beyond her professional profile : 
She is not just a dreamer but someone who works to make those dreams come true.

  1. Author of 2 globally published books  (GET READY LADY, a book on work life balance for women joining work after a break in career and GET READY MY LOVE, a book that helps couple nourish the beauty inside imperfections) 
    2. Blogger & publisher of (children)young blogger’s book “The Bud”
    3. Former Radio Jockey at FM Rainbow 101.4 Chennai
    4. Speaker on positivity, resilience, women empowerment, MC of Paristalks2023
    5. Dancer 
    6. Influencer of brands via #sareegama , my fashion series, experimenting saree styles for global adoption

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Drs. Jan Nieuweboer MsC – Organisation Development Expert – Rabobank (Session in Conversation with)

Jan Nieuweboer is Rabobank’s spokesman on the Future of Work. As a senior adviser to the Management Board he researches trends in work and translates this into strategy for the bank, its partners, and clients. Jan Nieuweboer is working at the HR People Data, Innovation, and Strategy team, providing him access to internal and external data to investigate patterns and trends. This combination positioned him in a unique position to help guide Rabobank into a new hybrid way of working, for which he is also the spokesperson at Rabobank.

Jan Nieuweboer started his career as a change management consultant for Accenture in the mid 1990’s, followed by a position as project manager at the Dutch Tax Administration. After a number of years being self-employed as a trainer and educational technology consultant he came on board at Rabobank in 2010. As  a board member for the Rabobank Academy he was in charge of L&D innovation. With a lifelong interest in the effects of technology on people, he gradually transitioned into a role of senior adviser on the future of work.

Jan is a highly regarded speaker on the Future of Work, hybrid working, and the application of people data in organizations. Recently Jan was part of the organization of the Palace Session on the Future of Work, initiated by her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

Milou Halbesma – Director – Museum Rembrandthuis

Milou Halbesma has been director of Museum Rembrandthuis since June 1, 2022 and was responsible for the renovation of the museum. Halbesma studied Economics at the Vrije Universiteit and completed the Museum Leadership Program at the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles. Milou has extensive museum experience; she previously worked at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and was Director of Public Affairs at the Van Gogh Museum.

Abul Hisham – artist

My body of work explores profound notions of desire, power, ritual, and memory, all intricately intertwined with the social and cultural spaces I inhabit. As an artist, I am deeply concerned about my role as an observer within these contexts. My motivation stems from the ever-evolving socio-political cultural climate and personal narratives that inspire and shape my creative journey. To illuminate these concepts, I occasionally employ personal mythology as a potent tool for introspection and revelation.

Drawing inspiration from a rich tapestry of sources, including cinema and pop culture, art history, mythology, and religion, my works become a multi-layered exploration of meaning and symbolism. I take pleasure in allowing viewers to unravel numerous metaphors and symbols for themselves, be they mythological, religious, political, media-driven, or deeply personal.

Seshadri Vangala – IFIN – (award nominee session)

IFINGlobal Group is an innovative fastest growing  multi award winning Global Workforce,IT Consulting and Innovation acceleration firm  recognized by FORBES,FORTUNE,ET and ZEE with offices across USA,UK,EU APAC India  backed by stellar team of whos who Advisory,SME leveraging our own proprietary   technology platform. 


Sander Schutte – CEO – Mapiq (award nominee session)

The pandemic has transformed the way we work in an unprecedented way. Pre-pandemic, the default workplace was at the office. Now, the way we collaborate, and where we work has changed forever. Companies are searching for the new workplace strategies and looking for data to optimize their real estate portfolio. McKinsey estimates a reduction of 20-30% in the upcoming years. Not only for financial savings, but also to reduce environmental impact.

Mapiq is a workplace experience platform that helps companies turn their workplace strategies into reality and continuously improves them based on data since 2013. Used by companies such as Microsoft, PwC, Danon, Heineken, and, Mapiq enables workplace leaders to manage and optimize their facilities purposefully while creating an engaging and collaborative workplace experience for their employees.

Revolutionary about the AI powered Mapiq platform is that it provides a virtual assistant to every employee that helps to orchestrate office days with the right people, and automatically arranges the right type of space. The whole employee journey,  from the commute, parking, meeting rooms, lunch and going back home is thought out and supported.  Workplace leaders are provided with deep insights about space usage, environmental impact and avenues to make decisions with the biggest impact; Rightsizing real-estate while improving employee experience.

India is an extremely interesting growth market for Mapiq. Where companies in the Netherlands, for example, develop a building once every 10 years, in India they develop new campuses in some cases comprising over 50 buildings. India has ‘leapfrogged’ many technological developments of more developed countries and is on the verge of doing the same with workplaces. Mapiq wants to be at the forefront of this.

Jules Shertser – Co-Founder & CEO – Twindo

  • 98% of large scale renewable energy projects go over time and cost budget by at least 30%, which is currently an average of €840m per project.
  • Twindo increases the speed and reliability of constructing and maintaining renewable energy assets, making ambitious 2030 targets increasingly feasible and providing reductions in project delays of up to 15%.
  • This does not reduce the amount of available projects/work for employees, but rather makes their job easier to perform and secures safety in employment within a  more bouyant, profitable market.
  • How do we do it? By solving people problems. Using a suite of smart tools that improve planning, management and reporting of projects, then overlaying 5 algorithms that identify the dependent factors on successful jobs and tasks, within these projects, for example: weather, manpower and resource needs. Twindo’s 5 prediction models, together coined, “Hasma prediction engine” also known as “abhaya” in Hindu, provide project managers and planners alerts and predictions on the outcomes of future jobs and tasks, giving recommendations on reactive planning and more appropriate jobs and tasks, making the project more successful and reducing delays, costs and emissions.

Please find below the confimed participants (updated 19.9.2023)

Participants NIBM 2023 (updated 19.9.2023)

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