NICCT Online New Year’s Reception – 27 January 2022

We like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a healthy happy & prosperous 2022!
We are delighted to invite you to our annual New Year’s Reception which will take place on Thursday 27th of January 2022 from 16.00hrs to 17.00 hrs CET in an online environment.

Please save the date in your agenda. Check the detailed program below.  

As a registration of your participation is mandatory, we look forward to receiving your confirmation as quickly as possible via:
The first 30 NICCT members who register before 20th of January 2022, will receive a small festive surprise by postal mail. 

In case you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 088-9909100 we will be happy to assist you. 

As always the NICCT greatly values your support and presence within the Indo-Dutch business corridor and we look forward welcoming you at the New Year’s Reception on Thursday 27th of January 2022

The NICCT New Year’s Reception will take place on Thursday 27th of January 2022, from 16.00-17.00 hrs CET (20.30-21.30 hrs IST). 

Moderated by:  Edith Nordmann – Chairman NICCT
15.45-16.00 hrs Online Registration, Meet & Greet 
16.00-16.45 hrs Welcome & Address by Distinguished Speakers:

– Edith Nordmann – Chairman NICCT

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

-H.E. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rawat – Ambassador of the Republic India to The Netherlands

-Mr. Jelke Schippers – CEO SmartShore

– Mr. Suneet Khanna – Client Partner Fractal

16.45-16.50 hrs Vote of Thanks & Toast on the New Year by Edith Nordmann
16.50-17.00 hrs  Online Networking

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

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. 

H.E. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rawat – Ambassador of India to the Netherlands

Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rawat is the Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He is also the Permanent Representative of India to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and responsible for India’s relations with the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and other legal institutions in The Hague.

Ambassador Rawat joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1990. He opted to learn Mandarin Chinese as his foreign language and served in Hong Kong and Beijing between 1992 and 1997. He returned to Delhi in 1997 and served in East Asia Division for over 3 years. He then served as First Secretary in Indian Mission in Mauritius.

He started his second tenure in Beijing in 2003 as Counsellor and ended in 2007 as Deputy Chief of Mission.

Ambassador Rawat returned to the Ministry of External Affairs and worked as Director (East Asia) in East Asia Division between 2007 and 2009 and thereafter he was on deputation to South Asian University for 10 months. He then served as Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi from 2014 to 2017.

Ambassador Rawat served as Ambassador of India to Indonesia and Timor-Leste from September 2017-December 2020.

He speaks fluent Chinese.

He is married to Ms. Shruti, and they have two daughters.

Edith Nordmann – Chairman NICCT & Managing Partner ACG International 

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. 

Jelke Schippers – CEO Smartshore 

Jelke Schippers is the CEO of Smartshore, an international software development company with offices in The Netherlands and India. This global team delivers high-quality custom-made software applications for European clients. Having founded both the Dutch and Indian companies, he has a wealth of experience as an IT entrepreneur growing successful international teams. Next to his position as CEO of Smartshore, he is also a board member at the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade (NICCT).

Jelke Schippers got his BSc degree in Industrial Design at Eindhoven Technical University and earned an MSc degree in Management at Nyenrode Business University. Before founding Smartshore, Jelke successfully built two other businesses in product design and internet services.

Suneet Khanna – Client Partner Fractal

Suneet is a Client Partner at Fractal, leading partnership with a HealthTech and Consumer Goods major. He has over 18 years of experience in account management, management consulting, and decision sciences consulting across the US, Japan, APAC, and Europe.

He has consulted clients in the TMT and retail sectors and driven multi-million dollar per annum gains from digitalization in customer-facing and operations functions. He has worked with McKinsey and Co., REC, and Mu Sigma. He focuses on making analytics/ data science consumable, by bridging the analytics-business value chains with problem structuring, design thinking, experimentation, and cross-functional collaboration.

He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelors from University of Pune, India. While raised in Delhi (India), he’s lived the past 15 years across Tokyo, Singapore, Seattle, Bangalore and just moved to Eindhoven – proudly having multiple ‘hometowns’!

His family includes his wife, Neha, a baker and their 13-years old son, Aditya.

In case you wish to look back or in case you missed the new year’s reception, please click here to view the whole program: 

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