40th Anniversary Seminar: ‘The Circular Economy:
‘How do Dutch and Chinese companies get ready?’,
Cocktail Reception & Dinner



The Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels,
Invest HK, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Huawei and Loyens & Loeff 

had the pleasure to host

the annual mid-summer seminar, cocktail reception and dinner

on Friday 29th June in the Marriott Hotel in The Hague.


Have a look at the photo album of the event here!

Programme in short 
14:00 - 17:00Free 2 topic Seminar - Click here to register now!

1. The Circular Economy: How do Dutch and Chinese companies get ready?;
2. China’s Greater Bay Initiative; birth of a new economic power
17:00 - 18:00 Cocktail Reception
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner

14:30 – 17:00

A 2 topic Seminar was organised:

1. The Circular Economy: How do Dutch and Chinese companies get ready?;
2. China’s Greater Bay Initiative; birth of a new economic power

More then 120 guests registered.

Speakers were:

Ms. Fiona ChauDeputy Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, HKETO, Brussels
Mr. Yi LangSenior Manager, Change Management & Process and Quality, Huawei WEU Region
Mr. Ivan ChristiaensGeneral Manager, Keppel Seghers
Ms. Boukje KochFounder and Director, Orange Creatives/Ask4Me Group Ltd.
Mr. Max OosterhuisAttorney at law and Head of Loyens & Loeff Energy Team, Loyens & Loeff
Mr. Hans PoulisChairman, Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association
CEO, IGC International
Mr. Peter PronkFounder and CEO, 1421 Consulting Group
Ms. Claire TeurlingsCo-founder, Circular IQ

For more information on the speakers, click here!

The available presentations of the speakers are:

Presentation 29062018 Fiona Chau HKETO

Presentation 29062018 Peter Pronk 1421

Presentation 29062018 Ivan Christiaens Keppel Seghers

Presentation 29062018 Claire Teurlings Circular Iq

Presentation 29062018 Max Oosterhuis Loyens Loeff

Presentation 29062018 Boukje Koch Orange Creatives

Experiences of companies
The line up of speakers from the Netherlands, China and Hong Kong at the free seminar, will speak about the way their company is changing so that it can meet the demands of the Circular Economy and what China’s “Greater Bay Initiative” is and will mean for the world.

In a circular economy, waste generation is minimised, and the value of products, materials and resources is maintained for as long as possible. It’s a new economic model that offers tremendous opportunities. It helps save natural resources, combats climate change, makes production, consumption and waste management more sustainable, and it creates green, local jobs.

With the Greater Bay Area in China, comprising Hong Kong, Macau and cities in Guangdong Province, a region is created with an economic importance that can be compared with the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater New York and the Greater Tokyo Area.


For more background information on the two topics click: The Circular Economy and The Greater Bay Initiative.


14:00 hrsRegistration
14:30 hrsOpening Seminar by Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman, NHKBA
14:35 hrsWord of welcome by Ms. Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, HKETO, Brussels
14:45 hrsModerator: Mr. Ronnie Overgoor

- Mr. Peter Pronk, Founder and CEO, 1421 Consulting Group
Topic:“ Greater Bay Area, Opportunity or Threat?”

- Mr. Bertus Tulleners, Partner, TheRockGroup

- Mr. Ivan Christiaens, General Manager, Keppel Seghers
Topic:''Hong Kong’s First Integrated Waste Management Facility''

- Mr. Max Oosterhuis, Attorney at law and Head of Loyens & Loeff Energy Team, Loyens & Loeff
Topic:''North Sea Future Source of Circular Energy Supply''

- Mr. Steven Cai, CEO, Huawai Netherlands

- Ms. Claire Teurlings, Co-founder, Circular IQ
Topic:''The Need for Data in a Circular Economy''

- Ms. Boukje Koch, Founder and Director, Orange Creatives/Ask4Me Group Ltd.

17:00 hrsCocktail Reception


17:00 – 18:00

Cocktail Reception with Lucky Draw

Grand Prize:

We were pleased the crew of team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag Hong Kong  joined us to attend the reception and  dinner. 

For the first time Hong Kong is proudly taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 with team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag Hong Kong. Dutch female sailor Annemieke Bes is part of the team.

If you would like to know more about the experience of Sun Hung Kai Scallywag Hong Kong crew, be sure to attend the reception.

And after.. We celebrated our 40th Anniversary with a Dinner!

18:00 – 20:00


Any business(wo)man who has been in Hong Kong or China can tell you how important it is to enjoy a dinner with your business relations to build up relationships that will benefit all.

A Delicious dinner buffet in BBQ style with an Asian Touch will be served in the Private Garden of the Marriott Hotel.

Special guests include

  • Ms. Annemieke Bes and other crew members of Team SHK Scallywag HK. Participant in Volvo Ocean Race.
  • Ms. Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union
  • Mr.  Zhang, Counsellor of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (tbc)
  • Mr. William Chui, Regional Director Europe, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Mr. Jochum Haakma, Chairman of the EU China Business Council and Chairman of the Netherlands China Business Council.

They joined NHKBA Chairman Hans Poulis,  the members and sponsors of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association to celebrate the establishment of the NHKBA in May 1987, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China on 1 July 1997, and the Finish of the Volvo Ocean Race in Scheveningen.

The Volvo Ocean Race – Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag

For the first time, Hong Kong is proudly taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race, with Team Sung Hung Kai Scallywag. Hong Kong.  Dutch sailor Annemieke Bes is part of the team. In the last leg team member John Fisher was lost at sea. In John’s honour and memory, the team has decided to pursue the race that finished in The Hague last weekend. We have great respect for the team for making such a courageous decision.

Team Sung Hung Kai Scallywag Hong Kong joined the cocktail reception and dinner of our event.

Annual General Meeting

Dear member of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association (Vereniging Nederland-Hong Kong),

The Board of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association has the pleasure to invite you to attend the 40th Annual General Meeting of the Association on Wednesday 30th May 2018, in the VIP room on the 3rd floor of Sea Palace Restaurant, Oosterdokskade 8, Amsterdam.

The registration will open at 15:00 hrs. The AGM will start at 15:30 hrs and is expected to end around 17:00 hrs.
Afterwards from 17:00 until 18:00 cocktails will be served

Please join the AGM if you can, to participate in the discussion about the plans for the Association and its goals in 2018 and beyond.

The registration form has been sent to you by email. If you did not receive this email but do want to register, please send us an email on

Click here to register!

NHKBA members visit VanderVen Oriental Art in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Members of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association and their guests visited the beautiful gallery of Vanderven Oriental Art in ‘s-Hertogenbosch on Thursday 3rd May. Owner Floris van der Ven gave a fascinating speech about the “Art of dealing in Chinese Antiques” and appraised objects that were brought by the participants. You can find more information about Vanderven on their website:

Members Only Meeting: “The Art of Dealing in Chinese Antiques”

Vanderven Oriental Art | ’s Hertogenbosch

NHKBA member Floris van der Ven, director of Vanderven Oriental Art, invites you for a “members only meeting” in his gallery in the centre of ‘s Hertogenbosch.

About Vanderven Oriental Art

Vanderven Oriental Art was founded on the auspicious day 8 -8-1968 by Clemens van der Ven and his sister Bea. Starting out as a general antiques shop, their drive, passion and eye for beautiful objects quickly earned them a loyal client base and excellent reputation. In the subsequent years, they became so enthusiastic about Chinese art, that they decided to focus on this area. Now, after nearly 50 years in the business, Vanderven Oriental Art is considered one of the world’s leading international dealers in this specialist field.

Vanderven Oriental Art is one of the founding exhibitors of the most important art and antiques fairs in the world, the TEFAF. They participate in the TEFAF events in both Maastricht and New York. In addition, Vanderven Oriental Art annually joins the “Fine Art Asia” fair in Hong Kong as well. The objects they sell nowadays are often from Western collections that were built up over many years.

Members Only Meeting

During the meeting, Floris van der Ven will talk about how the trade in Asian antiques and especially in Chinese antiques has changed over the years and how he and his team have reacted to the changes and remained a world leader.
A story of passion, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit.

This meeting is intended for all NHKBA members and their guests who appreciate Asian antiques as well as for collectors of these antiques.

If participants in the meeting are interested, we can organise an informal dinner in a nearby restaurant following the meeting.

Fotografische reis ‘Dwars door China’ van Ruben Terlou in Museum Hilversum

Nieuwe tentoonstelling doorbreekt het clichébeeld van China

Van 31 maart tot en met 27 mei staat Museum Hilversum volledig in het teken van het nieuwste werk van de prijswinnende documentair fotograaf Ruben Terlou. Met zijn tentoonstelling Dwars door China brengt Terlou het hedendaagse China in beeld. Hij laat zien hoe de Chinezen zich wapenen tegen het verlies dat de modernisering brengt en hoe zij meegaan met de geboden kansen. Tegelijkertijd zijn in de projectzaal van het museum ook de video’s De Massage is het Medium en Een Oproep van de Chinese kunstenaar Yin Aiwen te zien.

© fotograaf: Ruben Terlou

Het China van nu
China kent naast futuristische miljoenensteden ook bijzonder historisch erfgoed en eeuwenoude tradities. Een land met veel vergezichten en culturen, maar ook een land, dat snel verandert. Terlou die onlangs nog veel lof oogstte met zijn tv-documentaireserie Door het hart van China legde het land ook met zijn fotocamera vast. Door het hart van China trok maar liefst 1,5 miljoen kijkers per aflevering evenals zijn eerdere serie Langs de Oevers van de Yangtze . Voor Langs de Oevers van de Yangtze won Terlou de Prijs voor de Vernieuwende Fotojournalistiek van de Canon Zilveren Camera 2016. Over zijn nieuwste werk zegt Terlou: ‘Ik wil in de tentoonstelling Dwars door China, met beelden waarin de mens centraal staat, een indruk geven van de ontwikkelingen in het China van nu’.

Terlou benadert China op een persoonlijke manier, hij spreekt de Chinese taal en is nieuwsgierig naar wat de Chinezen denken, voelen en beleven. Zijn artistieke talent schuilt in zijn vermogen door te dringen tot de kern. ´Hij heeft een eigen stijl van fotograferen´, aldus museumdirecteur Stef van Breugel. ´Hij zoekt in zijn fotografie naar tableaus van mensen en landschappen die zijn te vergelijken met filmscenes. Soms als in een schouwspel om ons de ontwikkeling te laten zien en andere keer brengt hij zijn camera dicht bij de mensen.’ Hij doorbreekt in de tentoonstelling het clichébeeld dat wij doorgaans van China hebben. Het oordelen over de vooruitgang van het moderne China of de prijs die men daarvoor betaalt, laat hij over aan het publiek.

© fotograaf Joost van Herwijnen

Chinese videokunst
Naast de tentoonstelling Dwars door China, zijn er ook twee video-installaties van de Chinese kunstenaar Yin Aiwen 殷艾雯 te zien. De Massage is het Medium (按摩即媒介 The Massage is the Medium). De Canadese professor en filosoof Marshall McLuhan beweerde ‘het medium is de massage’. Als verlengstukken van de mens troost het medium je, het overtuigt je, manipuleert je, beheerst je. De situatie is nu omgedraaid – in de ban van het medium is de mens het verlengde van de machine geworden. De massage is het medium nodigt je uit voor een omgekeerde ervaring.

De indrukwekkende korte film Een Oproep (呼叫中心 A Call) van is een brief aan een onmogelijke liefde. Het stelt vragen over onze huidige worstelingen met de liefde en probeert een ‘oplossing’ te geven.


De tentoonstelling is een samenwerking tussen Museum Hilversum, Sony, VPRO en CinemAsia.

Locatie en openingstijden

Locatie: Museum Hilversum, Kerkbrink 6 in Hilversum
Openingstijden: elke dag van 11:00 tot 17:00 uur, met uitzondering van 1e Paasdag (op 1 april open van 12:00-16:00)
Gesloten op: Koningsdag (27 april) en 1e Pinksterdag (20 mei)
Prijzen: Volwassene € 6,00 | Kind tot 11 jaar gratis | 12-18 jaar  € 3,30 | Senior 65+ € 5,00 | CJP/CKV € 3,30 | Museumkaart gratis

Voor meer informatie, ga naar en

Noot voor de redactie

Neem voor meer informatie contact op met: Giovanna Chen,, +31(0)6-81420900

Ruben Terlou studeerde Mandarijn in China en Geneeskunde aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA). Voor, tijdens en na zijn studie was hij actief als fotograaf in met name China en Afghanistan. Hij won met zijn series diverse prijzen bij de Zilveren Camera en in 2016 mocht hij de Prijs voor de Vernieuwende Fotojournalistiek in ontvangst nemen. Sinds 2016 is Terlou bestuurslid van CinemAsia

Yin Aiwen is een ontwerper, schrijfster, filmmaker en conservator. Vanuit haar werk, houdt zij zich bezig met hoe de technologie en de politiek ontwerpen beïnvloeden, die leiden tot nieuwe manieren om onze sociale omgeving en privéleven vorm te geven. Ze behaalde in 2013 haar Master Design aan het Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam en haar Bachelor aan de Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. Daarna was zij onderzoeker aan het Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture en Design in Moskou en The Recalibrated Institute in Zuid Florida. Sinds 2015 geeft zij gastcolleges op het Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.

Museum Hilversum programmeert in het hart van de Mediastad, een gevarieerd programma vol mediakunst- en cultuur. Het is een levendige plek voor inspiratie en ontmoeting met optredens, lezingen, rondleidingen en medialabs voor alle leeftijden.

CinemAsia is een filmfestival dat het Nederlandse publiek en de Nederlandse culturele sector een breed beeld geeft van het hedendaagse Azië, met zowel nieuwe films die grote populariteit in Azië genieten als films met een sterke artistieke visie. Naast cultuur en entertainment biedt CinemAsia een creatief platform om de zichtbaarheid van Aziatische mediamakers te bevorderen en culturele uitwisselingen tussen Nederland en Azië te stimuleren.

First direct train between Amsterdam and the east coast of China

This is an invitation to see the first direct train between the port of Amsterdam to Yiwu, China depart.


A historic connection will be settled next week between The Netherlands and China. The first ever direct container train departs on Wednesday the 7th of March from the port of Amsterdam to Yiwu, a city at the east coast of China. This train travels 11,000 kilometers in 16 days, offering a fast, cheap and environmentally friendly transport alternative between The Netherlands and China. Thanks to this new train connection, the Netherlands is connected to the One Belt, One Road program, a reintroduction of the legendary Silk Road, which for centuries was the most important transit port between Europe and Asia.

The new train connection is an initiative of NUNNER Logistics. This logistics service provider noticed the increasing demand for goods transportation from and to China. The need for this new kind of transportation increases now that cargo ships sail slower in order to save fuel. Transport by train is a faster alternative compared to sea transportation, and the costs are much lower compared to transport by airplane.

NUNNER Logistics primarily expects to transport products from China to the Netherlands, but because of the improving Asian economy, the demand for Dutch products in China is rapidly increasing. Electronics, automotive, beer, babyfood and luxury textile goods in particular are Dutch product groups that rapidly gain popularity in China.

For the train connection, NUNNER Logistics cooperates with Rail Cargo Group, TMA Logistics and Port of Amsterdam. The new connection is part of the One Belt, One Road program, an initiative to improve the connection between the Asian countries with the rest of the world. The title of the program refers to the old Silk Road, which origins its name from the lucrative silk that runs along the entire length of the route for ages. More than sixty countries are involved in the program, which includes a new route over the water alongside the rail link.


11:00 – 11:30 – TMA Terminal Reception
11:30 – 13:00 – Content program / speakers
13:00 – 13:20 – Ceremonial Departure including a Chinese Lion Dance
13:20 – 15:00 – Asian Lunch


Please send an email to for more information and/or to register for the event

Exhibition Lines in Motion, Dance Performance Beyond Dots (2)

Lines in Motion- East Meets West
is a calligraphy exhibition including artists from Hong Kong, Chengdu and the Netherlands. As part of the exhibition HKNLversation will produce two nights of dance programming entitled BEYOND DOTS, to bring the life-world of the Chinese paintings and calligraphy closer to the audience.

2 March: 19.30 hrs (doors open at 19.00 hrs) 
– AIR of Jort Faber, performed by Dio Semerel
– LOSS.T by Regilio Sedoc & Marloes van Houten
– FORGE by Robin van Zutphen with live piano

For more information, click here.

Exhibition Lines in Motion, Dance Performance Beyond Dots (1)

Lines in Motion- East Meets West
is a calligraphy exhibition including artists from Hong Kong, Chengdu and the Netherlands. As part of the exhibition HKNLversation will produce two nights of dance programming entitled BEYOND DOTS, to bring the life-world of the Chinese paintings and calligraphy closer to the audience.

23 February, 19:30 hrs (doors open at 19:00 hrs)

  • ON GOING MOMENTS by Ruochen wang (Scapino Ballet)
  • DEEP FALL PUPPET by Marloes van Houten & Rosa Allessie
  • LOSS.T by Regilio Sedoc (AYA) & Marloes van Houten

For more information click here.

Chinese New Year Dinner 2018 – 40th Anniversary!


With this traditional wish we will greet you when we meet to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dog, during our Chinese New Year Dinner on Friday 16th of February 2018.
The dinner, which will mark the start of the celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of the NHKBA,  will once again be held at the Chinese Restaurant “Sea Palace”, Oosterdokskade 8, 1011 AE Amsterdam.


140 (!) members and guests have registered to date! 


18:30 hrs Cocktails
19:00 hrs Dinner

Individual Member                                             € 60 per person*

Member of / VNC / NCBC          € 68 per person*
Individual Non-Member                                  €75 per person*
Corporate Table                                                  €888 per table of 10 guests*
*Aperitif/Wine/beer, tea, coffee and soft drinks included.

Corporate Tables Have already been booked by:

Golden River Restaurant in Laren

Jardine Matheson Europe BV


Dumilco International BV

Aerolift Industrials BV

Lucky Draw

A Lucky Draw with fantastic prizes will be held during the dinner.

All members and guests who book individual will receive 1 free lucky draw ticket. Guests at corporate tables will receive 2 free lucky draw tickets per person.
The package for corporate tables also includes the use of the logo or name of the company sponsoring the table on the menu, the correspondence and on our website.

Additional Lucky Draw tickets can be purchased during the dinner at € 5 each.

Requestit would be greatly appreciated if you can donate one or more prizes for the Lucky Draw. Sponsors will be mentioned by name and sponsor logos will be shown on a tv screen when the prizes are drawn and the sponsor logos and names will be printed on the menu. Additionally, the names and logos of sponsors will be shown on the website of the NHKBA.

Please contact Ms. Maaike Abels on ( if you would like to submit a prize or donation.

The sponsors of the Lucky Draw 2018 up to date:


You can register for Individual Seats by clicking here
and for a Corporate Table by clicking here.

If you yourself are unable to attend, please inform colleagues who may be interested so that they can join.

Upon receipt of your registration, a confirmation including information regarding parking facilities and an invoice will be sent to you.

Please note: In case of cancellation, entry-fees will only be refunded if the cancellation reaches the secretariat by mail not later than Monday 12th February 2018

Photo Gallery of the CNY Diner 2018

Click here to see this year’s photos.