Date: 2nd July
Attend the Seminar and Reception Free of Charge!
Update: Speaker from MVRDV – well known for designing a.o. the Markthal in Rotterdam and the Tianjin Binhai Library – will join seminar!
Our annual Seminar, Cocktail and Dinner will be held at the Mainport Hotel by Inntel in the heart of Rotterdam on Tuesday 2nd July.
Seminar theme: The Greater Bay Initiative: a rival to Silicon Valley and Wall Street?
The goal of the Greater Bay Area initiative is to build a world-class city cluster across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau region. By 2030, the region is expected to play a leading role in advanced manufacturing, innovation, shipping, trade and finance, not only in China, but in the world.
The line-up of speakers will give the participants insights in the current developments, innovations and opportunities for Dutch businesses in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area
14:00 hrs Registration, Coffee and Tea
14:30 hrs Seminar Session 1
15:45 hrs Break
16:05 hrs Seminar Session 2
17:30 hrs Cocktail Reception
18:30 hrs Dinner
21:30 hrs End of Dinner
Mr. Andries Hendriksen
Advisor and Investor
Former resident of Hong Kong | Banker
Line up of confirmed speakers:
Mr. Nicholas Kwan
Director of Research
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Topic: The Greater Bay Initiative Explained: origin, purpose and opportunities.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly SMEs, in the mainland and international markets.
For more information about the research reports of the HKTDC, please click here.
Mr. Benno Leeser
Topic: Diamonds are Forever; How to attract customers in the Greater Bay Area (GBA).
Gassan Diamonds was founded in 1945 by Benno Leeser’s grandfather Samuel Gassan. In 2013 it was named the “Family Company of the Year”. Mr Leeser received a Knighthood in 2016 when he became Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. At present he is the owner and President of 22 Jewellery and Watch shops in Amsterdam, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Changi Airport in Singapore. Gassan Diamonds receives thousands of Chinese visitors in their diamond polishing factory in the Netherlands each year.
Mr. Jacco Bouw
Topic: Digital marketing strategies for the GBA.
Jacco founded Webpower in 1999. He is a specialist in the development of the e-mail marketing industry in both the Netherlands and China. In 2011 he became the Dutch Online Media Man of the year and one of the “Conquerors of the World” (an award for Dutch entrepreneurs who have successfully expanded their company overseas). He is the co-author of the book ‘Face I.T. – marketing to China’s netizens’.
Mr. Robert Rubinstein
Chairman and Founding Partner
Topic: Hong Kong as a Financial Centre;
Sustainable investing, opportunities in Hong Kong and the GBA.
The Mission of the TBLI Group is to create an inclusive values based economy. The main focus hereby is on the social, environmental (or ecological) and financial aspect of its investments.
Speaker representing MVRDV
Topic: Designing for the Greater Bay Initiative.
The Rotterdam based company MVRDV provides solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues in all regions of the world. Well known creations include the Markthal in Rotterdam and the Tianjin Binhai Library. In Hong Kong they realised, among other projects, the 133 Wai Yip Street building.
The next generation of skyscrapers? MVRDV revolutionizes with Vanke Headquarters competition win in Shenzhen
Speaker representing Loyens & Loeff
Topic: Offering Legal services to Western Companies in the Greater Bay Area.
And after.. Join us for the reception and dinner!
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 buffet dinner will be prepared for you.
Special guests, including
Ms Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union;
Jochum Haakma, Chairman Netherlands Chian Business Council and EU-China Business Association;
will join NHKBA Chairman Hans Poulis and other members of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association and their guests.
Dr. James Ding
Commissioner of Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and
Department of Justice, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Dr James Ding obtained LL.B (Hons) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (Distinction) from the University of Hong Kong, LL.M from Kyushu University, Japan and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia. He became a barrister in Hong Kong in 1997
and joined the Department of Justice in 1999. He also taught on a part-time basis at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong and the Open University of Hong Kong from 1998-1999. Was seconded to the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands in 2001. He attended negotiations of several Hague Conventions as a member of the Chinese delegation and was also a member of the Drafting Committee for the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance.
Mr. Lucas de Man
Creator, presenter, TV Host and Artistic Director.
Lucas De Man (Belgium, 1982) graduated his studies as a Theatre Director in Amsterdam in 2008. Besides his work for New Heroes, Lucas De Man works as a freelance director, actor and concept developer for amongst others Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Frascati and Toneelgroep Amsterdam. He hosts a variety of cultural programs, gives lectures and is a guest lecturer at different schools every now and then. Lucas won several prizes for his directing work, and together with scenographer Pascal Leboucq he was nominated for a renowned Scenography award for their installation SKETCH.
Lucas will perform part of his show ‘Meet the Millennials’. In Meet the millennials he will take you on a trip to China to meet the new generation millennials. He gives an insight into how these millennials make a difference in a complex and quickly changing world. Meet the Millennials is more than a story, a travelogue or a documentary. It is a journey of discovery full of imagination that provides insight into today’s challenges.
Seminar and reception only: Free of charge
Seminar, reception and dinner (limited number of seats available)
- Members € 100 (excl VAT)
- NCBC Members € 140 (ex VAT)
- Non-members € 180 excl VAT
Price per corporate table of 8 persons: € 1800 excl VAT