Free Seminar on Greater Bay Initiative, Rotterdam, 2 July

Visit the Seminar and Reception Free of Charge!

Tuesday 2 July, 14:00 – 21:30 hrs

The Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Invest HK and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council have the pleasure of inviting you to attend the

Seminar, Cocktail Reception and Dinner
on Tuesday 2nd July at the Mainport by Inntel Hotel in Rotterdam

Seminar: 14:30 – 17:30 hrs
Reception: 17:30 – 18:30 hrs
Dinner: 18:30 – 21:30 hrs

Join the seminar and reception free of charge

You can even bring a guest.

See the registration form for the participation costs for members and non-members.

Seminar: The Greater Bay Initiative

A rival to Silicon Valley and Wall Street?

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area or GBA) comprises the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and the nine municipalities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province. The total area is 56,000 km2 and the total population was around 70 million by late 2017.

During the free seminar on July 2nd, expert speakers from China, Hong Kong and Europe will focus on the creation of the GBA as well as on the opportunities for Dutch companies in this area.



Mr. Nicholas Kwan

Director of Research, Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Topic: The Greater Bay Initiative Explained: origin, purpose and opportunities.


Mr. Benno Leeser

Owner President of Gassan Diamonds.

Topic: Diamonds are Forever; How to attract customers in the Greater Bay Area (GBA).


Mr. Jacco Bouw

CEO of Webpower.

Topic: Digital marketing strategies for the GBA.


Mr. Robert Rubinstein

Chairman and Founding Partner of the TBLI Group.

Topic: Hong Kong as a Financial Centre
Sustainable investing, opportunities in Hong Kong and the GBA.


Mr. Jan Knikker (tbc)

Jan Knikker is a Partner at the famous company MVRDV. MVRDV was founded in 1993. Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, they  provide solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues in all regions of the world.

MVRDV has been active in China for many years. Their projects include the famous Tianjin Binhai Library.  In Shenzhen, MVRDV  is presently working on the Vanke 3D City.

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 Henry Tsoi, Deputy for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union,;
William Chui, Regional Director Europe, Hong Kong Trade Development Council;
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.



Speakers During Dinner

Ms. Teresa Cheng SC

Secretary for Justice for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Ms. Teresa Cheung was a Senior Counsel in private practice before joining the Government. She is also a chartered engineer and chartered arbitrator. She was frequently engaged as arbitrator or counsel in complex international commercial or investment disputes. Ms. Cheng was one of the founders and Chairman of the Asian Academy of International Law. She is a Past Vice President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration, Past Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Past Chairperson of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. In 2008, she became the first Asian woman elected through a global election as President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.



Mr. Lucas de Man

Creator, presenter, TV Host and Artistic Director. 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.



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