NIBM 2019 


Speakers at NIBM 2019 are:


Sarbani Bhattacharya – Supervisory Board – FINISH MONDIAL – Former Partner KPMG – Moderator Expert Session Health

Sarbani Bhattacharya worked for KPMG Netherlands for fifteen years in global client management. Prior to that she fulfilled several management roles at Unilever, having joined as a management trainee. An MBA by qualification, she is currently Supervisory Board member at FINISH MONDIAL, a Dutch NGO committed to the cause of providing robust sanitation solutions in India, Kenya and other countries.
At KPMG, Sarbani had a global client-facing role ensuring the effective positioning of KPMG’s services, seamless implementation, focused and coherent relationship management. In addition Sarbani was Head of International business as well as the India Corridor, part of the KPMG global High growth markets initiative. She served on the Dutch Trade and Investment Board, India group, and is instrumental in facilitating cross border transactions and investments between India and the Netherlands.
Given her multifaceted experience across business and service lines, she is an expressive and articulate person with a global outlook and passionate about economic development specially within healthcare and sanitation in India and developing countries.

She lives in the Netherlands with her husband and two boys while maintaining strong links with her homeland, India.

Berend de Jong – CCO – Van der Sat – Panel Member Expert Session Agritech

Berend de Jong is responsible for customer satisfaction of VanderSat’s earth observation products. He focuses on VanderSat’s growth with new- and existing customers as well as VanderSat’s partnerships globally.


Jeroen Leffelaar – Managing Director F&A Innovation – Rabobank – Moderator Expert Session Agritech

Jeroen Leffelaar is Managing Director, F&A Innovation, at the wholesale banking division of Rabobank. He is appointed to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in food & agtech by leveraging the bank’s global network and industry knowledge with the goal to strategically engage with the most promising early stage companies. Rabobank strongly believes that ground breaking startups and scale-ups in the food & ag value chain can help to nourish the world more sustainably. By creating eco systems such as FoodBytes!, F&A Next, Terra and ScaleUpFood, Rabobank offers early stage companies access to finance, knowledge and networks as the bank wishes to turn today’s new ideas and technologies into tomorrow’s game-changing solutions.

Prior to joining Rabobank as a senior banker in 2006, Jeroen held various positions in equity research, corporate finance and investment banking at a.o. Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Kempen & Co.

Hans Loth (Global Head UN Environment Partnership) – Rabobank – Opening Plenary session – Keynote address

Hans Loth is Global Head UN Environment Partnership at Rabobank. He is responsible for building and managing the bank’s new strategic partnership, which is a keystone in the bank’s global environmental work.

Prior to taking up his current position, Hans fulfilled various general management and strategy roles within the Rabobank Group. Most recently, he was Director Strategy & Business Change for Rabobank Indonesia, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a new strategy for the bank in this key Asian market. Prior to that Hans worked with Rabobank Foundation, as well as Rabobank’s corporate banking team, through which he developed a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of global food value chains – “from Farm to Fork”.

Hans started his career an international mergers and acquisitions lawyer at a private law firm. With his eldest daughter off to university, Hans lives with his wife and two sons in Hilversum, the Netherlands.


Margreet Melman (Program Manager) Blue Match Foundation – Closing Plenary – Success Stories

Margreet Melman is an experienced, passionate, creative, entrepreneurial and enthusiastic fundraiser / project manager.
Started as one of the first female jazzz double- bass players, she has developed into a committed and visionary thinking organizational talent with a big heart for the social domain.
Her passion lies with the (further) development of projects in the (international) field of care, technology and art & culture. With appealing projects such as the BlueMatch Foundation, the Care & Culture Choir, Fort van de Verbeelding and HuidHonger.
Important part of her presentations is showing cinematic material. The listener thus immediately understands the soul of the project.


Anupam Nayak (Founder & Chief Operating Officer) Eindhoven Medical Robotics – Expert Session Health – Panel member
Anupam Nayak has 25+ years in the industry and has held diverse roles in engineering and product development at Philips, Applied Radar Technology and AT&T. Anupam holds a MBA Sloan Fellow (2010) from MIT Sloan, USA and a Bachelor of Electronics Engineering (honors) from the University of Mumbai. She is based in The Netherlands last 21 years.

Eindhoven Medical Robotics designs and manufactures high precision surgical robotics. We provide surgeons with image guided mechanical hands to assist them in performing complex surgeries safely, reliably and with better patient outcomes. Our portfolio includes skull base & spine surgery, steerable instruments for minimally invasive surgery and brain instruments. The company was founded by Anupam Nayak and Maarten Steinbuch in 2018 and has successfully secured first investments, 4 multi-million grants and first customer orders in India. We aim to be a world leader in the industry with a team of 1000+ in Eindhoven by 2028.


Edith Nordmann (Chairman NICCT) – Opening Plenary Session – Keynote address

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.



Barry Schwarz – Creative Director – Co-Founder – Addikt – Closing Plenary – Success stories

 Starting as a digital designer in 1996, he since then has worked for clients all across the globe, doing work for international brands like, Bentley, Adobe, TATA, ESPN, Volkswagen, MTV networks, BMW, Heineken and many more.

In 2004 he co-founded Addikt: a design agency that focusses on the development of brand identities and moving content. Addikt has offices in Amsterdam & Mumbai.

“Addikt builds brand identities and visual stories that are worth sharing across screens and between platforms. Delivering design-driven solutions that help brands connect with the right audiences and grow businesses.”

Barry leads a team of brand strategists, designers, animators, illustrator, 3d modellers and engineers spread out over 2 continents. Addikt’s work runs on screens of all sizes. From mobile phones to video installations, from pc’s to stadium concert LED walls.                    

Barry Schwarz has participated in a number of art shows, was a speaker at various international design festivals, judged at international design awards, was a member of the advisory board of the Dutch Designers Association (BNO) and held a seat in the Dutch Trade and Investment Board India on behalf of Dutch Creative Industries.


Kuchibhotla Srinivas – Partner Food, Agri and Retail Advisory – KPMG – Panel Member – Expert Session Agrotech

Srinivas has over 18+ years of experience across strategic, government and development sector advisory across food, agribusiness and retail.
Prior to joining KMPG, Srinivas worked with I-farm Venture Advisors, Frontier Growth Advisors, Reliance Retail, DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited and RPG Life Sciences.
He specializes in Strategy, Business transformation, Commercial Due Diligence, Project Management & Deals.


Jurg van Vliet – CEO – 30MHZ – Panel Member – Expert Session Agrotech

After 20 years of (startup) software engineering and entrepreneurship Jurg found his calling in (indoor) agriculture. With both sides of his family strong in agriculture his career is coming full circle. With 30MHz he is making serious efforts to digitalize (indoor) agriculture, to produce more, of better quality with less inputs.



Hans van Waayenburg – President & Chairman BU Capgemini Netherlands, Member of the Group Executive Committee of Capgemini Group Global – Opening Plenary Session – Keynote address

Hans van Waayenburg started his career in 1981 at the Dutch IT company Volmac as IT-professional and then held various management positions at organizations within the Capgemini Group.

Throughout the years there were many appointments:
• 1998 CEO IQUIP Informatica BV
• 2002 CEO Sogeti Nederland BV
• 2006 CEO Sogeti Europe, during this period he expanded Sogeti to the UK, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Ireland, also being responsible for the integration strategies of multiple European acquisitions
• 2012 COO Global Sogeti Group / Chairman of the Board for Sogeti Netherlands
• 2014 CEO Global Sogeti Group
• 2018 President and Chairman BU Capgemini Netherlands 


Jan van Zanen – Mayor of Utrecht – Opening Plenary Session – Keynote address

Jan van Zanen was born in 1961, and spent his childhood in the city of Edam-Volendam. After Grammar School (classical teaching Gymnasium), he completed his law studies at the VU University Amsterdam and at Cornell University Law School in Ithaca, New York, USA. He did his military service as an officer at the Dutch Royal Air Force, and subsequently filled the position as legal and executive secretary for a National Employer’s Association.
Member, on behalf of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), of the Municipal Council of Utrecht between 1990 and 2002, he was appointed Alderman of Financial and Economic Affairs, Public Space and Monuments in 1998, which he remained for seven years. Between 2003 and 2008, he was national chairman of the VVD. 
Mr Van Zanen was mayor of Amstelveen between 2005 and 2013.
Since January 1st 2014 he is mayor of Utrecht, and since June 3rd 2015 he is chairman of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG).