NIBM 2021

It is our great pleasure to invite you for the Netherlands India Business Meet (NIBM) scheduled on Thursday 17 June 2021 from 15.00-19.15hrs CET (online).
For more than a decade the NIBM attracts over 200 small-sized, medium-sized and multinational companies active in the Netherlands-India business area.
The theme for this year is “Towards a Sustainable Planet Through Netherlands – India Collaboration”
We feel very privileged that excellent guest speakers have confirmed their presence to shed light on and discuss this issue from both Dutch and Indian perspective, sharing their insights, latest developments and business prospects during our NIBM event.

The program for this year is: 

14.45-15.00        Log-in, Registration, Informal networking

14.54-14.56        Audience Poll

14.56-15.00        Pre-recording by Rinay Prasad – Drummer

15.00-15.03       Welcome by Vidhya Sampath – Moderator NIBM

15.05-15.10       Welcome by Edith Nordmann, Chairman NICCT


15.10-16.30        KEYNOTE SESSION

15.10-15.20        Henk Ovink – Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of The Netherlands

                             Sherpa to the UN/WB High Level Panel on Water

15.20-15.25        Address by H.E. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rawat – Ambassador of India to The Netherlands

15.25-15.30        Address by H.E. Mr. Marten van den Berg – Ambassador of the Netherlands to India

15.30-15.35        Sustainable Scale-up Movie 1


15.35-16.25        Discussion NICCT Patron Members

“Sustainability as a strategic driver for industry”

Corporations have increasingly come recognise that their future prosperity hinges upon their responses to the challenges on the sustainability agenda – management of their carbon footprint, restructuring supply chains and meeting their responsibilities to their stakeholders. The process of mainstreaming sustainability is a challenging and expensive affair. How are companies developing their strategy around sustainability? What are the factors shaping their strategy, including regulation and technology?


                        Christina Herden – Global Head Sustainability – HCL

                        Michele Lemmens – Head of Business Sustainability & CTO Asia Pacific &

                        Singapore – Tata Consultancy Services

                        Vipin Moharir – Group CSO – Gateway Group

                        Jan Niewold – Head Climate Change & Sustainability Services – EY NL


16.25-16.30       Sustainable Scale-up movies 2

16.30-16.45        Break


16.45-17.57        INDUSTRY SESSION

“Building and implementing a sustainability mindset”

Existing economic systems are/were geared towards optimising production and maximising growth & profits, however adherence to sustainability goals requires a mindset with a focus on the creation of long-term shareholder value. That means identifying the changing needs and demands of society and responding by mitigating risks and leveraging opportunities while working in collaboration with various stakeholders — suppliers, customers, employees, shareholders and governments. How is industry building this capability? What are the challenges and wherein lie the opportunities?


16.45-16.55        Keynote Address by Soren Gade – MEP, Chair EU-India Parliamentary Committee,

                             Europe India Business Council Chair

16.55-16.58        Sustainable Scale-Up Movie 3

16.58-17.08        Keynote address by Ms. Seema Arora – Deputy Director General – CII and Head-CII Centre of Excellence for Sustainable


17.08-17.10        Online Poll Questions to Audience

 17.10-17.55        Discussion with Industry Leaders

                             Arindom Datta – Executive Director and Head of Rural & Development Banking / Advisory – Rabobank

                             Santhosh Jayaram – Partner & Head, Climate Change, Sustainability and CSR Advisory – KPMG India

                             Sarah Woodhouse – General Council Europe & General Counsel Food and Refreshment – Unilever

 17.55.-17.58      Sustainable Scale-Up Movie 4 



 “Building a greener world”

 ‘Green’ scale-ups operate at the intersection of business and technology, aiming to create positive change on a global scale. They face unique challenges brought on by their inherent triple bottom linesocial responsibilityeconomic value, and environmental impact. In this session we will hear about their experiences and their views on opportunities in the sustainability space.                       

17.58-18.43        Discussion with Sustainability Scale-ups

                             Mesbah Sabur – Co-Founder – Circularise

                             Lennard Kruseman – Co-Founder – My Carbon Tree

                             Nitin Vishwas – Co-Founder and Benevolent Overlord – Moonshine Meads

                             Shyam Kumar Katta, Ph.D – Country Advisor – SmartFarmingTech

 18.43-18.45      Audience Vote ‘Most Promising Scale – Up’

 18.45-18.5        Cultural program – Rinay Prasad – Drummer

 18.55-19.00     Announcement winner of NICCT Members Prize for ‘Most Promising Scale-Up’

                            Announcement winner ‘Most inspiring Sustainability quote’

 19.00-19.05     Vote of thanks and Closing Remarks

 19.05-19.15     Informal networking


Please click on this link for the speaker overview.