Conversation With Leaders
The speakers for the first NICCT Online “In Conversation With Leaders” on 1.5.2020 are:
Mrs. Edith Nordmann – Chairman NICCT & Managing Partner at ACG International
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.
H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony – Ambassador of India to The Netherlands
H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony is Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands since June 8, 2017. He is the Permanent Representative of India to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and is also responsible for India’s relations with the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and other legal institutions in The Hague.
Ambassador Rajamony’s tenure of nearly three years has seen a vibrancy in India-Netherlands relations like never before with the exchange of several high level visits between the two countries including the first State Visit to India by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in October 2019; Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s visit to India in 2018 ; Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Netherlands in 2017; visit by Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishanker to the Netherlands; and visits to the Netherlands by Chief Ministers of Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and West Bengal.
Ambassador Rajamony has authored much acclaimed books India and the Netherlands – Past, Present and Future (September 2019); What We Can Learn From The Dutch – Rebuilding Kerala post 2018 Floods (January 2019). The book on India and the Netherlands was released by the King of the Netherlands with the participation of the Queen of the Netherlands, Minister of Education and Culture and many other dignitaries. He has also to his credit an acclaimed monograph titled India-China-US Triangle: A Soft Balance of Power in the Making, and a coffee table book titled: India and the UAE: In Celebration of a Legendary Friendship.
Born on November 12, 1960, he holds degrees in Law from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala; a Masters in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Certificate in Chinese language from University of Hong Kong. Mr.Venu Rajamony joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986 and has served in Indian missions in Hong Kong, Beijing, Geneva and Washington, D.C. as well as the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. He was the Asia Foundation Fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC between 2001–2002; Consul General of India in Dubai from 2007 to 2010; and Joint Secretary and head of Multilateral Institutions Division of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India from 2010-2012. He served as the Press Secretary to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee for five years from August 2012- May 2017.
Venu Rajamony began his career as a journalist in Kochi with the English daily Indian Express, where he worked from 1983-86.
Mr. Venu Rajamony is married to Dr. Saroj Thapa, an educationist and has two sons.
Mrs. Vidhya Sampath – Moderator – Vice President NICCT Programs & Director External Affairs & Public Policy Europe at TCS
Vidhya Sampath serves as the head of Corporate and European Affairs for Tata Consultancy Services across TCS’ European operations. Prior to this she served as the Director External Relations for Europe and as the Marketing Head for TCS Benelux, a period that saw exceptionally fast growth for TCS.
Vidhya has served as the Director of the Europe India Institute at Nyenrode Business University and initiated the Netherlands India Institute.
As a private consultant she advised several major corporates and public institutions in Europe on business collaboration with India and has orchestrated several high-level missions to India.
Vidhya serves presently as a Vice President on the board of the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade and is on the advisory Board to the Europe India Chamber of Commerce.
Vidhya holds a Bachelors degree in Architecture (cum laude), a Masters degree in Urban development and Housing Studies and a MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.Vidhya is a fully certified yoga teacher and enjoys teaching and practicing yoga on a daily basis.