NICCT Online New Year Reception – 21.01.2021
Speakers at the New Year’s Reception are:
H.E. Marten van den Berg – Ambassador of The Netherlands to India
Marten van den Berg is the Ambassador of the Netherlands to India, Nepal and Bhutan. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, he served as the Director General, Foreign Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands from 2015-2018.
Ambassador Van den Berg studied Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and was part of a Programme for Public Management at the University of Maryland, US and the Programme for Senior Executives of State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA.
His first entry into public life was as the Senior Policy Advisor of General Technology Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs. His subsequent posts included, Deputy Chairman of the Working Group Technology Transfer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Adjunct Secretary General at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Deputy Director Spatial Economic Policy. In 2001, he was appointed Economic Minister at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington; and returned to the Ministry of Economic Affairs as Deputy Director General of Foreign Economic Relations in 2004. In 2008, he was also appointed as the Director of Economic Diplomacy at the Ministry. In 2012, Ambassador Van den Berg was appointed as the Deputy Director General Foreign Economic Relations and then as the Director General Foreign Economic Relations in 2015.
H.E. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rawat – Ambassador of India to The Netherlands
Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rawat is the Ambassador-designate of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He will also be the Permanent Representative of India to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and responsible for India’s relations with the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and other legal institutions in The Hague.
Mr. Rawat joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1990. He opted to learn Mandarin Chinese as his foreign language and served in Hong Kong and Beijing between 1992 and 1997. He returned to Delhi in 1997 and served in East Asia Division for over 3 years. He then served as First Secretary in Indian Mission in Mauritius.
He started his second tenure in Beijing in 2003 as Counsellor and ended in 2007 as Deputy Chief of Mission.
Mr. Rawat returned to the Ministry of External Affairs and worked as Director (East Asia) in East Asia Division between 2007 and 2009 and thereafter he was on deputation to South Asian University for 10 months. He then served as Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi from 2014 to 2017.
Mr. Rawat served as Ambassador of India to Indonesia and Timor-Leste from September 2017-December 2020.
He speaks fluent Chinese.
He is married to Ms. Shruti, and they have two daughters.
Edith Nordmann – Chairman – NICCT – Moderation & Opening and Closing 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.
Prof. Dr. Mrs. Marianne J. Franzen – Presdient – India Netherlands Business Circle Bangalore
With more than 30 years of experience in Change Management, in India as well as abroad, Marianne lives by the motto if we don’t change in time, time will change us. Currently, she is Head of International Consultancy and Corporate Affairs at Cambridge Institute of Technology, Bangalore India. Besides that, as a consultant in the corporate world and a visiting Professor in Business, Change and Society, her vision is to continually challenge, guide, and lead people towards embracing sustainable change in order to stay ahead of time. She believes that hidden talents must be uncovered, young leaders coached, and knowledge and experiences shared extensively to allow for continuous advancement and future growth. Supporting people and watching them attain greater heights at both a personal and professional front gives her immense satisfaction. Marianne believes that people should be stimulated to recall their dreams and encouraged to pursue them passionately as realizing one’s dreams invariably leads people forward in the right direction.
Staying ahead of times requires a questioning spirit and breaking through norms and regulations which have lost relevance. Cultural and behavioural patterns must be revived. Innovation encouraged and an atmosphere of healthy competition built. These are some of the rules by which the game of business is played today. In fact not only business but governments and countries must adopt this strategy as well. Marianne passionately guides organizations on how to break through redundant norms, stimulating them to create new paradigms, implementing new ‘rules’ into their business. She focuses on two aspects during a change process. Business and people. As per her, these are the two facets of the same coin and hence equally important.
Marianne has successfully enabled companies to transition through tough changes that positively impact ROI, lead time, cultural differences, mergers, leadership development etc. Companies like Air France KLM India, Philips CFT, IKEA South Asia, Litrogas Lanka Ltd. (Sri Lanka), Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust – Dubai, Technip KT India, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), World Health Organization (WHO) India, GE, Bisonkit Manufactory, Headquarters – The Netherlands are just a few big names that have benefitted from her vast experience and expertise.
Furthermore, she worked for the Dutch Ministry of Defense; Ministry of Economic Affairs; Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport; Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. The realization of implementation in collaboration with political leaders and professionals was the main topic. Marianne also played the role of board member in various industrial organizations and chairperson for the Dutch People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy on regional level. Marianne continues to lead organizations across sectors, ranging from retail, healthcare, oil and gas, finance, IT, manufacturing, education to steel.
Between May – October 2016, she had the role of Interim-President, at India Netherlands Business Association (INBA), New Delhi. In the year 2017-2018 she was Vice President of the Women International Club (WIC) Delhi. In 2017 she was Business Editor of the HR Magazine ‘People and Management’. Currently, she is President of the Indian Netherlands Business Circle in Bangalore focusing on building bridges between India and The Netherlands.
As a psychologist, an executive coach, a visionary, a board member, and a mother of two lovely daughters, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with the future generation of leaders, by coaching students of B-schools and Universities. In her spare time she indulges herself by writing articles, blogs and practical books, in an endeavour to share her knowledge with others.
Naresh Narang – Senior Director HCL Netherlands
Naresh has keen interest in emerging technologies and along with his work Naresh mentors tech startups. He is currently mentoring the startup in India which has a huge potential to bring a social change.
Vipin Moharir – Group CSO – Gateway Group
Vipin Moharir is co-founder of The Gateway Corp. In his role as Group Chief Strategy Officer, he is responsible for Strategy, Execution and Results at The Gateway Corp, that includes multiple Brands and presence in 16 countries.
Vipin also heads Group’s venture funding activities through Quantum Growth Venture and is responsible for global inorganic initiatives (‘Buy & Build’) of The Gateway Corp.
With a unique blend of Indian background, combined with Dutch/International exposure, he has evolved into a serial entrepreneur at ‘heart and soul’.
Vipin is an ‘InspirAgent’ with over twenty five years of managerial and consulting experience. Vipin has (co-) founded several start-up’s in IT & other sectors. Vipin is known for his hands-on approach for business acceleration and innovation. Vipin has built and managed internationally diverse teams and business units in multiple countries.
He appears frequently in the media and regularly speaks at events. Vipin was involved in The Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade (NICCT) as an active Board Member (8 years) and as Chairman NICCT (2015-2017).
Vipin believes fervently that “There is no substitute for hard work”.
Nikhil Sharma – Head of TCS iON Europe & UK – Tata Consultancy Services
Nikhil Sharma, TCS – Nikhil has been a member of the education community for over 10 years and currently takes care of business development of TCS iON – the education unit of Tata Consultancy Services in Europe & UK. He brings in a vast experience of consultation and business development in Education domain across the globe and represents TCS iON for some of the largest clients of TCS in education and assessment domain.