Summary: New Year’s Reception 2017

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Municipality of The Hague and Baker & McKenzie for their support and sponsorship of the NICCT New Year’s Reception that took place on Friday, 27th January 2017 at the World Forum in Den Haag.

The New Year’s Reception was received well by all attendees, guests and speakers as Ambassador of India to the Netherlands – Mr. J.S. Mukul and the Ambassador of the Netherlands to India – Mr. A.H.M. Stoelinga touched upon the Netherlands – India relations and the recent developments and upcoming events. Deputy Mayor to Den Haag – Mr. Karsten Klein showcased the recent trade mission to Bangalore and the ongoing collaboration between The Hague and Karnataka. Executive Director of the Hague Security Delta – Mr. Richard Franken, explained the progresses and challenges in the coming years as well as the possibilities in creating more business with India. Tax advisor from co-sponsor Baker & McKenzie – Mr. Johan Visser, explained the impact of demonetization, GST, equalization levy and Brexit will have for economies in 2017.

The final presentation was a panel discussion on business and cultural difference experienced and perceived when working in the Netherlands and India. The discussion was moderated by Mrs. Namita Krul-Taneja, founder of NewYardsticks. We had the opportunity to engage with:

  • Sarbani Bhattacharya (Partner at KPMG)
  • Sudip Lahiri (Vice President at HCL Technologies)
  • Gaurav Gupta (Global HR Director at Vehicle Refinishes, Akzo Nobel)
  • Anshul Asawa (Vice President Marketing – Home care at Unilever)
  • Aditya Putta (Program Manager at World Start up factory)

The reception concluded with drinks and snacks giving over 100 attendees the opportunity to network with the dignitaries, speakers as well as the attendees. Additionally, we would like to congratulate the winners of the lucky draw who each won tickets to India sponsored by Jet Airways. This lucky draw was only applicable to NICCT members.

Pictures of the the New Year’s Reception are available to view on our Facebook page.

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