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Event report: Dragons Cafe- Spring Networking Event

By Yidong Tao

On 4 April 2017, Dragons Businessclub organized a Dragons Café event at Eau Lounge in Rotterdam. Nearly 50 guests attended it and enjoyed a pleasant evening. Mr. Igor Nuijten, secretary of Dragons Businessclub, started the event with a warm welcome to the guests. The theme of this night was the role that Chinese talents play in the Sino-Dutch business. Three guest speakers gave presentations closely focused on the theme, and followed by a panel discussion. On this special night, the winner of the Dragons Business Award 2017 was also announced.



Presentations and Panel Discussion
Ms. Uling Hu, board member of Dragons Businessclub, hosted the presentation and panel discussion session. She first conducted a lively interactive activity with all guests. The guests expressed their agreement on the high demand for Chinese talents in the Sino-Dutch business. They also shared their own opinions and business experience.



Three guest speakers were introduced and invited to the stage. Mr. Henry Jin, business HR Leader of Cargill, shared his opinion on what kind of talents are needed in an international company, based on his 23-year HR working experience. Mr. Ming Luo, founder and managing partner of Synnray, stood from the perspective of job seekers and provided suggestions on how Chinese talents choose appropriate companies in the Netherlands. Ms. Valérie Hoeks, co-founder of China Inroads, has rich experience in supporting European companies to establish cooperation with Chinese partners. She emphasized the necessity of recruiting Chinese talents.

Following the presentation, the guest speakers and the audience continued a exciting discussion on the role of Chinese talents in the Sino-Dutch business._DBC0079


Dragons Business Award 2017
Dragons Business Award is designated to a member of Dragons Businessclub who has achieved significant success in the Sino- Dutch business. This year, GIA/Jiahe Shengde stood out amongst the nominees and became the winner of the Dragons Business Award 2017. Mr. Kurt Wu, the representative from GIA/Jiahe Shengde received the award from Mr. Michael Pronk (1421 Consulting Group, winner 2016) and thanked their excellent team in his speech.

The event ended with a dinner buffet. With the attractive night view of the Maas River and the Erasmus Bridge, the guests enjoyed tasty food and wine, whilst meeting new contacts and expanding their business network.



Dragons Café – Spring Networking Event 2017 Photos


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Dragons Café – Spring Networking Event 2017


Dear Madam, Sir, dear Dragons Businessclub members,

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Dragons Businessclub organizes a special event at Eau Lounge, located in the heart of Rotterdam with a magnificent view of the Maas River and the Erasmus Bridge.

This event will unveil the role that Chinese talents play in the Sino-Dutch business. The speakers will share their insights on how to expand Dutch business to China with the help of Chinese employee(s), the characteristics of Chinese employees and where to find these talents. By joining the event, you will have the opportunity to expand your business network and enjoy an evening with interesting presentations and a panel discussion.

The winner of the Dragons Business Award 2017 will also be announced during the event.


17:30  Registration
18:15  Welcome by Dragons Businessclub
18:20  Presentation by Mr. Ming Luo, Founder and Managing Partner of Synnray
 Presentation by Ms. Valérie Hoeks, Co-founder of China Inroads
 Presentation by Mr. Henry Jin, Business HR Leader of Cargill
 Panel Discussion
19:15  Announcement of the winner of the Dragons Business Award 2017
19:30  Dinner buffet 
20:15  Informal networking
21:30  Closing

Dragons Business Award
Dragons Business Award is designated to members of Dragons Businessclub who has achieved significant success in the Sino-Dutch business. The nominees of the Dragons Business Award 2017 are (in alphabet order):


  • Complimentary entry for members of Dragons Businessclub 
  • Member of VNC & Guanxi : € 40,- per person
  • Non-members: € 48,- per person
  • Without registration in advance: € 65, – per person at the door

Registration in advance is required!
To attend this Dragons Businessclub Spring Networking Event, please kindly register in advance before April 2, 2017 (6 pm). To register, please click the button below:


In case you have registered but cannot attend, please let us know via e-mail before April 2, 2017 (6 pm). If you cancel your registration after this date or if you have not notified us that you are not able to attend this event before deadline, we will charge you for incurred costs of € 65, – per person.

Accessibility & Parking
The entrance of Eau Lounge is next to HealthCity.

Nearest paid parking garages are

  • Interparking The Red Apple: Wijnbrugstraat 22, 3011 XW Rotterdam
  • Interparking Markethal: Dominee Jan Scharpstraat 306, 3011 GZ Rotterdam

Free street parking is available on the Noordereiland, on the opposite side of the Maas River. You can then either walk along the Willemsburg (1000m) or take a water taxi (EUR 4,50) to cross the Maas.

The venue is easily accessible by train, metro and tram. From station Blaak it is a 5 minutes walk to the venue.

For inquiry:

We look forward to welcoming you on April 4 in Rotterdam!

With warm regards,
Dragons Businessclub