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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


Follow this link to view the photos from the event.


Event Report: Chinese New Year Event 2017

Gong Xi Fai Cai! Happy Chinese New Year! Dragons Businessclub and its members together celebrated the year of Rooster with a unique event at the Museum Jan van der Togt on 26th January, 2017. This year Dragons Businessclub jointly organized the event with Amsterdam Inbusiness, Oooit Art Consultancy and Museum Jan van der Togt. With the exhibition of 9 young award-winning Chinese artists from China, our members and relations enjoyed a night at the beautiful museum filled with modern and contemporary arts.

CNYEventPicture 1(Exhibition from the Chinese artists, left: Zhai Xuanhong, right: Zhang Zhaoying)

The event kicked off with a warm greeting from Mr. Igor Nuijten, secretary of Dragons Businessclub and an interesting speech about how the Museum Jan van der Togt was founded by Mrs. Heleen van Ketwich Verschuur, Director of Museum Jan van der Togt.
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1st photo from the left, showing artists creating their art pieces at the Museum in the past; the next photo is a masterpiece piece of painting from the museum. (Both photos provided by Museum Jan van der Togt)CNYEventPicture 3

Following the opening speech from Deputy Mayor Ms. Maaike Veeningen from the Municipality of Amstelveen, the traditional Chinese Lion Dance performance marked the celebration of Chinese New Year and brought everyone the good fortune and happiness for the year ahead. 

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During the lion dance performance, some of the guests noticed the lion was literally eating the lettuce. We can tell you some interesting facts about the Lion Dance: the different colors of the lions are used to signify the age and character of the lions. The lion with golden yellow fur is considered as the middle child and the movement of these lions is fast like a young child or a headstrong teenager in whom it represents energetic and ready for motion. The lions would also perform the traditional custom of “cai qing” (採青), literally meaning “plucking the greens”, whereby the lion plucks the auspicious green vegetables e.g. lettuce, and spits it out in which this action is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the business.CNYEventPicture 5

During the presentation of Ms. Selena Yang, Founder of Oooit Art Consultancy, concept of the whole exhibition was being further explained. Ms. Yang also shared some interesting stories from the young artists on how the artists perceived experiences in the Netherlands and derived the ideas into their artworks.

Special thanks go to the Founder of Oooit Art Consultancy, Ms. Selena Yang and the Director of Museum Jan van der Togt , Mrs. Heleen van Ketwich Verschuur, for providing such special exhibition and location for the event. The festive event ended with great arts, new friendship and lucky draws.

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Dragons Businessclub is a platform created to build Chinese & Dutch business relations and networks, through cultural projects, seminars and company visits. Our purpose is to create opportunities for our members and relations to expand their business networks in a wide diversity. Last but not the least, Dragons Businessclub wishes everyone a happy and wealthy year of Rooster!

Article written by Polly Lam
Photos taken by Michael Tsang
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