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Event report: Dragons Café- Spring Networking Event

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.

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.

Guest Column: My Chinese Travel experience

My Chinese Travel experience

This guest column is written by Jakob Hollander, born in 1942 Veenendaal. He shares his travel adventures in China.

My first journey to China was by train in 2001 with a group of 15 people. We travelled to Beijing and already in the train I had my first experience with Chinese people. I was lucky enough to be invited by some guards in the train (as the only one) to have a meal together. After the meal they gave me Guizhou-Moutai (53%) drink and that marked my first experience with Guizhou.
The train trip was already an experience itself. It was a trip of 5 days. When we stopped at Ulaan Baatar (in Mongolia), I bought postcards and stamps, but the next stop was already in China. That was a problem, as I couldn’t post them because the stamps were not valid in China. Luckily enough, one of the Chinese guards, whom I sealed a friendship with through a Moutai drink, wanted to help by posting my postcards on his next journey to Mongolia. In another country I had the experience that the cards “went missing”. It was said that people would take the stamps and sold them. To my joy, my cards arrived in Holland after a half year.

Next event: Start Up China at B.Amsterdam on 27 June 2017

bamcOur next event Start Up China is at B.Amsterdam on 27 June 2017.
B. Amsterdam is the biggest startup ecosystem in Europe. B. is a creative work space for innovation, education, and growth.
Key note speaker is Carl Rohde is professor Future Forecasting and Innovation.
He conducts the biggest trend research – the Cool City Hunt project- with 47 universities and about 10,000 students worldwide.
Register here to attend the event.