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Swedish Chamber Member of the Board and Patron Member Annika Hult, Stena Line on “Insights on responsible business”
We are happy to share a link to the inspiring podcast "Insights on responsible business" with Swe-Cham Patron and Board Member Annika Hult Stena Line hosted by Sir Rob Wainwright. "The key value centred around everything in our company is care. Care for customers, Care for resources, Care for each other," says Annika Hult, Trade Director Norht Sea at Stena Line. Hear more here:
Bert Heikens, New Treasurer Swedish Chamber of Commerce
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to inform that Mr. Bert Heikens, AKD has been appointed Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee per July 1, 2020.Mr. Heikens is a member of the Board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce since 2016. He is succeeding Mr. Roland van Pooij, CEO Handelsbanken Nederland. Mr. van Pooij will continue as a Member of the Board. "We are very pleased to welcome Bert Heikens as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee of the Swedish Chamber and at the same time we are thanking Roland van Pooij for serving the Chamber as Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee for the past 3 years. We are very pleased that Mr. van Pooij stays on as Member of the Board, says Ehsan Turabaz, Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and International Relation Leader at Inter IKEA Group.
TeekensKarstens attorneys & notaries embarks an inspiring new chapter in 2019 and opens TK Tech in Amsterdam.
Swe-Cham meets-up with Rens Goudsmit and Lex Keukens, tech lawyers at TK Tech for a chat for Swe-Cham Annual Review 2019. With effect from January 2019, the specialists of the Information, Communication & Technology sector have operated from the heart of smart city Amsterdam. With its headquarters in high-tech city Leiden, TK now has a presence in the heart of the areas where technological developments are happening in rapid succession and where start-ups and scale-ups are continuously working on the Next Big Thing. Amsterdam is one of the world’s most important start-up hubs. Within that ecosystem, there is a need for specialist legal knowledge. TK’s tech lawyers are experts in such fields as privacy (GDPR), intellectual property, M&A, blockchain and artificial intelligence. Lex Keukens, tech lawyer “The main reason why we decided to start TK Tech was that we found that there is a gap in the law area when it comes to new technology and innovation. There are a lot of big law firms that are providing their services to the big corporations in the Netherlands, but they don’t have the expertise on new innovations and the legal aspects of those technologies. Rens and I, we are convinced that all the companies that are working in those fields are investing a lot of their money in new innovations and they need high level advise and expert analysis on those innovations from a legal point of view. So that was our main starting point. TeekensKarstens is located in Leiden but we found it important that TK Tech also should be present in Amsterdam because it is the heart of the smart city. “I was already a lawyer in Amsterdam for about 7 years, but then Rens and I discussed the plan to realize TK Tech which we presented to the board in Leiden. We really believe this is the future and we were ready to take this plan to the next level here in Amsterdam. TeeksensKarstens received the idea very positive and so I joined TeekensKarstends and started TK Tech together with Rens”. Rens Goudsmit, tech lawyer: “At TeekensKarstens we are working in branches, we have six of them. Real estate, Education, Health to name a few. When I was asked to lead the sector of Information, Technology and Communication that was like your mouth full and therefore, we came up with TK Tech which is a much better name. People would recognize it and remember it. I knew Lex from our studies so when the opportunity came by to setup TK Tech together it was a great joint adventure. We really want to focus on the new technology, so we want to help startups, but also scaleups and our existing clients in every face of their innovation journey with the challenges they are facing. The thing is, that the existing legislation is not made for all the new technologies, and (new) technologies are evolving every day. So, while they are building every day on new technology the existing legislation is failing behind more and more. That is where a tech lawyer comes in and help the companies to define what is their (legal) playing field. What boundaries do you face and more important, what opportunities do you have and most important, where can it add value to your business model? Laws and regulations are often not adapted to new developments Rens: “We translate issues in the technology sector into the best and most practical legal solutions. We develop close relationships with our clients and take on a connecting role. We know the sector and the issues that also will be relevant in the future. As tech lawyers, we leverage our knowledge and experience to forge the essential link between innovation and regulation. New technologies and developments are also leading to innovative, interesting and complex legal issues. Current laws and regulations tend not to have been geared to these new developments yet. There is still no obvious answer to questions such as: how do the principles of the GDPR affect the documentation of all manner of transactions in a decentralised blockchain? Who is liable if a self-driving car causes an accident? Who holds the copyright if a robot writes a book? We address these questions by understanding the technology based on our legal knowledge and knowledge of the sector, always with a keen eye for technology.” Lex: “We are learning from our clients. We are working with startups, scaleups from the Netherlands and Europe, but also from the rest of the world and they come with their questions to us. So we are learning by doing when we have to find out what is their legal playing field and how can we solve their challenges. But we are also talking to policy makers and attending events of importance to u and building networks to gain the knowledge we need to know in those areas of the law. We also work together with universities and high schools by giving presentations and to learn from them. They explain to us how the technology works, and we explain the legal framework.” Growth through connecting Making connections is key for TK Tech. The network TK has built within the sector is opened up to, and expanded for, clients in this growth sector. Especially in this sector it is crucial to share best practices and knowledge. That is why TK Amsterdam is located in a co-workspace at Keizersgracht and why its tech lawyers are members of various Dutch and international networks. The new office is also an important link in the further expansion of TK’s international practice, which has a particular focus on international dispute resolution, M&A and start-up and scale-up growth support services, including assistance in investment rounds by venture capitalists, informal investors and/or angel investors. Help to build products and services of the future Lex: “For instance, we have the copyright law from 1912 and it states that only natural persons can be the holder for copyright. If a copyright infringer someone’s rights, you should go to the natural person involved in the creative process of that copyright which can make it complicated when we are talking about AI. But there has been case law after that, so it is not as the law has not been updated and developing since 1912. There is a lot of case law and case law is also part of the legal framework. But sometimes you need a new framework, for instance with the GDPR, when you look at the personal data and how to protect it. You cannot longer work from an old legal framework, you need updates. And on the field on AI, I am sure we definitely need some legal framework on short notice.” Rens: “The authorities need to be open and supporting for the use of new technology. And that is something we need to work on together with the policy makers by using the know how’s of the startups and the scaleups. For example, TechLeap is an important organization in that field to encourage working together to see what is needed from the startup’s side but also what needs to be regulated by the authorities.” Lex: “It is also important to look into this as quick as possible because as there is not a concrete legal framework for instance on AI, you see that Europe is falling behind compared to the United States or China. In the United State there is more concrete legal legislation about AI. What you see is that the big corporations who wants to invest in technology are researching the AI field and they see that there is no concrete legal framework. For us it is a big liability to invest so they are reluctant to invest and what we need in Europe. Investment. Europe is falling behind so we definitely need some framework there.” TK Amsterdam is home to a passionate and enthusiastic young team that is committed to providing legal and strategic services to innovative organisations to help them work towards success. Its tech lawyers are not just legal partners, but they also serve as strategic advisers and linking pins. They facilitate, protect and help develop the products and services of the future. Rens: “A big difference at TK Tech is the starting point. Normally as a lawyer you would always start from the law and with us, we want to understand the technology first and then see what law is existing in this point and what is needed for those companies to take it to the next step.” Lex: “At the moment we are looking for another tech-lawyer to increase our support and I guess we will be looking for even more support in the near future. And we are always looking for enthusiastic students to join us.” TK Tech collaboration with the Swedish Chamber Rens: “I think the collaboration with Swedish Chamber is going really well, we really enjoyed hosting the “What’s New” program last year and we also the business update to Stockholm where we met some new companies. For instance, we did the 5G tour at Ericsson and that was really interesting.” Lex: “We want to work even closer with the Chamber and the members in the future and to see what kind of new projects we could work on together with them.” Rens: “We are looking forward to meet the members of the Swedish Chamber, especially in tech, but also to see if we can learn from them, technique wise but also company wise and see if we can get some good collaboration out of that.” Lex: “Swedish Chamber, is one of the networks in my point of view that is really focusing on tech.” Rens: “And the best thing is that we can connect Sweden and the Netherlands so that we only don’t have the know-how in the Netherlands, but we combine those two.” March 2020 By Lina Stackegård and Kerstin Gerlagh
Swe-Cham 5G Webinar on June 25, 2020
On June 25, 2020 the Swedish Chamber of Commerce hosted a 5G: the Gamechanger for Society and Industry in collaboration with the The Swedish Embassy the Hague and Ericsson.
We started off with a welcome and introduction by Everth Flores, Country Manager Ericsson the Netherlands. During the past year, 5G has become an even hotter topic than before. It now has become a reality. Various mobile operators have already launched 5G services, and 5G-enabled smartphones are for sale in the shops. Still, the mass adoption is yet to come. It is expected that 5G technology will be the basis for many innovative services, both in industries as well as in society empowering an intelligent, sustainable and connected world.
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The Swedish Chamber welcomes new Board members at the 60th Annual General Meeting June 30, 2020
On June 30, 2020, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands welcomed members to its 60th Annual General Meeting (AGM), hosted for the first time in a virtual setting in light of the ongoing pandemic. At the meeting, Herrik van der Gaag, CEO at Volvo Car Netherlands, Ruth de Jager, Country Manager for Storytel in The Netherlands and Rik Zuidmeer, Partner and member of the International Leadership Team of Mercuri Urval and Executive Director for Mercuri Urval NL were elected to the Board of Directors. “The Swedish Chamber for Commerce brings together some of the best Swedish companies represented in the Netherlands, bridging cultural differences and providing platforms for interpersonal relations, essential for today’s international business environment”, says Herrik van der Gaag in his motivation to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Ruth de Jager:“I am honoured to be considered as a member of the board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, It is impressive to see the reach and inspiration Kerstin and her network set in motion. I very much support the Swedish core values, like sustainability and especially the much admired equality between men and women." “The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to welcome the new appointments. The elected members are all respected and engaged business leaders from their respective sectors, and will serve alongside an already impressive list of Swedish-Dutch business profiles. We are very much looking forward to working with the three of them,” says Ehsan Turabaz, Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands. At the AGM the following Board Members were retiring: Ruud Joosten Akzo Nobel, Peter Smink and Wilma Buis, Mercuri Urval. “The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Ruud, Peter and Wilma for the great collaboration during their years and for their commitment and contribution to the development of the Swedish Chamber. A special thank to Wilma Buis as head of the Nominating Committee and also for very successfully leading the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Mentorship Program for the past 5 years,” says Ehsan Turabaz, Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. “We wish Ruud, Peter and Wilma lots of success for the future and looking forward to keep you in our network” Ehsan Turabaz continues. Welcome to read more about the new Board Members Welcome to read “Thank you and goodbye” by Wilma Buis New Board Members:
Thank you and goodbye!
Time to say goodbye and look back. After five years I am leaving the Board of the Swedish Chamber, because I have stepped down from my role as managing Director of Mercuri Urval after 20 years.So no Swedish link anymore in my formal role. Alas! Mercuri Urval, executive search and talent services, established in Stockholm more than 50 years ago, has been a member and patron of the Swedish Chamber as long as I can remember. We have always been enthusiastic about the Swedish Chamber as a platform where you can meet a lot of interesting people from interesting companies with all one thing in common: Swedish/Dutch business. So for me it was an honour when I got the request to join the Board five years ago. I am looking back at enjoyable years in which I have learned a lot and exchanged a lot of ideas with my fellow Board members and SCC members. And I am pleased I can present Rik Zuidmeer as my successor representing Mercuri Urval in the Board. In my opinion we can be very proud of such an active Chamber of Commerce. The Board has had two chairmen during ‘my’ five years, Nils van Dijkman from Heussen Advocaten and Ehsan Turabaz from Inter IKEA Group, both equally enthusiastic and committed to the Chamber. With Kerstin Gerlagh as the admirable driving force in the Chamber, many, many events were organised. People from a variety of Dutch and Swedish companies have met there, visited plants and other company locations, had presentations and interesting discussions with business people and representatives of government and politics. The master class lunches in Amsterdam with the excellent international speakers are events worthy to remember as well. Next to all the business events there were the enjoyable social events such as the yearly Lucia Dinner with original Swedish food and choir. There the Chamber handed out the Swedish Chamber Business Awards to remarkable performing Swedish companies in The Netherlands. During the years I have also experienced the smooth and very supportive co-operation with the Swedish Embassy and the respective Ambassadors. A special thank you to the current Honorary Chairwoman of the SCC H.E. Ambassador of Sweden Mrs. Annika Markovic. The Young Professionals is an active part of the Chamber as well. I was happy to be invited at their very entertaining 10th anniversary event! I have met a lot of young Swedish and Dutch people, working for mostly Swedish companies in The Netherlands, during the 5 years I was involved in and leading the Mentor Group. We have amongst each other exchanged a lot of learnings on careers, business and culture. I would like to thank as well all the enthusiastic mentors from our member companies, that have volunteered to be a mentor, despite their very busy jobs. Thank you all, both mentors and mentees, for the interesting meetings we have had! Moving from De Ruijterkade in Amsterdam to the new dynamic Epicenter has marked the start of a new episode in the Chamber’s activities. New opportunities and more contacts with businesses 2.0 or even 3.0. The challenges all companies face today in securing their continuity and sustainable growth in a digitized and demanding environment are on the agenda every day. Both Sweden and The Netherlands are countries where companies are working hard to find solutions for our common future. Everyone who has visited an event of the Chamber at the Epicenter will have sensed the positive business atmosphere. I wish all members and the Board of the Swedish Chamber many more years of fruitful business networking and prosperous business. Wilma Buis
Words of the Honorary Chairwoman
On June 30, 2020 the Swedish Chamber of Commerce conducted their Annual General Meeting 2019. Welcome to read the Words of the Honorary Chairwoman. More Annual Reviews and interviews with Member companies in the Annual Review 2019. Words of the Honorary Chairwoman H.E. Annika Markovic, Ambassador of Sweden 2019 was an intense year for the Swedish-Dutch relations and the already strong and dynamic relationship between our countries was reinforced in several aspects. On a political level, the commitment to work closer together was clearly signaled from the eight Swedish Ministers that visited the Netherlands last year, including Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist and Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson to mention a few. As the most likeminded countries in Europe, building even stronger ties between us is a priority for both our governments. The bilateral collaboration was also reinforced through several newly initiated partnerships and projects, mainly in the innovation and tech sector and in the fields of environment and climate. The bilateral long-term cooperation in the tech sector that was launched in 2018 resulted in two visits to Sweden in 2019 by State secretary Mona Keijzer and Prince Constantijn. The purpose of those visits was to explore the startup ecosystem in Stockholm, to discuss access to venture capital and the possibility to strengthen women participation in the startup sector. As a follow-up to these visits, The Swedish embassy together with the Swedish Chamber of commerce and Epicenter organized the first edition of TechBridge Sweden-The Netherlands focusing on “Women in tech” in the end of last year. It was a highly interesting talk that you can listen to through our new podcast “Swedish Brains” at Spotify! “Women in Tech” is also a theme for an ongoing dialogue between the Swedish Embassy and the Ministry of Economy and Climate, with the aim to come up with concrete common political actions points together. There is a clear interest from the Dutch government to collaborate further with Sweden on issues related to gender equality in the labor market and in the economy. In the field of environment, energy transition and green innovations, the collaboration between the Nordic embassies and the Nordic Chambers in the Netherlands continues. We delivered an ambitious program of activities during 2019 focusing on the transition towards a circular economy, using the development of Artificial intelligence (AI) as a tool for more sustainable solutions and energy solutions for green growth. This collaboration has broadened our respective networks, given concrete business opportunities for Swedish companies in the Netherlands and increased our footprint. The support for this collaboration from the Nordic Council of Ministers and the EU-commission has strengthened our message even further. The Netherlands is just like Sweden a digital and innovative world leader. The Dutch digital and innovation strategy with its top sectors, very much goes in line with Swedish top tech priorities such as energy, food, life science, health and high tech. These are all sectors with great potential for further bilateral cooperation. The embassy will therefore continue to focus on our main priorities, innovation, sustainability and gender equality in the economy for the promotion activities the coming year. These main priorities go well hand in hand with the interests of many of the members of the Swedish Chamber in the Netherlands, which paves the ground for further successful collaboration between the Embassy and the Chamber for the future. Gender equality is core to the Swedish feminist government, but also means smart business for many Swedish companies. It’s often very inspiring to listen and learn how Swedish companies work with improving gender balance and diversity in their markets abroad. 2020 marks a special year for the Swedish Chamber of commerce in the Netherlands as it celebrates its 60-year anniversary in the country. With its current 150 members, the Chamber today plays an important role – not at least for the visibility of Sweden and Swedish companies in the Netherlands. This will be highlighted even more through an ambitious jubilee program by the end of the year. The Swedish Embassy will support this and puts great importance to the collaboration between the Swedish Embassy and the Chamber. We should be proud of the ambitious work that “Team Sweden” did in the Netherlands in 2019 and let’s continue this great collaboration to make 2020 equally successful! H.E. Annika Markovic, Ambassador of Sweden Honorary Chairwoman Swedish Chamber of Commerce