Someone to talk to

The new situations that are at hand and the uncertainty we all live under for the moment is stressful for many people. Sometimes it can help to talk to someone who is listening.

Welcome to contact Swedish Chamber of Commerce Member Maria Scharffenberg. Maria, senior pastor of the Swedish Church in the Netherlands  welcomes you to give her a call if you would like to talk, about concerns of your own, your business or family related.   Maria has over 20 years of experience as a priest and is trained in both crisis management and communication strategies. As a priest, she is bound by the professional secrecy. You can contact Maria by mail, phone or WhatsApp. The languages are Swedish or English. Mail: Phone/WhatsApp: +31 6 23 33 36 33  
Online hackathon Hack the Crisis Sweden 3-6 of April

In this critical moment, our task is to work together to solve one of the biggest crises of our lifetime. Hack the Crisis is an online hackathon organized by DIGG, Hack for Sweden, Openhack and The Swedish Government.

What? In response to COVID-19, we will address multiple challenges all based on the Corona crisis. The three main tracks the hackathon will focus on are: Save lives Save communities Save businesses The mission is to design, test and execute ideas for the future of Sweden and the world. We want to gather creative ideas and develop concepts in an attempt to create solutions helping us make further progress in the ongoing resistance. This hackathon is a context for all parts of society to contribute – public sector, private sector, academia, non-profit organizations and citizens, who want to join in the fight.   When & Where? Starting April 3, running through April 6, this online hackathon is open for anyone to join.   Register at
Welcome new Member!
The Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber are very pleased to welcome new member Hanna Sigunger. We are looking forward to welcome her to our Young Professionals network.  
Roland van Pooij nieuwe CEO Handelsbanken Nederland
Handelsbanken heeft Roland van Pooij (47) benoemd als CEO van Handelsbanken in Nederland. Hij is de opvolger van Jens Wiklund die de bank op eigen verzoek heeft verlaten. De benoeming gaat per direct in. Roland van Pooij werkt sinds 2002 bij Handelsbanken en bekleedde de afgelopen maanden de rol van waarnemend CEO van Handelsbanken Nederland. Hiervoor was hij bij Handelsbanken accountmanager zakelijk, internationaal kredietanalist, kantoordirecteur, regiodirecteur, hoofd van de afdeling product development/systems/channels/products en Chief Operating Officer. Roland van Pooij: “Ik heb het voorrecht om al sinds de start in 2002 mee te mogen helpen aan het opbouwen van Handelsbanken in Nederland. In mijn nieuwe rol wil ik – samen met mijn fantastische collega’s in alle delen van de organisatie – Handelsbanken Nederland op een prudente en succesvolle manier verder laten groeien.