Past events

On April 11, 2024, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and the new Member Cinode welcomed Swedish Chambers Members and business relations to an afternoon presentation “What’s happening in the consulting industry?”. The consulting industry significantly shapes businesses and industries. It’s an expanding field, featuring expertise from both large firms and a growing number of freelance consultants. At this event, Cinode explored the Swedish and Dutch consulting industries, comparing similarities and differences. We will also dove into current trends and market insights.

 

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About Cinode
Cinode connects you to an expansive network of over 6000 consultancies. This network drives collaboration and dealmaking. Now, Cinode is excited to extend its services to Dutch consulting companies, aiming to accelerate their growth and success.

With nearly 300 customers Cinode is the leading platform for consultancies in the Nordics. The platform’s capabilities include quick client response times, optimized utilization, and transparent information for informed decision-making.

Who knows what, who’s available, what can I sell? Cinode is the all-in-one Saas platform that supercharges consultancies by giving crucial insights into sales, delivery, and skills.

 

The event was offered free of charge thanks to the generous sponsoring by:

 

 

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A warm thank you to everyone who participated in the Swedish Chamber’s enlightening Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast, hosted by Sweco at their stunning headquarters in De Bilt and featuring Refugee Talent Hub.

“Diversity is not only inviting people to the party; you need to dance with them too” said Eugene Grüter, CEO at Sweco Nederland, as he shared his personal experiences of working with and mentoring refugee talent. Sweco actively collaborates with Refugee Talent Hub, an outstanding employer initiative that connects refugees with employers to secure paid jobs.

One of the event highlights was hearing from Refugee Talent Hub’s Partnership Manager Houda Zait about the organization’s workings, as well as from Naiem Zayeri on his journey as a refugee adapting to the Dutch business climate and culture.

It was also truly inspiring to hear Sweco’s HR Business Partner Suzan Peters present the close partnership between Sweco and Refugee Talent Hub, emphasizing the importance of recruiting refugee talent inclusively and championing social responsibility. We also thank Mark Wybenga from Sweco for excellent moderating!

With approximately 100,000 refugees currently seeking employment in the Netherlands, the Swedish Chamber and its members are proud to highlight the utilization of this often-overlooked talent pool, and to welcome new exceptional employees into forward-thinking and diverse teams! A huge thank you to Sweco for this fantastic breakfast, beautiful surroundings and impactful presentations!

 

Photo Credits: Salar Ashari, Refugee Talent Hub

 

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ABOUT THE REFUGEE TALENT HUB

Refugee Talent Hub brings refugees and employers closer together to secure paid jobs. Our dream is a country in which employers see and acknowledge the talents of refugees and where refugees therefore have the right opportunities in the labour market.

During small-scale, tailor-made meetings and activities, personal encounters between employers and refugees are central. Together with employers, we strive for a refugee-friendly workplace, where employees with a refugee background are able to fit in – as easily as anyone else – and feel at home.

The idea of the Refugee Talent Hub descends from consultancy firm Accenture. The company presented the idea at the annual World Economic Forum in 2016, after which the Refugee Talent Hub was launched the same year.

 

ABOUT THE SWEDISH CHAMBER DIVERSITY & INCLUSION BREAKFASTS
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce together with its Diversity & Inclusion Committee aim to provide a series of Diversity & Inclusion Breakfasts to discuss strategies with a focus on new perspectives of D&I, share real cases and research, and support you with concrete tools to increase and develop D&I within your organization. For more information about the Swedish Chamber of Commerce D&I Program and the D&I Committee click here or send an email to events@swedishchamber.nl

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“Mastering Leadership for the Future – Program kick-off”

 

We were thrilled to kick off the Swedish Chamber and Young Professionals Mentorship Program 2024 last week, together with the nine skilled Mentorship Program pairs joining the journey! The event started with an introduction by Mentorship Coach Hendrik Jan Guitink, leading the way with insightful guidelines. Mentees and Mentors were then divided into breakout sessions to map out personal goals and expectations, guided by former Mentee and YP Committee Member Malin Petrocchi, as well as Hendrik Jan. This was followed by the big reveal of Mentor-Mentee matches, after which the pairs had their first one-on-one chats to kickstart their mentoring journey.

 

Looking ahead, we are extending an open invitation to the Mentorship keynote lectures to all YP members, and welcome you to join these inspirational presentations and discussions. Seating is limited, so secure your spot today! Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come:
📅 April 18: Leadership with Niels Thijssen, Professional Leadership Coach and Facilitator
📅 May 14: Mindfulness and Work-Life Balance with Kristina Zumpolle, Founder, Executive Coach, Facilitator, Keynote Speaker, and Jasmijn de Smit, Executive Coach, Facilitator
📅 September 19: Business Culture with Candida Snow, Director of Snow Culture & Communication

 

Speakers 

 

  • Hendrik-Jan Guitink, Mentorship Program Coach and Managing Partner of AIMS International Netherlands B.V and Mentorship Program Coach
  • Malin K. Petrocchi, Head of Speak Up & Investigations at Prosus group.

 

 

About the Swedish Chamber Mentorship Programme
The Mentorship Program was launched in October 2012. Since then, more than 100 Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber have followed the program and benefited from their future personal and professional growth. The many Mentors have benefited from meeting the new generation leaders of the future and learning more about their insights and values. The Mentorship Program is made possible by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with AIMS International Netherlands B.V., a member of AIMS International. Read more here.

 

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Young Professionals want to thank everyone who joined our Boules evening in Amsterdam last night! The event brought together entrepreneurs, young professionals, committee members, international trainees, students, newcomers to the Netherlands, and a few of the Mentees for this year’s Mentorship Program. Together we shared a fun evening of networking, meeting new people and fun games. We are very proud of Young Professionals being such an open, engaged and dynamic community!

Follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn to keep an eye out for the next Young Professionals event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Photo credits: Mooie Boules 

 

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A sincere thank you to everyone who joined The Young Professionals New Year’s Mingle! Special thanks to The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Patron member Heussen, with a special mention to Swedish Desk Manager Rebecca van Dorrestein, for graciously hosting the event. We are genuinely grateful to kick off 2024 with such enthusiasm and energy alongside all of you! It was fantastic to bring together The Young Professionals and Heussen colleagues in a New Year’s quiz celebration, creating new connections and enjoying delicious Ollibollen. YP looks forward to collaboratively creating a fun year filled with new connections and development together with the network.

Watch our video from the event here!

 

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The Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber would like to say thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s Lucia Celebration at PR Lab. A special thanks to our collaborative partners, PRLab and Inter IKEA Systems. We also extend our appreciation to the Young Professionals committee, who shared some reflections about the past year and thank you for your valuable work within our community. We were delighted to enjoy Lucia songs performed by Svenska Högtidskören, and a Christmas poem by Alexander Ljungstrom. The festive atmosphere was further enhanced with Swedish “glögg” and Christmas snacks, including gingerbread cookies sponsored by Inter IKEA Systems. The Young Professionals team and the committee wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in 2024!

Click here to learn more about the traditional Swedish Lucia celebrations.

This event was generously sponsorship and hosted by the Swedish Chambers members PRLab and Inter IKEA Systems:

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A classic After Work was a great idea! On November 15, 2023, at Volkshotel, we gathered to make new connections, share experiences, and enjoy laughter. The event brought together a diverse group of people, including entrepreneurs, students, professionals, newcomers to the Netherlands, and YP committee members. It provided a fantastic opportunity to expand networks, make new friends, and become active members of the Young Professionals community. The After Work was generously sponsored by KPMG Meijburg & Co, who offered a welcome drink and snacks.

We had a fantastic start to the YP season with a presentation about Stromma’s sustainability strategy and a discussion about the business culture differences between Sweden and the Netherlands with the folks at Vattenfall. Now, it was time to relax, mingle, and get to know each other better.

 

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The Young Professionals community was very excited to collaborate with Vattenfall for this event. The event focused on learning keys to navigate Swedish-Dutch business culture, which generated interesting discussions throughout the evening.

We want to extend a special thanks to Vattenfall for hosting this event, and to the Vattenfall team for contributing a lot of interesting insight into business culture as a Swedish company operating in the Netherlands. We also want to thank our speakers Malin K. Petrocchi, senior compliance manager at Prosus Group, and Jan Coelingh, senior program manager and lead engineer wind resources at Vattenfall, for sharing their personal experiences of Swedish-Dutch business culture.

 

Moderators:

  • Edwin Singerling
  • Herman Boerman

 

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