75 Year Anniversary Reception

For the NABC, the year 2021 marks a key milestone: 75 years of conducting business and promoting the African continent as the ideal destination for business expansion and investment for the Dutch private sector.

23rd of September 2021
Breukelen, Netherlands
Start at:15:00 PM CEST
Flagship Event
  • Description
  • Programme
  • Speakers
  • Practical information
  • Factsheet
  • For the NABC, the year 2021 marks a key milestone: 75 years of conducting business and promoting the African continent as the ideal destination for business expansion and investment for the Dutch private sector. Confidence in African Business has been our overarching message for the past 75 years and continues to be the driving factor behind our activities.

    The NABC’s 75 Year Anniversary Reception will take place on the 23rd of September 2021 between 15:00-20:00 at the Nyenrode Business University (Straatweg 25, 3621 BG, Breukelen), the official venue sponsor.

    The Anniversary Reception will look back at the past 75 years of Dutch and African trade and investment relations and discuss what the future will hold. It will be an ideal occasion to come together, network and get inspired.

  • Programme

    Time Programme Speakers
    15:30 – 16:05 Opening Word Rosmarijn Fens, Managing Director, NABC
    Dr. Koen Becking, Chairman of the Executive Board, Nyenrode Business University
    Steven Collet, Director and Ambassador Business and Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Ingrid Thijssen, Chair, VNO-NCW (Video Message)
    16:15 – 16:30 Signing Ceremony Joost Oorthuizen, CEO, Invest International
    16:30 – 16:55 Panel Discussion: History of Dutch/African Trade relations Núria Vlonk-Cunha Soares, Account Manager Retail, OTC Organics B.V.
    Jan-Kees Nieman, Managing Director East & West Africa, Heineken
    Douglas Brew, Head of External Affairs, Communications and Sustainability for Africa, Unilever
    16:55 – 17:20 Panel discussion: Future of Dutch/African Trade relations Betelhem Dessie, Founder and CEO, iCog- Anyone Can Code
    Pascal Murasira, Managing Director, Norrsken East Africa
    Dr. Yulia Levashova, Assistant professor, Nyenrode Business University
    17:20-17:25 Cheers to 75 Years of Confidence in African Business
    17:25 – 20:00 Networking Reception with Live DJ Set
    20:00 Closure
  • Opening Word:



    Ms. Rosmarijn Fens
    Managing Director





    Dr. Koen Becking
    Chairman of the Executive Board
    Nyenrode Business University





    Mr. Steven Collet
    Director and Ambassador for Business and Development Cooperation
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands





    Ms. Ingrid Thijssen





    Mr. Joost Oorthuizen
    Invest International




    Panel Discussion: History of Dutch/African Trade relations



    Ms. Núria Vlonk-Cunha Soares
    Account Manager Retail
    OTC Organics B.V.





    Mr. Douglas Brew
    Head of External Affairs, Communications and Sustainability for Africa





    Mr. Jan-Kees Nieman
    Managing Director East and West Africa



    Panel discussion: Future of Dutch/African Trade relations


    Betelhem Dessie
    CEO & Founder
    iCog- Anyone Can Code






    Mr. Pascal Murasira
    Managing Director
    Norrsken East Africa





    Dr. Yulia Levashova

    Assistant Professor
    Nyenrode Business University

  • COVID-19

    With the COVID-19 vaccines rolling out at a notable pace, we expect to welcome our members and the wider network physically to the Anniversary Reception. Therefore, at the moment, the 75 Year Anniversary Reception is planned to be our first physical event since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. That being said, we will continue to follow the Dutch government measures closely and we will practice health checks, registrations and take all the necessary hygiene precautions. Please note that only NABC members can attend. Members can send only one representative to this event.

    Attending the Anniversary Reception

    In order to attend the NABC’s 75 Year Anniversary Reception, you will be required to show:

    • Proof of registration;
    • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination; or
    • Negative COVID PCR test less than 72 hours old.


    Due to capacity limitations, the NABC’s 75 Year Anniversary Reception is open for members only. If there are spaces left, the registration will open up to the general public.

  • Goodie Bag Sponsors

    Tony’s Chocolonely | Tony’s Chocolonely’s mission: Make chocolate 100% slave free. With unfair distribution of value and power in the chocolate supply chain, Tony’s Chocolonely works to change that. Tony’s Chocolonely use traceable cocoa to produce chocolate without the use of modern slavery or exploitation, all whilst investing in long-term partnerships with cocoa farmers, making fairer price agreements and showing cocoa farmers how to be more organised and improve their productivity so they can achieve a decent income. Find out more here.




    Ngbaka Beers | Ngbaka beer celebrates the diversity and unity of African people wherever they may live in the world, finding commonality in a brand that retains the familiar taste of home. Ngbaka is more than a beer. It is the story of four African men in Europe who discovered home is not just a place but a sense for the things that make us feel rooted and whole. Ngbaka is a term that describes our common union, that out of many different regions we emerged from, we are united under one beer.  Find out more here.




    Oxfam Novib | Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs (EfE) is a network of over 400 SME’s in the Netherlands who support microfinance – and SME development work in developing countries through Oxfam Novib. Through a loan – which they are oftentimes not able to access otherwise – entrepreneurs in the Global South are given the opportunity to invest in their company. Our local partner organisations also provide trainings that help them grow in their entrepreneurial endeavours. This allows them to work toward a better future for themselves, their families and their entire community. The EfE network is made up of business owners in a wide variety of sectors in the Netherlands: they all have one thing in common; believing in standing up for what is right and offering entrepreneurs in developing countries a chance to create a better tomorrow.  Find out more here.



    LA Grand’ Halte | La Grand’ Halte literally means taking a long rest during the day, in order to enjoy the delicious and unique red, white and rosé wines which we exclusively import from wine estates in the Maghreb for the Dutch market.

    La Grand’ Halte is the exclusive importer in the Netherlands of the winery Domaine de Baccari from Morocco and the winery Société des Grands Crus de l’Ouest (SGCO) from Algeria. To preserve the unique taste and quality of the Baccari and SGCO wines, they are stored lying at a constant temperature of 12° and out of sunlight. Find out more here.



    Pure Africa Coffee | Pure Africa Coffee offers pure Arabica coffee Straight from Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia. With the slow-roasting process bringing out the richness of each coffee bean, the unique aroma of each African variety is brought to life. For every kilo of Pure Africa Coffee bought, €1 is invested in microcredit loans to agricultural entrepreneurs in Africa to then buy new land, trees or fertilisers. Find out more here.