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The much-anticipated Africa Strategy of VNO-NCW will be presented by its president Mr. Hans de Boer during NABC's Ambassadors Dinner on November 29th, starting at 14:00. This 10th edition of the Ambassadors Dinner will be held at the Rabobank Headquarters in Utrecht. With 28 African embassies in attendance last year, the networking dinner is an event that you simply cannot miss! Additionally, you will be able to watch inspiring presentations from our three finalists for the "Doing Business in Africa" Award. This award brings Dutch companies who have shown the most promising business endeavours across Africa into the spotlight. Registration is open now at euro 150,- per person. The NABC member fee is euro 95,- 


Programme of the Ambassadors Dinner 

14:00 Walk-in and registration

15:15 Official opening in the plenary room. NABC and Rabobank. 

15:30 Presentation of Africa Strategy by Mr. Hans de Boer, President of VNO-NCW, and Els Kamphof, Head of Wholesale Banking for the Netherlands and Africa at Rabobank.

16:15 Doing business in Africa Award ceremony

16:45 Matchmaking and networking: connect with the ambassadors.  

18:00 Entreé is served while matchmaking continues. 

18:30 Start of the main course of the Ambassadors Dinner.  

19:30 Coffee & closing remarks, followed by informal networking. 

21:00 End.


Mr. Hans. de Boer, President of VNO-NCW 

Mr. Hans de Boer has been President of the business and employerss; organisation VNO-NCW since July 1st, 2014. Mr. De Boer (1955) is a former entrepreneur and supervisory director, who also managed to garner the requisite experience as part of the (Hague) entrepreneurs’ lobby. He was Chairman of MKB-Nederland for the period 1997-2003.

Hans De Boer was supervisory director and consultant to various organisations in the decade preceding his appointment in the VNO-NCW. Among others, he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Sperwer Group (supermarkets) and ArboNed, supervisory director at Siemens Nederland and Greenport Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij (Greenport Development Company).

As Chairman of the Youth Unemployment Task Force, he initiated the reintroduction

of (technical) vocational schools/MTS (senior secondary technical schools) in the Netherlands, which has now grown to a chain of around 100 'Technical schools'. In the more distant past, Hans de Boer was founder and director-majority shareholder of the Bureau Economische Argumentatie (Economic Research and Policy Consulting), which he later sold to KPMG.

As Chairman of VNO-NCW, he is vice-chairman of the SER (Dutch Social and Economic Council) and co-chairman of the Stichting van de Arbeid (Labour Foundation). Hans de Boer studied economics (specialising in Econometrics and Public Finance) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is married and has two children.

Els Kamphof, Head of Wholesale Banking for the Netherlands and Africa at Rabobank

Since September 2018, Els Kamphof is heading Wholesale Netherlands & Africa. In this role she has regional responsibility for Wholesale Banking in the Netherlands & Africa and is also a member of the MT Wholesale, Rural & Retail. Prior to this role she was Group Executive Wholesale at Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group, responsible for Rabobank’s wholesale clients business in Australia and New Zealand.

Els joined Rabobank in 2006. She headed up Corporate Lending for wholesale clients in the Netherlands, managing corporate relationships and wholesale lending across all industries. After Corporate Lending she was global head of Financial Institutions Group, where she was responsible for relationship management across major financial institutions worldwide. Before her time at Rabobank, Els held several positions at ABN AMRO Bank in disciplines like Project Finance, Private Equity and Capital Structuring.

Practical information

Date: Friday, November 29th 

Time: 14:00

Location: Rabobank Head Quarters, Nederland

Address: Croeselaan 18, 3521 CB Utrecht

Train: The Rabobank Head Quarters is within walking distance of Utrecht Central Station.

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Event details

Ambassadors Dinner 2019
From November 29, 2019
Till November 29, 2019
NABC events
Annual Event
Utecht, Netherlands
+31 (0)70 304 3618