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What impact do the health and economic effects of COVID-19 have on doing business in Senegal? And what measures do the Government, local companies, and foreign companies in Senegal take to mitigate risks and continue business in these insecure times? What are the possible scenarios post-COVID-19? Are there any new opportunities for business that have evolved? In this webinar, experts provide their views on these (and more) questions and participants can ask any question they have. We are delighted to be joined by the Ambassador of the Netherlands in Senegal, H.E. Ms Joan Wiegman, as well as other key speakers. 

Date: 25th of June 

Time: 11:00 – 12:00 CEST

Language: English

Participation is free.



  • H.E. Ms Joan Wiegman, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republics of Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea-Conakry and Guinea-Bissa. Her Excellency Ms Joan Wiegman joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 and first worked for the International Organizations Directorate, Bonn Embassy, secondment at the Auswärtige Amt in Bonn (Germany) and Abidjan Embassy (Côte d'Ivoire). From 2000 to 2004 she was Deputy Chef de Poste in Riga, Latvia; from 2004 to 2008 Deputy Head of Nuclear Affairs and Non-Proliferation in the Security Policy Directorate; from 2008 to 2012 Head of Press, Culture and Sport at the Embassy in Pretoria (South Africa); from 2012 to 2016 Head of Politics at the Embassy in Beijing (China) and from 2016 to 2019 Deputy Director of Operations. Since 2019 is H.E. Ms Wiegman Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Senegal.
  • Mountaga Sy, Director General of the National Investment Promotion Agency (APIX Senegal)
  • Thomas Schneiders, Business Development Manager, Maritalia Group. Thomas Schneiders is the Business Development Manager of the Maritalia Group in Senegal, a leading logistics and maritime services provider in Senegal with over 35 years of experience in the sector. Prior to his time at Maritalia, he was Regional Sales Director for North and West Africa for the Damen Shipyards Group based in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. Thomas holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University College of Utrecht and a MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets from the University of Edinburgh Business School.
  • Mariola Diawara, External Relations, Senegal Real Estate. Mariola Diawara is a Dutch businesswoman with a successful international career across a variety of disciplines, ranging from the Oil and Gas to the Hospitality and Facility Management industries. Her passion for Senegal and her expertise in the Hospitality and Property Management areas resulted in her becoming the co-owner of Senegal Real Estate. Senegal Real Estate is a SME, providing comprehensive property development services in (predominantly) the Thiès region in Senegal, where the new airport opened in 2017. Senegal Real Estate specializes in residential, commercial, hospitality and hybrid development projects and services span from acquisition, development, construction, marketing, and management of the portfolio, to interior design and consultancy services on behalf of its clients.
  • Pierre Chapusette, Private Sector Consultant with experience at World Bank Group, EU, and Dutch Embassy in Dakar - Focus on agriculture
  • Maloe de Reuver, Project Manager Strategic Regions, NABC. As Project Manager in the Strategic Regions team, Maloe works mostly on projects related to Francophone African countries. Since joining NABC in November 2016, Maloe has coordinated several (trade) missions and other projects focused on Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Bénin, Sénégal, Côte d'Ivoire, the Republic of Congo and Cameroon. Through these experiences Maloe has built a strong network and good relations with many Dutch companies active/interested in French-speaking (West) Africa and key stakeholders in the region. Maloe is NABC's first point of contact for questions relating to Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire.



Event details

Webinar: Doing Business in Senegal
From June 25, 2020
Till June 25, 2020
NABC events