"What does our logo mean?" asked Ana, our intern. "Why don't you share it on your webpage?" Well observed! Our logo is a tulip with the colors of both the Portuguese and the Dutch flags, made a few years ago by of of our interns. As Ana had this doubt, more people might had question it as well, so we decided to explain the story to you!
In the light of Portugal's admission to the EU in 1986, some Dutch companies and the Dutch Ministry of Economics felt it was a good idea to set up a non-profit member organisation that would help promote business relationships between Portugal and the Netherlands. Hence, the Dutch Portuguese Chamber of Commerce was called to life with the mission to connect Portuguese and Dutch entrepreneurs in a valuable and sustainable way.
Every day new entrepreneurs register as new members to become part of our valuable network. Click here for information on how to join.
Since 1998, she exerts the function of Director of the Chamber and has been responsible for the successful development and strategy changes turning a subsidized association into a sustainable private organization. She navigates different Portuguese and Dutch companies into new markets and has a broad business network to rely on.
Robin is Project Manager at the Dutch Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and joined the team in September 2015. He manages different projects and is responsible for the PR, communications and networking activities.
Ana has recently graduated in Management at the Nova School of Business and Economics and works at the Chamber for 1.5 years. She has been helping us with marketing strategies, consulting projects and administration. Ana is also an artist and a foreign language enthusiast. She is currently taking an Arabic course and learning Dutch with her colleagues at the Chamber. Additionally, she owns her handmade accessories business.
After finishing her bachelor in Psychology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam Florbela moved to Portugal. She joined our team in May 2017 for an internship while she was finishing her master´s degree in branding and design. She has been helping us with various projects, marketing and communication. Florbela enjoys being spontaneous and is a bit adventurous. She took a trip to Asia in 2015 and recently returned from a trip to South America to celebrate her master´s degree.
Frans is a Dutch engineer from origine, who has had a longstanding successful career with Shell. After 13 positions in 9 countries, he felt it was time to settle down in Portugal. Since 2013, he is the liaison officer in the Algarve for the Chamber.
With a background in Business Economics and International Management, Ingrid fulfilled several management functions for large ICT corporations. Considered by her co-workers as "solid, supportive and honest; all you want in a manager", she now applies these qualities in supporting the Chamber in areas such as strategy and communication.
For the past 4 years Raquel has been studying European Studies in the Netherlands At Zuyd University of Applied sciences in Maastricht and has recently moved to Lisbon to do her internship at the Chamber. During her studies she has specifically chosen to follow the “Communication in the Private Domain" stream, which focuses on international business, marketing and communication. Therefore, she will be more than happy to bring this knowledge into practice at the Chamber, to obtain a lot of professional experiences and of course to enjoy the Portuguese sun.
Manuel has recently finished his degree in Economics at the Nova School of Business and Economics. He joined our team in October 2017 and has been helping us out in tasks related to accounting and administration. Manuel really likes travelling and meeting new cultures. He also loves sports, especially jogging, that´s why he recently joined the Half Marathon of Lisbon. To broaden his horizon, he is planning to do a master programme in the Netherlands, also, to fulfil his goal of a career abroad.
Claudine has a background in Healthcare, Education and Training and worked in different roles in the Netherlands and U.K.
In the Netherlands Claudine worked as a District Nurse, Practical trainer and planner/ coordinator in a private team. In the U.K. she worked as a training coordinator at a Unilever factory, staff nurse and helped set up and run a Dutch Primary School (NTC location).