"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.
Marjon van Dinther
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing".
Marjon has been the Director of the Chamber since 1998 and was 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.
Marjon started her career in Amsterdam as a business analyst at a financial holding of several large international insurance companies called Eureko (part of Achmea), after finishing her Economics Msc degree at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1992, part of which took place at London School of Economics. Marjon also holds a LL.M degree from Oxford and Ghent University.
She was recruited by the Portuguese partner, Millenniumbcp bank, and worked in the insurance company of the group - Ocidental Seguros - for 3 years (marketing, planning & development, CRM).
From 2007/2009 Marjon worked as part time assessor of the Board of Barclays Portugal.
Marjon currently also teaches International Management (CEMS MIM) students at Nova University. Areas of interest: social entrepreneurship and technology, behavioural economics/finance, management & organisation, winning mindset.
"Don't wait for an opportunity. Create it."
Helena is a very experienced secretary. She did two secretarial courses, one in Portugal at Instituto das Novas Profissões, and another at the Queen’s Secretarial School, in London. She started working in 1985 at Credito Agricola and has, since then, been through several other companies, including two very important portuguese sovereign entities. She enjoys reading, swimming and spending time with her family and friends. She considers herself an easy going person who loves to laugh and takes advantage of every single moment life provides her. We are proud to be able to count with such an experienced professional in our team.
"Working with a smile, makes it all easier!"
Diogo is graduated in Communication Sciences and Post Graduated in Radio Production and Broadcasting by Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Before he starts to work with us, Diogo has worked as a Radio Producer in one of the most famous National Radios in Portugal: RFM. His hobbies are mostly wiriting, reading, and being aware of what's going on in the World in terms of Politics, Technology, Arts (specially cinema) and Social Media. He considers himself as a creative mind with lots of energy, but also very rational and attentive to the details.
"Don't limit your challenges. Challenge your limits."
Carolina is graduated in Political Science and International Relations by Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She comes from Alentejo and has an interest in social entrepreneurship and sustainable development. Before she started working with us, Carolina had experience in real estate development and project management. She enjoys keeping up to speed with current world events and considers her creativity to be her strongest asset. Carolina is responsible for managing our members, and due to her exceptional communication skills, is a valuable member of our team.
Liaison officer Algarve
"Use our platform to get connected"
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.
Frans started his own consultancy to help small and medium size businesses improve their performance and joined the Chamber as a member in 2011, when he needed assistance in understanding the market to set up his advisory firm. In 2013 the Chamber approached Frans to act as a liaison officer in the Algarve for the Chamber. Since then Frans has played an important role in organizing local business events, supporting members in the Algarve finding relevant and practical business solutions and introducing them to the right people.
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).
Claudine arrived in Portugal with her family at the end of August 2016 and is connected to the Chamber of Commerce since June 2017.
The main area of focus for the Chamber are the International visits from Dutch Business Schools to Lisbon.