"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.
Mafalda has recently finished her degree in Marketing and Advertising at IADE - Instituto de Artes, Design e Empresas. She joined the Chamber on September 2018 and has been helping us with marketing strategies and our online communication. Mafalda really likes travelling and meeting new cultures, that's why she decided to go on Erasmus in Belgium to learn more about advertising and public relations, as well as to broaden her horizon.
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.
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).