"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
Navigating your business into new markets
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 van Dinther is Director of the Dutch Portuguese Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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.
Robin has been living in Portugal since 2012 and worked as Team Manager for Abbott Diagnostics Division in Lisbon. He studied Humanities and Law at Leiden and at Bologna University.
Robin has 10 years of experience in supporting companies that are looking for globalisation and business expansion abroad, at the Trade Promotion Department of the Italian Embassies in both the Netherlands and Belgium/Luxemburg. He has a large network of contacts within companies and governmental institutions, andis also very familiar with the European Institutions. Robin has organised many smaller and bigger events in a wide variety of business fields. Robin is very accesible, fast in discovering what the needs of a company are and is able to efficiently link companies to each other in order to expand their business.
Meet our intern
Mafalda has recently graduated in Marketing and Advertising, from IADE University. She joined our team in August, 2018 for an internship in Community Management. She has been helping us with marketing strategies, social media management, communication and administration. Mafalda did Erasmus in Belgium, where she joined the JAP Program (Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations) at Artesis Plantjin Hogeschool Antwerpen, and loved getting to know Belgium and the Netherlands throughout her time there.
Liaison officer Algarve
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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.