That the 2020 global professional speakers convention was bound to bring some great speakers to Adelaide was to be expected. That two of them came straight from The Netherlands and willing to address the members of the Australian Netherlands Chamber of Commerce was a happy surprise. DutchSA joined forces with the Strategy Execution & Leadership Meetup to organise a breakfast seminar with Paul Ter Wal (The president of the international federation of professional speakers organisations and international human capital consultant) and Nienke Bloem (a certified Customer Experience consultant and international keynote speaker).
We were delighted with 62 tickets sold for such an early morning event and attracting such a diverse group of company leaders, managers, consultants and interested people. It was a perfect mix for networking and discussion! Key take-aways from this Strategy Execution Seminar were:
DutchSA initiated a Dutch event at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and co-organised this with the South Australian Tourism Commission, The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Team, The Government of South Australia, the City of Adelaide and The Consulate of The Netherlands in Sydney.
The focus of the event was fast tracking the renewable industry and all in attendance, not in the least the chief executive officer of SA Power Networks and the Minister for Energy and Mining, are fully aligned with this mission.
On 13 October solar power set a stunning new milestone in the renewable state of South Australia, reaching 80 per cent of total demand and accounting for more than 70 per cent of demand over four hours in the middle of the day.
The Hon. Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Horst Pellekaan MP
Panel with Rob Stobbe (speaking), CEO of SA Power Networks
Chris Selwood (moderator), Director Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
Jay Manley, Manager Mechanical Design Engineering Tesla
Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Horst Pellekaan.
Presentations by Team Captain Top Dutch Groningen (winner of the Engineering Award) and Dr. Lex Hoefsloot, Founder and CEO of Lightyear electrical car company and previous winner of the World Solar Challenge (under the watchful eye of SA Power Networks CEO, Rob Stobbe and Hon. Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Horst Pellekaan MP.
Closing words by the Consul-General of The Kingdom of The Netherlands for Australia, Frank van Beuningen.
Design lead of Stella Era (Team Eindhoven) showing off the 4 time winner of the World Solar Challenge Cruiser Class Competition.
Team Eindhoven also won the Smart Grid Pitching competition. Their car has 8 radars to allow itself to find a spot in the sun to recharge its internal battery using its 5 square meter (!) of roof top solar panels and act as a mobile charging station for EV cars running out of power without a fixed charging station in sight!
Town Hall Reception by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor, for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge organisation and the winning team in the Challenger Class (Team Agora, from Belgium) .
On the right, your reporter: Edwin Roman, Vice President Netherlands-Australian Chamber of Commerce in SA (DutchSA), with Stephen Patterson MP, member for Morphett and Franz Knoll, Area Councillor City of Adelaide.
Great turnout on Monday's networking drinks with the Dutch trade mission to Australia. Lillian Mellink from the embassy, local entrepreneurs Marco Kuipers and Jan Ernst Antonides, delegation member Loek Hermans, president of DutchSA Frank Weits and many others enjoying a Belgium beer in great company.
From October 31 to November 4 2016, during the state visit of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima to Australia, an accompanying Dutch economic mission led by Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, and Henk Kamp, Minister for Economic Affairs, also visited Australia.
South Australia welcomed an important, 95-strong delegation from The Netherlands this week led by Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen.
The delegation included representatives of key sectors of growth for both countries; agribusiness, horticulture, sustainable water management and logistics.
Members of the delegation met with key South Australian companies representing their sector interests.
The Dutch visitors attended a Smart City business event to learn more about Adelaide’s status as a Lighthouse City with Cisco. They also went to Tonsley, Australia’s first innovation precinct, to discuss opportunities for collaboration between Tonsley and companies from The Netherlands.
The Netherlands will be a key focus of the South Australia – Europe Engagement Strategy that is currently under development.
On Monday 9th May DutchSA and the Embassy of The Netherlands hosted an networking dinner for Dutch companies visiting the Ozwater2011 conference in Adelaide.
Guests from various visiting Dutch companies and industry organisations as well as SA companies with interests in the water industry exchanged views and experiences in an informal environment. Guest speaker Joe Flynn talked about the water industry in South Australia, its challenges, and the innovative projects and initiatives that are being undertaken, resulting in astonishing results in water efficiency. What followed was a very engaging discussion about opportunities and challenges between those present around the table.
A special thanks goes to local company Elwa (energy efficient hot water systems) for sponsoring this event.
We organise Business and Social events to connect Dutchies and South Australia