Last Wednesday, NRBC Rome held a special evening regarding the much
debated and current topic “Brexit”. The very interesting and well attended
evening was hosted by the Dutch Ambassador, Mr. Joost Flamand, Deputy
Ambassador Mrs. Dewi van de Weerd, Head of the Economic Department, Claudia
Pieterse, and the NRBC President, Angela Mannaerts.
Miles Johnson, Financial
Times’ Bureau Chief in Rome, spoke about the recent history leading up to
Brexit, the current developments, his expectations about the position of the UK
post Brexit and about the future of London as one of Europe’s financial
centers. Laura Travaglini, Public Policy and Customs Manager of the employers’
association Confindustria, illustrated the current trade effects of the
upcoming Brexit and the various scenarios and operative implications for EU
companies that export to the UK, including customs’ issues.
learned that notwithstanding the Brexit, London will remain a very important
financial capital. One of the reasons being that certain operators in the
City’s financial sector have have gained experiences and produced financial
products in a manner that has not yet been matched by other European financial
The public was also pleasantly surprised by the fact that the export from Italy to the UK has substantially increased this current year. This can be explained by the fact that the Italian manufacturers are increasing their international sales in general and that the UK companies are creating supply storages to overcome the difficult times immediately after the Brexit.
We warmly thank Mr. Johnson and Ms. Travaglini for their interesting presentations and Ambassador Joost Flamand and his staff for their hospitality and support.
The Board is extremely pleased to announce a special evening in Rome regarding a much debated and current topic: Brexit.
We have been able to invite two very interesting speakers; Miles Johnson, Financial Times’ Bureau Chief in Rome, who will speak about the recent history leading up to Brexit, the current developments, the position of the UK post Brexit and the future of London as one of Europe’s financial centers, plus Laura Travaglini, trade advisor of the employers’ association Confindustria, who will illustrate various scenarios and operative implications for EU companies that export to the UK (including customs’ issues).
The evening will be held on 13 November next. For information and registration send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 8 November.
On the evening of January 14, 2019, NRBC Florence will organize its first event in the New Year and of course also our Rome based members are most welcome!
Stichting Landmerkis the topic of the first evening and it will organize in October 2019 the course “Rhetoric in Florence”, during which a group of top students will be immersed in the spirit of the Renaissance by means of reading classical books and performing speaking exercises. This journey will be a combination of philosophy, rhetoric and major questions.
Jordi Wiersma, co-founder of Landmerk, will hold a presentation during the evening of January 14, 2019, explaining what Landmerk stands for and how his Foundation is involved in special rhetoric courses for top students: Landmark teaches young thinkers how to study, speak and write about big questions at a high level.
Of course, we will also raise a glass to the New Year on January 14! Information on the location will follow soon.
In the meantime
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We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a healthy, successful and prosperous New Year!
Last night the Board of the NRBC was largely represented at the celebration
of the 30th anniversary of the Dutch Praatcafé in Rome. Special speaker of the
evening was Mrs. Marry de Gaay Fortman, Partner of the known law firm
Houthoff, President of the Dutch association “Stichting Topvrouwen”
and author of the book “Verdrink geen dooie eend”. The subject of her talk was: “De Kunst van de
Beminnelijke Doeltreffendheid” (The Art of Amiable Effectiveness). Marry
spoke about her career as a woman in a men’s world. The most important
suggestions were: don’t waste energy on negative situations or sleepers –
“dead ducks” – and never underestimate the power of amiability.
As said, the Dutch Praatcafé is celebrating its 30th birthday this month, so it was also a very festive evening. Certain persons received a Praatcafé award, such as NRBC Treasurer Claudia de Regt for all she has done for the Praatcafé and the Dutch community in Rome.
We thank the organiser of the Dutch Praatcafé, Marius
de Gaay Fortman (and also his wife Sonneke), for the kind invitation and for a
great and inspiring evening, which was also the perfect occasion for meeting
new people and catching up with old friends!
Angela Mannaerts, President of
the NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club, had the honour to be invited by Samuel Pengel, Country
Manager Global Italy of Atradius, to participate in the event Women for Future organized by
the Marcegaglia Foundation.
Prominent personalities from
the entrepreneurial world met on Wednesday 2 October 2019 in an exceptional
location, the Italian Galleries in Piazza della Scala, one of the most
important museums in the central Milan area.
It was a special evening of
meeting, networking and solidarity in favor of the Marcegaglia Foundation
projects, in particular the new ECD Early Childhood Development Center in Rwanda, a center that
will welcome 100 children from 3 to 6 years and their mothers for educational
activities and prevention of malnutrition.
The gala evening was also an
opportunity to present the cultural and educational projects implemented by the
Marcegaglia group on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of its activities.
Photo: Mrs. Angela Mannaerts
(President NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club and Mr. Johan O. Verboom
(Consul-General of the Netherlands in Milan)at the Women for Future event of the
On 26 September our Rome based member Eric van Craaikamp, Private Banker at SanPaolo Invest, co-organized an exclusive event at Palazzo Brancaccio “Sanpaolo Invest meets the companies: services and opportunities “, followed by a cocktail dinner.
Through the Private Wealth Management division of the Bank, useful services were presented exclusively to high level companies and their entrepreneurs as well professionals with undisputed ability who follow and advise these entrepreneurs and companies. This presentation was followed by the management’s launch of a new Private Equity Fund.
NRBC members Angela Mannaerts and Paolo Mascagna had the honour to be invited and wish to thank Eric for the possibility of participating in this successful and very interesting (networking) event.
Last Wednesday, NRBC Rome held its first event of 2019.
The very well attended evening was hosted by the Dutch Embassy’s Deputy
Ambassador, Mrs. Dewi van de Weerd, its Head of the Economic Department,
Claudia Pieterse, and the NRBC President, Angela Mannaerts.
Evert-Jan Breman, General Manager of Rabobank in Italy, held a
presentation with the title “Italian banks: A political or an asset problem?”
and Paolo Pizzoli, Senior Economist of ING in Italy, gave a presentation entitled
“Italy: Flirting with recession”. The presentations were followed by a lively
discussion with the participants, including representatives of other Embassies
and of Italian banks.
It was fascinating to look at this sector through the eyes of a banker
and a macro-economist. Some of the end conclusions were that the view on the
Italian banking system and its economy should not be too pessimistic: the amount of non-performing loans held by
Italian banks has been substantially decreased in the last years and Italy is
still, after Germany, the second largest manufacturing country of Europe.
We warmly thank Messrs. Breman and Pizzoli for their interesting lectures and Mrs. Dewi van de Weerd, Mrs. Claudia Pieterse and their colleagues of the Embassy for their hospitality.
the NRBC organized a meeting with the iconic women’s clothing designer from The
Netherlands before his show, that was part of the part of the international
fashion designers’ show of World of Fashion.
get-together, Addy will spoke about his career, his collections and his
feminine dresses, that are worn by stars all over the world and by members of
the Dutch Royal Family.
members and their guests attended subsequently the international fashion
designers’ show of World of Fashion, which started with Addy’s wonderful Out of
Africa collection. Addy found inspiration for such collection during the
journey to Uganda that he made after his good friend and muse, the singer and
TV personality Sandra Reemer, an Ambassador for the Liliane fund, had passed
was held in the beautiful Palazzo Brancaccio in Rome, a very elegant noble
palace built at the end of the 1800s.
Addy for the time he dedicated to us, his willingness to describe his career
and professional life to us and giving us the possibility to participate as
guests in the World of Fashion.
NRBC Florence organized for the Florence based members a very successful evening with Landmerk that took place in The Student Hotel in Florence. The presentation of Jordi Wiersma,
co-founder of Landmerk, turned, to the pleasant surprise of the participants, into a real…
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NRBC Florence organized for the Florence based members a very successful evening with Landmerk that took place in The Student Hotel in Florence.
The presentation of Jordi Wiersma,
co-founder of Landmerk, turned, to the pleasant surprise of the participants,
into a real workshop. Ideas were exchanged, new relationships were created as
well as collaborations around the activities of Jordi Wiersma and his
Landmerk is busy setting up a new training
course for professionals coming from the business world and for university
students and students in general. This fact gave the participants sufficient
material to think, suggest and discuss about during the animated dinner that
took place afterwards in the Bistrot of The Student Hotel. The participants
really appreciated brainstorming together and this was big fun!
We warmly thank Jordi Wiersma and his
colleagues of Landmerk for the stimulating evening and The Student Hotel
Florence for its hospitality!
We are pleased to announce the first Rome based NRBC evening of 2019 on 30 January next.
The evening, which will be hosted by the Dutch Embassy’s Minister, Mrs. Dewi van de Weerd, its Head of the Economic Department, Claudia Pieterse, and the NRBC President, Angela Mannaerts, will concentrate on the banks.
Evert-Jan Breman, General Manager of Rabobank in Italy, and Paolo Pizzoli, Senior Economist of ING Bank in Italy, will hold a presentation, in addition to representatives of probably one or two Italian banks.
Please note the date in your agenda and more information will follow in January.
We wish you a wonderful New Year and look forward to toasting with you to 2019!
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