30th anniversary of the Dutch Praatcafé in Rome

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On 24 October 2019, 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.

Marry de Gaay Fortman


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 during the last 20 years.

Mr. Marius de Gaay Fortman and Mrs. Claudia de Regt

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! 

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Women for Future

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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 Italian 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 Marcegaglia Foundation.

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Sanpaolo Invest meets the companies: services and opportunities

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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.

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