NRBC Florence evening with Landmerk in The Student Hotel

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 colleagues.

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!

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Rome 22 May 2017 – how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area and stimulate the local economy

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On May 22, 2017, the NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club, organized, in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rome, a very interesting and successful networking evening at the residence of his Excellency, Ambassador Joep Wijnands.

The topic of the evening was be how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area and stimulate the local economy.

We are honored that we had the following important speakers among us:

– Frank Uffen, Director of Partnerships of The Student Hotel (TSH). TSH is currently the most active Dutch real estate developer in Italy. Mr. Uffen illustrated us shortly how concepts like TSH (hybrid hotel/student residence) can stimulate the economy in a city district. The Student Hotel is currently working on new locations in Bologna, Florence and Rome.

– Carlo De Vito, President of FS Sistemi Urbani (the real estate company of the Italian railways). Mr. De Vito showed us redevelopment proposals of the seven “railway areas” in downtown Milan from various international architecture firms, including Mecanoo, a well-known Dutch architecture firm based in Delft, the Netherlands.

 Alessandro Belli, Head of Tourism Real Estate of CDP Investimenti SGR S.p.A. Mr. Belli presented briefly the role of his fund management company (which is owned by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA, ACRI and ABI) as a potential partner for (i) the Italian public administrations (in order to boost tourism by investing in infrastructure), (ii) hotel management companies (to support growth through the separation of Opco’s/Propco’s and to favor new openings), and (iii) institutional investors (to jointly invest in tourism real estate).

– Paolo Desideri, partner of the architectural firm ABDR. Prof. Paolo Desideri shared three innovative projects realized by his firm in Italy, among which the new high-speed railway station of Rome Tiburtina. NRBC member Gijs Pyckevet, who works at ABDR, has actively participated in the design of this project.

– Adolfo F.L. Baratta, Associate Professor in Architecture Technology, Department of Architecture of the Roma Tre University. Prof. Baratta gave us a brief overview of the development of the Erasmus program in numbers of students moving within Europe in relation to student housing available in the various European cities and the Italian legal framework for the (co)financing of student residences.

Slides of the speakers’ presentations can be requested by sending an e-mail to:

The NRBC thanks Ambassador Wijnands and his wife Carmen for their hospitality and having contributed in a major manner to a very successful and wonderful evening at their residence in Rome.

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Pecha Kucha NRBC Networking evening in Florence on May 24th!

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With reference to the “Save the Date” we sent out earlier, we are happy to confirm the details of the next networking evening that will be held in Florence on Tuesday May 24th!

Theme: What is the goal of the NRBC and who are its members?

The idea is that every present member will give a short introduction of him/herself and his/her work in the English language. MAX time per person is 3 minutes, similar to the Japanese method called Pecha Kucha!

Following the Pecha Kucha introductions, Angela Mannaerts (President) and Godelieve Cooymans (Vice President) will explain the objectives and the future of the NRBC.

The evening continues with a typical Italian Apericena

Time: 19.00 hours

Ristorante – Gin bar ‘I CINQUE SENSI’
Via Pier Capponi 3/Ar
50132 Firenze – Italia
Tel +39 055 5000315
Visualizzazione ingrandita della mappa
Navigator GPS: 
Lat. 43,779087 – Lng. 11,267903

We will have two rooms at our disposal, including a covered terrace, where, in case of good weather, we can enjoy our Apericena!

Fees per person: € 25.00 all in for members and € 35.00 all in for guests.
If still due, you may consider to take the opportunity to provide for the settlement of your annual fee at the entrance (€ 35,- per person for 2016).


We look forward to seeing you in Florence! 

RSVP before or on Friday, May 20th, sending an e-mail to:

The location disposes of a garage parking for up to 4-5 cars.

Public Transport:

The buses that pass close to the location are buses 11 and 17, leaving from the Central Station. Get off at the Piazza Savonarola stop and then just take a 5 minutes’ walk (cross the square diagonally and then continue until halfway the Via Pier Capponi).

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Kings day celebration in Rome

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Kings day celebration for all Dutch people in Rome and surroundings in the middle of the nature but nearby Rome, with:

  • Dutch treats i.e. pannenkoeken, stroopwafels, poffertjes, bitterballen
  • Vrijmarkt i.e. books, dvd, toys
  • Dutch games as koekhappen, ezeltjeprik, spijkerpoepen

Furthermore: activities and games with donkeys for adults and children with Damiano Biscossi of the Donkey project.

From 15:00 until 18:00 o’clock. Dress code: orange!
Registration needed before 20, please indicate the number of people (adults and children), and eventual interest in a sellers place at the Vrijmarkt.

Entrance fee: € 12, 50 p.p.

Did you already renew your NRBC membership for 2016?
In that case, you only pay €7, 50!

We will provide the registration desk with the updated member list.

The Kings day celebration will not be canceled in case of bad weather.
Organization: Nederlands-Italiaanse VerenigingNRBC, the Dutch School in Rome ‘t Kofschip.
Supported by the Dutch Embassy, the Friezenkerk, the Dutch Praatcafé in Rome and

When: Saturday 30 April 2016 at 15:00 hours
Where: La Fattoria di Chiara e Arianna
Via del Cantelmo 43
5 minutes from the GRA, exit Pisana

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NRBC Evening in Florence Monday 14 December with Emanuele Amodei of the ELIA European League of Institutes of Arts

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Our guest speaker, Mr. Emanuele Amodei, Ambassador of the City of Florence on behalf of the ELIA European League of Institutes of Arts based in Holland.

The presentation was followed by a nice Christmas diner.

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NRBC evening in Rome 19 November 2015 Communication: Improve your image staying true to yourself

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On November 19th, 2015, in Rome we welcomed Karin Jironet, co-founder of InClaritasand Juliette Kouters and Renee van Zandvoort of Imago Su Misura.

Karin Jironet
She is co-founder of InClaritas, a foundation for future governance, that guides global organizations towards greater cohesion, harmony andimpact and specializes in applying spiritual principles to the problems of modernity, as these can be found in boardroom dynamics. Among her clients she can count on important banks as ABN-AMRO, ING, and the Dutch Central Bank.
Dr. Jironet is an internationally published author of articles and books onnew approaches to organizational development as well as on the daily practice of leadership.

The Art of Personality
People around the world tend to agree that personality is not restricted to outer expression only, but, that personality flows forth from within. It is when you express yourself coherently with your inner feeling of ‘me’ that makes others perceive you as authentic. In this workshop we will play with ways of bridging your inner life and images of yourself with its outer expressions.

Imago su Misura
Juliette Kouters and Renee van Zandvoort of Imago Su Misura offer a wide variety of services to enhance your personal style, color, identity and image.Imago Su Misura offers consultancy services as well is functioning as aninternational training institute. Online and offline. They focus on the people within companies and organisations.

Do you work in your outfit, or does your outfit work for you?
Research proves that clothing has an effect on the psychological mindset. Someone who is formally dressed, feels more competent, creative and rational than his colleagues in casual outfits.
During this lecture you will learn how you can make your identity and qualities visible in your clothing.
How would it be if your clothes and image express who you truly are?

After the presentations there was time to personally talk with them enjoying a rich Italian Apericena.

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