[2015-02-15] – JETRO Amsterdam, DUJAT and NCH joint seminar ’Invest in Japan’


JETRO Amsterdam, DUJAT and NCH joint seminar ’Invest in Japan’.


Japan is since decades known for its quality products that are exported all over the world. Japanese companies are also very well present all over the world through own local manufacturing and trading companies, R&D centres and logistic operations.

However, investing in Japan itself can be also very rewarding – and there are great examples to proof this.
At this seminar “Invest in Japan”, organized by JETRO, DUJAT and NCH, we will inform you on the merits of having your company physically present at one of the most sophisticated and affluent societies in the world, and close to world-class manufacturing facilities and R&D centres.


  • Date: Thursday February 5, 2015
  • Venue: REGUS WTC Amsterdam
  • Regus WTC (8F of H-Tower, Zuidplein 36, 1077 XV Amsterdam)
  • Seminar will be in English
  • Admission is FREE of Charge (Limited seats)
  • Registration: send an email to suzuki@dujat.nl



14.30 –                   Registration

15.00 –                   Welcome by Mr. Geert Jan Mantel, Chairman of DUJAT

15.05 – 15.30         Introduction by Mr. Masakazu Tachikawa, President of JETRO Amsterdam

15.30 – 15.55         Keynote speech by Mr. Jan Siemons (Managing Director of NCH) including the feed back of his Japan trip together with States visit to Japan in October 2014 etc.

15.55 – 16.10         Break

16.10 – 16.35         Presentation by Mr. Arno Van De Ven, Senior Vice President New Business Ventures at Corbion

16.35 – 17.00         Presentation by Mr. Robert Kirschbaum, Sr. Advisor to the CTO

17.00 – 17.20         Roundtable discussion by all speakers and participants

17.20Closing remarks – DUJAT (Radboud Molijn)

17.20 – 18.20         Network drinks

18.20                      End of the program


About the co-organizers:

JETRO: JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO’s core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximizes their global export potential.

website: http://www.jetro.go.jp/netherlands/

NCH: NCH, founded in 1946, is a hands-on non-profit, non-governmental organization with a private network, providing ample possibilities for Dutch and foreign companies to strengthen their trade and investment relations.  The NCH consists of 35 “business councils”, all driven by entrepreneurs and supporting its many members. The NCH aims to support Dutch entrepreneurs in all aspects with their efforts to expand their business internationally.  NCH’s services include matchmaking activities, organizing Holland Pavilions during international trade shows and organizing trade missions, providing strategic location comparisons, assisting in the search for agents, distributors and partners, plus offering support with any other specific issues concerning international trade and investment.

website: http://www.handelsbevordering.nl/

About speakers:

Jan Siemons

Managing Director of the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion (NCH)


Jan Siemons is the Managing Director of the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion (NCH; het Nederlands Centrum voor Handelsbevordering).  Jan is specialized in the field of corporate real estate management, trade and investment promotion, international corporate relocation strategy, financial feasibility, and location and site selection studies. 
Over 20 years Jan has a broad international experience in cross border projects for a wide range of companies, partly as program manager and in most cases as the responsible partner for the quality of deliverables in the field of real estate and relocation. Next to business strategy development, his expertise covers the areas of corporate real estate management, real estate finance, supply chain management, incentive negotiations, site selection and project management for shared services, call centers, Research & Development, distribution centers and production facilities.

Arno Van De Ven

Senior Vice President New Business Ventures at Corbion


Corbion:  bio based solutions, designed by science, powered by nature, and delivered through dedication. Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, and a leading company in functional blends containing enzymes, emulsifiers, minerals and vitamins. Since 2008, Arno has made over the past 10 years in a broad range of business, business development, innovation and leadership in the various positions e.g. Vice President of Chemical & Pharma, and Vice President of New Business Venture of Purac, predecessor of present Corbion.  He has done transform the company over many years and has specifically positioned Corbion in a unique position to grow further in the field of Bio plastics and other Bio based Innovation areas.

Rob Kirschbaum

Sr. Advisor to the CTO of DSM and former Vice President Open Innovation at Royal DSM


From 1997, Rob was in charge of the DSM New Business Development Corporation.
In this Corporate “Incubator” several early phase commercial
activities and new ventures were combined to grow into sustainable businesses.
In 2006 the NBD Corporation was integrated into the DSM Innovation Center.
Until 2009 he fulfilled the role of Vice President Innovation, focusing on the DSM cluster of Performance Materials. April 2009 he was assigned as VP Open Innovation of DSM.
In May 2010 he received the prestigious Giulio Natta Award and he enjoys a visiting lectureship on Corporate Venturing and Entrepreneurship at the ESADE (Barcelona) and the Erasmus University/RSM (Rotterdam).