The Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce of the Washington Metro (NACCWM) in Partnership with the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce (DRCC) presents:
The Netherlands as a Springboard for Europe: High Tech and Cyber Security companies
A Breakfast Panel Event
The Dutch invented Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, the CD, and the DVD. The Netherlands has a rich history of innovation and is ranked No. 4 on the Global Innovation Index.
The Netherlands, as one of the most wired countries in the world, is the hotspot for leading information and communications technology companies. Holland’s state-of-the-art, 100% digital, advanced fiber-optic network and competitive business climate support a strong community of startups and global IT companies. In fact, 60% of Forbes 2000 companies in the IT industry have already established operations in Holland, and there are landing programs to support small, medium and large enterprises to navigate the local business communities.
The cybersecurity market in the Netherlands is growing at a rapid annual pace of some 14.5 percent. Of the 66,000 IT companies in Holland, 3,600 have cybersecurity as their core business and more than 2,500 sell cybersecurity products and services.
Our speaker will provide an introduction on how to use the Netherlands as a springboard for expanding your business in Europe. Panel members will discuss their experiences and challenges. This is a forum where you can ask experts about your challenges and options.
7:30 am Registration & Networking
8:00 am Panel discussion
9:00 am Program Ends
CHRIS VAN VOORDEN – DIRECTOR FOREIGN INVESTMENTS AT INNOVATIONQUARTER NETHERLANDS
Chris Holds a Master in Business Administration (1998) from the Erasmus University Rotterdam (and partly at McGill University, Montréal). He started his career in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Worked for Organon (part of Akzo Nobel) for six years in various (international) marketing & sales roles in the Netherlands and Spain. Chris moved to Nutricia Medial Nutrion (first part of Royal Numico, later of Danone) in 2005 and worked for Nutricia for six years in global marketing management roles.
After a postgraduate study of International Affairs in 2011 at Clingendael (Netherlands institute of international relations), Chris moved into the field of regional economic development. First as Managing Director of Science Port Holland, being responsible for marketing and acquisition for various science parks in Rotterdam and Delft. Secondly, as of 2014 as director Foreign Investments (and part of the management team) responsible for the attraction of Foreign Investments for the Province of Zuid-Holland, within the regional economic development agency InnovationQuarter. Currently in this role.
RYAN LEIRVIK – PRINCIPAL AT GRIMM
Ryan is a Principal at GRIMM, a boutique cybersecurity consultancy. He has spent the better part of two decades enhancing information security programs at the world's largest institutions. Before joining Grimm, Ryan was a Chief of Staff and an Associate Director of Cyber for the Secretary of Defense, as well as a cybersecurity strategy consultant with McKinsey&Company. Ryan started his technology career at IBM, has a Masters of IT from Virginia Tech, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University. He has won CTF competitions, spoken at DEF CON, and developed a framework for increasing services and advanced capabilities for a large cyber threat intelligence and analysis exchange.
CARLOS A. FERNANDES, MANAGING PRINCIPAL/CEO, AGILE CYBERSECURITY SOLUTIONS, LLC
Carlos Fernandes serves as Founder and CEO at Agile Cybersecurity Solutions (ACS), a veteran-owned company, providing cybersecurity consulting services to state, local, Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC) and commercial client relationships. With over 29 years of intensive and progressive experience in information security, Fernandes is an accomplished seasoned security professional with expert level experiences in Cybersecurity.
In his role, Fernandes is responsible for developing and implementing overall Cybersecurity strategies including efforts related to the concept of "Precognition" and “Precognitive Capabilities”, a focused approach to PREDICTING, PREVENTING and PERSISTING against cyber incidents, anytime and from anywhere. Fernandes brings over a decade of experience in International project management supporting U.S. Government customers including CIA, ODNI, NRO, NSA, DISA, DIA, and DHS. Prior to his role in Cybersecurity, Fernandes served in the United States Air Force, as an Intelligence Applications Officer with a tactical mission during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Throughout his career, Fernandes has provided expert leadership to complex security-related engagements (CNO, CNE, CNA) analyzing project problems and engineer creative solutions, having held senior positions at Salient, CACI, L-3, Booz Allen Hamilton, and EDS.
Fernandes is currently serving as a Cybersecurity subject matter expert and trusted advisor at the newly formed Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
RENATO TURELLI - DIRECTOR NFIA
Working for the Dutch Government, Renato advises and assists U.S. companies with the launch, expansion or consolidation of their European operations in the Netherlands. Providing comparative data and intense guidance on: legal & tax matters, policy, market access, logistics, site selection, real estate, labor, expat issues etc. Aside from ensuring a ‘soft landing’ for these companies he also supports the needs of current investors in the Netherlands.
ULRICH MANS – SENIOR ADVISOR FOR INNOVATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR THE NETHERLANDS MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS AND CLIMATE POLICY
Ulrich is based in Washington D.C. and is Senior Advisor for Innovation, Science and Technology for the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. He follows digital technology trends in the US and facilitates new partnerships between business, science and governmental organizations on (pre-competitive) technologies. He focuses on innovations in the field of cyber security, quantum, AI, blockchain, 5G, robotics and autonomous systems. Ulrich has a background in innovation management in higher education and international relations. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Amsterdam and an MA in International Development Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen. In the past he has worked on tech policy and innovation for a variety of organizations, including the EU Delegation in in the United States, Leiden University’s Centre for Innovation, the Clingendael Institute, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam.
JATINDER KAUR KHOSLA, BUSINESS INVESTMENT MANAGER FOR EUROPE, FAIRFAX COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Jatinder joined the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) in March 2008. In her current role, she is responsible for bringing foreign direct investment from Europe into Fairfax County, Virginia, and overseas the operations of the FCEDA’s office in Berlin. Jatinder has also worked with a number of international companies located in Fairfax County to help them develop their business activities. She has worked with companies from the Information Technology, Telecommunications, Life Sciences, Defense and Aerospace sectors. Jatinder is active member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council since 2012 and serves on its international committee. She also serves on the board of the Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce Washington Metro. Her areas of expertise include economic development, strategic planning, marketing, business development, market strategy, market communications and community development. Jatinder graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management.
Our event sponsors:
InnovationQuarter is the regional economic development agency for West Holland. Our mission is to strengthen the regional economy in West Holland by stimulating the innovation potential of this unique delta region. In close co-operation with major local corporations, educational and research institutions – like the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Delft University of Technology and Leiden University – as well as government organizations, InnovationQuarter supports technological developments with social impact, encourages entrepreneurship and invests in fast-growing companies.
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority helps businesses -- of all sizes, from diverse backgrounds and from all over the world -- thrive with market intelligence, site selection assistance and business investment services. We also are a liaison to our county and state governments. And we offer these services free of charge.