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About us

Who We Are


At the Netherlands Business Council UAE (NBC) we connect people and knowledge, for the benefit of our members. As a close-knit business community we network, collaborate and inspire each other. We are here to support and represent your business interest in the United Arab Emirates. With over 225 members ranging from leading global companies and local businesses to SMEs and startups we are a member-driven, non-profit, non-governmental organisation of business professionals. Established in 1997 and licensed under the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, NBC is recognized by the U.A.E. authorities as the representative body of Dutch companies and individuals operating in the region.

Reasons to join NBC



The NBC is governed by volunteer Board Members. The elected professionals are committed to fulfilling the mission of NBC UAE.

Arnoud Govaert


Simon Scholte

Vice Chair

Gregory Kendall


Francesca Bouwman

Board Member

Anthony Dols

Board Member

Peter Van Der Linde

Board Member

Rita Jansen

Board Member

Stefanie Schachtschabel

Chair of DSG

3 Top Reasons to Join: 

  1. 1 - Connect with 225+ members including entrepreneurs, freelance professionals, managers and executives in a large variety of industries in the UAE.

  2. 2 - Extend your local business network opportunities at our 30+ events including monthly meetings with exclusive speakers and presentations, Entrepreneurs roundtables, Business to Business Lead Groups and other business and social events. 

  3. 3 - Increase your visibility in the region with our online member directory and your personal member information page.

Dubai Chamber

Combined efforts

The Netherlands is an important trading partner to Dubai, and relations between the two economies have gone from strength to strength in recent years thanks to the bilateral strategic cooperation agreements, high-level visits, and increased business exchange.

Bilateral non-oil trade amounted to $2.4 billion in 2019, marking a growth of over 33 percent compared to 2011. Meanwhile, the number of Dutch companies registered with Dubai Chamber has increased steadily to exceed 300, reflecting Dubai's position as a global hub for trade and investment.

This progress would not have been possible without the support of the Netherlands Business Council, which has done an outstanding job representing the Dutch business community in Dubai.

Dutch businesses are well-represented across various industries in Dubai and play a crucial role in supporting the emirate’s transition to a knowledge-based economy.  Much like the Netherlands, Dubai has positioned itself at the forefront of innovation, partly by securing global partnerships that have brought cutting-edge technologies to the market and driven economic progress.

We see the Netherlands as an ideal partner in this regard, while we also recognize the many synergies shared by Dutch companies and their counterparts in Dubai. Dutch businesses can offer their valuable expertise in sustainable solutions, while Dubai can provide the right competitive advantages and a business-friendly environment that can help them thrive and grow.

For its part, Dubai Chamber has been working closely with the Netherlands Business Council to promote and strengthen our cooperation through various initiatives. A strategic agreement signed by Dubai Chamber and the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce has advanced our ongoing efforts to build new partnerships between business communities in the Netherlands and Dubai.

Through our combined efforts, I am confident that we can take Dubai-Dutch trade ties to the next level, align our strategic ambitions and create a more prosperous future.


The team

The team is responsible for the day to day administration, marketing communication and organising the events and other member activities.

Danilyn Isla


Danilyn will manage the administration of the Netherlands Business Council. She is responsible for overseeing the office daily operations and is part of the social media team. She will answer telephone calls and emails, directing them to the relevant team members. 

Tanneke Egbers


Tanneke has been working with the Netherlands Business Council for the past eight years. Since february 2020 she has taken on the position of executive director. Within the Netherlands Business Council she is responsible for the overall management of the team, the operational systems, business development, and finance. She is the main contact person for the executive committee of the Netherlands Business Council and NL in business.

Bastiaan van Koppen


In addition to organizing the network events, Bastiaan is responsible for social media and event communication. He is also the Flexpool coordinator, an NBC service where NBC members can connect with local Dutch talents for flexible jobs in the UAE. 

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