Embassy, Consulate-General, Consulates and NBSO's, India

Interviews

The most valuable business advice comes from those people that have experience in the field. With this thought in mind, we started this ongoing series of interviews with Dutch professionals that have worked in India.

Astrid Zuurbier, Senior Policy Officer at the NWO, spent half a year in India to set up a brand new programme. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has initiated a public-private Indo-Dutch Joint Research Programme for ICT, sponsoring eight projects in which scientists from India and The Netherlands will collaborate with companies such as Honeywell, Tata Memorial Centre, Tech Mahindra and Salland Electronics on projects in the area of Big Data, Internet of Things and Serious Gaming.

Decos is a Dutch software company with a mission to digitize the world. The company’s IT expertise is concentrated in their Decos Asia Innovation Centre, based in Pune, India, where 100+ Decosians create cutting edge software for global customers. Now Decos Asia is also offering Decos Solutions and Services to the Asian market.

Ellis Bartholomeus has been wandering in the land of designing behavior and motivation via play. She creates games through which a player learns understandings to cope with real life outside of the game, this is called gamification. She got intrigued by Indian’s societal challenges, her games target these challenges.

In 2006, Dutch company Lemnis Lighting company was established by Tendris Holding, which initiates, develops and invests in companies with market-oriented and sustainable solutions. Now, under the name NTL Lemnis, the company has become a subsidiary of its Indian counterpart. Their partnership is a good example of products with Dutch knowledge and technology being produced in India. We talked to NTL Lemnis’ General Manager Hidde Fockema Andreae to share his insights.

Johanna Höffken, Assistant Professor at the TU Eindhoven, is the project leader of the project “Developing and Implementing Smart Grids in India”. In 2014 the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) opened a call for proposals in the field of responsible innovation (MVI). The aim of this call is to broaden and deepen research, development and innovation by both exploring ethical and societal aspects of technological innovations at an early stage. Developing and implementing smart grids in India is the project that resulted from this call.

KF Bioplants, a joint-venture between Kumar Group and Florist Holland B.V., is the largest plant biotech company in India, providing floricultural & ornamental plants as well as seeds and seedlings. The company supplies 60 million plants annually for commercial cultivation in India and to more than 30 countries worldwide. With more than 20 years of experience on the Indian market, KF Bioplants can be seen as a true success story of an Indo-Dutch joint-venture!

MPS Systems BV is a manufacturer of advanced printing systems for the production of labels and flexible packaging. This niche within the packaging industry has a global growth of over 5%. Today the majority of this growth is realized in Asia.

TomTom empowers movement. Every day millions of people around the world depend on TomTom to make smarter decisions. We design and develop innovative products that make it easy for people to keep moving towards their goals. Best known for being a global leader in navigation and mapping products, TomTom also creates GPS sports watches, as well as state-of-the-art fleet management solutions and industry-leading location-based products. Our business consists of four customer-facing business units: Consumer, Automotive, Licensing and Telematics.

Dutchman Daniel Ben Ezra works as the country manager of Pro QC International’s India branch after having spent close to a decade in Hong Kong and China. The multinational third party quality control company provides a variety of quality solutions such as inspections, audits and certifications.

Over the years, Dutchman Frank Korf built up considerable experience in doing business with India. Building on this knowledge he set up WorldEmp to fill what he saw as a unique opportunity: Help SMEs in Europe find engineers and IT experts that are difficult to find at home; India offers a large pool of affordable, qualified, talented workforce

HydroThane STP, a Dutch group of companies specialized in waste water treatment, water recycling, and solid waste digestion for industrial applications has joined hands in April 2016 with United Envirotech, a Pune based environment engineering organization. United HydroThane India (UHIPL), the resulting JV, has been established with an aim to provide European technology in India and abroad.

Eight years ago, Maastricht University Medical Center started a program aimed at research partnerships with Indian players. We talked to MUMC’s Dorine Collijn and Jos Smits bout their experience in India.

Marlies Bloemendaal arrived in India in 2007, and is currently running a co-working space in the dynamic city of Mumbai. After having happily lived in Antwerp for fifteen years, Marlies was ready for a new challenge and, more importantly, for a warmer climate and palm trees. It was for this reason she decided to pack her bags and move to Mumbai. It was no surprise she chose this city, as she is the third generation in her family to spend time there. Her grandparents lived in Mumbai when her grandfather was an expat for the Port of Rotterdam, and her father made an overland journey by car from Delft to India in his 20’s and later visited Mumbai regularly while working for Boskalis. We visited Marlies in her office in Santa Cruz, Mumbai.

Nils Vernooij is a consultant with AZB & Partners, a leading law firm in India. Previously, he worked as an attorney in the Netherlands for several years. His specialisation is in mergers and acquisitions. Nils studied at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and Columbia University in the United States, and has been admitted to the bars of Amsterdam and New York. He lives with his wife Devyani Kacker and their daughter Meera in Mumbai.