About Us

TradeCounsellors

TradeCounsellors meetings provide an excellent opportunity to learn while networking with others in the trade community. The Club has regular meetings which feature noted experts who make presentations on (inter)national trade topics. The Club also organizes skill sessions and seminars to provide in-depth information on very specific issues of interest to our members and visits to companies to enable business opportunities.

Marion Verboom, Executive Director

Marion Verboom

Founder and Executive Director of the TradeCounsellors.

Marion Verboom studied Educational Technology at the University of Utrecht. After 10 years of working as an account manager, she moved abroad. For the UN in Jordan she worked as a project manager. In Turkey she studied Psychology and in the United States she taught Dutch to diplomats.

As of 2013 she has her own company: Seaside Services that helps people and companies with organizational cases.

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Advisory board

Tjerk Opmeer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tjerk Opmeer

Since februari 2015 Tjerk is responsible as Deputy Director International Enterprise Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands. He is dealing with economic diplomacy, creating a top class sytem for promotion of international trade & investments - especially for SME’s – and coordinating trade promotion efforts together with other ministries, major cities and regional partners.

Before, he was manager at the Netherlands Entreprise Agency (RVO.nl) and had different positions in the Ministry of Economic Affairs (political section, trade policy) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NL PermRep to EU)

Tjerk studied Political Sciences, with a specialization in International Relations in Amsterdam and Aix-en-Provence and followed a summer school in micro-economics at the Londen School of Economics.

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Suzanne van Tilburg, Rabobank

Suzanne van Tilburg

Suzanne van Tilburg has served for the Netherlands diplomatic service in Dutch Embassies worldwide, a.o. in Kiev, Ukraine and Washington D.C.

In 2008 she became one of the first ever EU advisors to Dutch MP’s in the Dutch House of Representatives on agriculture, health and development cooperation.

In 2010 she returned to the diplomatic service as Head of the Agricultural Department at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Moscow.
Back again in the Netherlands, she coordinated the internationalisation of the Dutch Topsector Agri & Food as Program Manager until 2015.

As of May 2015, Suzanne van Tilburg is working at Rabobank, world’s leading Food & Agri bank. From this position she connects Rabobank’s international food & agri strategy, Banking4Food, to the food security agenda of Dutch and foreign governments. She is also responsible for the corporate affairs coordination within Rabobank regarding international public-private events.

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Elbert Waller, KPMG

Elbert Waller

Elbert has 27 years of experience with KPMG in the Netherlands, mainly in the areas of international relations, trade & investment promotion and multidisciplinary advice related to corporate cross-border/international client activities. Since December 1, 2015 he is a Director at Meijburg & Co, reporting directly to the Chairman of the Managing Board.

During his time at KPMG NV (1988 – 2015) Elbert was responsible for the Thought Leadership of KPMG Netherlands regarding developments in international markets and ensuring that KPMG NL responded adequately to these developments in terms of information and the services to be provided to KPMG clients.

Elbert has specific experience with advising foreign-based companies in the Netherlands, especially with regard to corporate location selection and Greenfield startups. He also has considerable experience in assisting Dutch companies with addressing and resolving issues related to their activities in emerging markets, by involving the appropriate KPMG service lines and specialists. Between 2000 – 2008 Elbert was responsible for the functioning of the Country Desks at KPMG Netherlands, reporting directly to the Chairman of the KPMG Board of Management.

Elbert subsequently initiated and established the Emerging Markets Group at KPMG Netherlands, in co-ordination with KPMG Europe. He was also the initiator of the KPMG Dutch Connectivity Network, the Global Business Development Network of the Dutch KPMG Professionals abroad. Elbert has developed an excellent external network with intermediaries involved in trade & investment promotion (investment agencies, employers federations, bilateral chambers, banks, ministries, embassies).

Specialization

  • External relations (especially relationship development with intermediaries (employers’ federations, investment agencies, bilateral chambers, banks, ministries, embassies)
  • Cross-border business development and international geographic expansion
  • Holland Branding (communication regarding the Netherlands as an investment destination)
  • Extensive knowledge of the global KPMG Network

Education and memberships

  • Master in European Law, Leiden University
  • Member of the Policy Committee of AmCham in the Netherlands
  • Member of “Platform Europe”, (Dutch companies EU affairs professionals)
  • Vice President Netherlands − India Chamber of Commerce and Trade
  • Member of the Board Diwali Foundation Amstelveen
  • Languages: Dutch, English, French, German

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Angélique Heijl, Deputy director international economic affairs

Angelique Heijl

Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland

Angélique Heijl is within the international affairs team of VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland responsible for trade promotion, economic diplomacy, the contacts with the internationalization teams of the nine key sectors (‘topsectors’) of the Dutch economy and Holland Branding. She is also responsible for the bilateral economic relations between the Netherlands and the countries in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Earlier she was in the communication department of VNO-NCW responsible for contacts with the press. She started her work at VNO as a secretary of the board.

Angélique studied law at the universities of Antwerp and Louvain in Belgium.

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Philip Hammerstein, Commercial Specialist at the U.S. Embassy

Philip Hammerstein

Philip Hammerstein is a Commercial Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands. Philip is focused on the development of trade between the Netherlands/Europe and the United States. He cultivates and maintains relationships and networks, identifies stakeholder opportunities, formulates and implements strategies, and facilitates negotiations that increase export-import relationships.

Philip introduces new-to-market and new-to-export U.S. companies to Dutch companies, with the objective of increasing business. His focus is on the ICT and Marine Tech sectors. He provides market information to U.S. exporters considering the Netherlands as an export market, and helps existing exporters increase their business activities in the Netherlands.

In addition to assisting U.S. exporters, Philip is also the first point of contact at the U.S. Embassy for Dutch companies looking to invest in the United States, through the Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA Program. This initiative is focused on attracting foreign direct investment to the U.S. Philip helps Dutch companies with their investments in the U.S. and consults on location selection and practical challenges. Philip leads a delegation of Dutch companies to the yearly SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC to educate them on doing business in the United States.

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