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On the 23th of April, NABC and Steward Redqueen will organise the Africa Business Club. The event will take place at the KIT (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen) in Amsterdam and all members are invited to join this networking and knowledge event.

The theme of the event is ‘Managing and measuring impact; the private sector in Africa’. In recent years we have seen a positive trend emerge of companies increasingly measuring their societal impact in Africa. On the one hand this helps companies obtain, maintain and strengthening their license to operate on the other hand these impact assessments help identify new business opportunities.

These developments will be elaborated on by two speakers. First Jacco Knotnerus (FMO) will share FMO’s experience with managing and measuring impact of its investments. Subsequently Suzanne Vlakveld (Dadtco) will talk about Dadtco’s impact in their value chain.

After this knowledge session, there is the opportunity to have a drink and to enhance your professional network.

You can register now using your MyNABC-account or you can create one new. We are looking forward to receiving you the 23rd of April in Amsterdam




15.30 - 16.00 - Arrival and Registration

16.00 - 17.20 - Speeches and Presentation

  • Welcome by Wouter Scheepens - Steward Redqueen, & Maryn Kleingeld - NABC
  • Introduction by Irene Visser - Managing-Director NABC
  • Jacco Knotnerus - FMO - "Managing and measuring impact of investments"
  • Suzanne Vlakveld - Dadtco - "Impact measurement in the value chain"
  • Closure

17.25 - 19.00 - Networking Drinks

Master of ceremony: Wouter Scheepens


Jacco Knotnerus - Director Corporate Strategy FMO: Responsible for the integrated reporting cycle, which includes strategy setting, annual business planning, result measurement (development impact, financial) and marketing & communications. Manage team of 20+ employees.




Suzanne Vlakveld - Value Chain Manager Dadtco: Organization and management cassava supply chain, communication and product development.




Irene Visser - Managing Director NABC: Since April 1, Irene has been working for NABC as Managing-Director. Irene believes in the potential of Africa. Home to the world’s last vast spaces and wildernesses, the world’s largest natural resource reserves and a young and dynamic population, Africa represents the future. she has spent her career in Africa, focusing on Investment Facilitation and Policy Reform. Working as a consultant (KPMG and independent) and Program Manager (IFC – World Bank’s Investment Climate Team for Africa), she has helped Private Sector and Governments translating potential into reality. Irene's main ‘fame’ is in the tourism industry where she steered Mozambique’s policy instruments (strategic plan, policy, regional plans etc) that still drive the sector today and where she led IFC’s Advisory Portfolio in the region, resulting in real investments and policy reforms. She has also substantial experience in other sectors (market /value chain studies in agribusiness, consumer products, energy) and as a seasoned marketing and PR professional thoroughly understand the importance of perception and communications. 

Wouter Scheepens - Partner Steward RedqueenWouter is one of the founders of Steward Redqueen. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of sustainability and impact management. He is an advisor to (multinational) companies and other organisations with a particular focus on the interaction between the corporate sector and society.

Before starting his own business Wouter worked for ABN AMRO Bank. He had several commercial and policy support positions. He was assistant secretary of the Managing Board, assistant to the chairman and later also worked as senior vice president of Brand & Reputation Management. His responsibilities included developing the Business Principles and he also initiated the bank’s strategic and structured approach to sustainability.

Wouter is a member of various boards including the Rafiki Orthopaedic Foundation and a sustainability advisory board in the financial sector. He is Chairman of the non-executive board of the WakaWaka Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to provide off-grid lighting solutions in developing countries.

Wouter has a law degree (Tilburg University) and post-doctoral Master’s degrees in Management and Organisation (TIAS/Tilburg University) as well as in Corporate Communications (Rotterdam Erasmus University). 


Practical information

Date: Thursday 23 April
Time: 15.30
Location: KIT (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen)
Address: Mauritskade 63, 1092 AD Amsterdam
Parking: At location
Language: English
Dress code: Business Casual
Registration period: until Tuesday 21 April


Downloadable Presentations:

FMO - Working towards our audacious goals

Dadtco - Cassave Processing


News on Impact Assessment in Africa

24-3-2015: Het Financieele Dagblad

Event details

Africa Business Club - April `15
From April 23, 2015
Till April 23, 2015
NABC events
Africa Business Club
Amsterdam, Netherlands