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The Africa Business Club will provide you, as an entrepreneur, with a unique opportunity to network, interact and share their experiences on doing business in Africa. High-level speakers will share their insights and experiences through a Q&A led by a moderator from NABC including the dynamic audience.

Join us in an informal setting, have a drink and get inspired/ challenged by different stories. This will not only be a discussion, but as a participant you will have the chance, thanks to the atmosphere created by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, to have a more accessible and intimate interaction with the speakers on stage. 

Date: May 31st

Cost: NABC & SANEC Members – FREE // Non-members: €17.50 excl. VAT

Location: Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam. (Rotterdam Science Tower, 11th floor Marconistraat 16, 3029 AK)





Friso Visser - Regional Director Africa at Damen Shipyards

Friso Visser has worked for Damen Shipyards since 2003. From the outset, he has worked in the African sales department. During this time, Friso has been involved with numerous countries in Africa, although he now spends most of his time in the southern part of the continent. Friso has represented Damen during the establishment and execution of a profuse amount of contracts between private as well as public sector clients and, in addition to his position as a Regional Director Africa, is also a board member of Damen Shipyards Cape Town in South Africa.


Bob Horsman - Royal IHC

Bob Horsman currently works as the Regional Sales Manager at IHC Services in Kinderdijk. He has over 40 years of experience selling capital goods in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with a special focus on the Maritime Industry. Mr. Horsman is skilled in Operations Management, Country Management, Sales Management and Negotiation in six different languages. With that, he has full understanding of cultural differences in different continents.


Daan Vreeburg - Community & Insights Manager, NABC

Moderating the event is NABC's Daan Vreeburg. Daan has a passion for news, business trends and sharing knowledge; he is highly praised for setting up the Africa Insights Desk - a service which helps SME's find the right expert in Africa - and growing the NABC community. He is also the founder of WAKUU Suits, an African Apparel Company.




Marjolein van der Klaauw - Photojournalis

Marjolein is a Dutch photojournalist based in Amsterdam, currently doing research on entrepreneurship in East Africa. By documenting entrepreneurs she tries to give a better understanding of the daily life of an entrepreneur. She has had multiple exhibitions in Amsterdam, London and Berlin and aims to exhibit around the world. She works on commission for clients like The Volkskrant, Nationale Nederlanden, VICE, WeWork and creative agencies. With background in Cultural Anthropology and her interest in cultures and people, she treats the world as her playground.

Feel like asking these speakers a question? Fill out your question while registering! 




Practical information

The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) is the leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe. It empowers startups, SMEs, and corporates to transform their ideas into effective products. Fueled by their belief that entrepreneurship is the primary driver for innovation, the ECE strives to embed entrepreneurship in people's DNA! We couldn't be more excited to be hosted by the ECE during the first edition of this event, as their values align with the very nature of The Africa Business Club.


The Bavaria Bar: The Networking Room 


Event details

The Africa Business Club
From May 31, 2018
Till May 31, 2018
NABC events
Africa Business Club
Rotterdam, Netherlands