Jan-Lamber Voortman is Principal Partner at Davinci and CEO of Davinci software, s.r.o. During 20 years of successful experience in the financial industry providing project consultancy to clients, managing new business opportunities and implementing strategic goals, Jan-Lamber has developed a strong track record of performance at high-paced organizations. From 2005, Jan-Lamber began to focus mainly on the consumer banking sector and realized several projects of a pioneering nature that drove organizational improvements at international banks such as Rabobank, SNS bank and ING bank. In response to the growing customer portfolio of Davinci, Jan-Lamber co-founded a software development venture in Bratislava in the summer of 2008. Under his guidance, Davinci software, s.r.o. brought many innovative ideas to the financial sector in the Netherlands, strengthened its role within the successful Davinci group and started developing business opportunities in Slovakia.
In addition to standing in for the chamber president, I am primarily responsible for coordinating our activities with other foreign chambers of commerce in Slovakia. Every year our chamber organizes a number of interesting events with our peer chambers. These include field trips to companies operating throughout the country, speed business meetings and business breakfasts. Teaming up with other chambers of commerce helps to broaden the scope of events and enables our members to get in touch with companies not present normally at our events. We also intend to join forces for initiatives such as the joint Investment Survey. Although the calendar for the reminder of the year is already filling up, we are always looking for new ideas. So if you have any, please let us know!
Bart Waterloos studied Applied Economy at the University of Antwerp and was awarded an Master Degree in International Accounting and Auditing from the University of Gent, which included two foreign study stays of three months in Cork, Ireland and Gotheborg, Sweden. He joined VGD-Belgium in 1998 after working for KPMG-Belgium for one year. He moved to the VGD Prague office in the summer of 1999. He is currently partner of the VGD-AVOS Bratislava office (where he moved in April 2004). He has been registered as an auditor with the Belgian Chamber of Auditors for 5 years and also obtained a Slovak audit licence at the end of 2010. He speaks Dutch (native speaker), English, Slovak, and has a good understanding of French and German.
Elena Májeková is a board member at Union poisťovňa, a.s. and Union zdravotná poisťovňa, a.s. At Union poisťovňa, a.s. she is responsible for non-life insurance, which includes property insurance, motor insurance and liability insurance for legal entities and private individuals. Elena manages healthcare purchases (contracts with healthcare facilities), revision and control activities, and product development at the health insurance company. Elena originally worked as a project engineer in the building industry and has worked in the insurance industry since 1992, where she has gained extensive experience in a number of different positions. For the third successive election period, Elena holds the position of Chairman of the Slovak Nuclear Insurance Pool, which insures nuclear risks in Slovakia and worldwide. Elena graduated in civil engineering from the Technical University in Bratislava.
Ab Olde-Scheper, born in Helmond in The Netherlands in 1970, is director and founder of Dolphin Slovakia. This Bratislava based company provides springwater and coolers for business throughout Slovakia. Dolphin was founded in 1999 and Ab lives in Bratislava since 2013 after living 7 years in London, UK. He was formaly president of consecutively the Dutch (AWCN) and European Bottled Water Association (EBWA), and is currently treasurer of the Slovak Water Cooler Association (SWCA). “As board member of the Netherlands Chamber of commerce in the Slovak Republic I will try to contribute to an improved business environment and networking facilities for Dutch entrepreneurs, meanwhile promoting Slovakia for company and business opportunities” thus Ab Olde-Scheper.Ab Olde-Scheper will be, among others, responsible for off- and online publications and web activities of the Chamber.
Zuzana Bartosovicova is a Partner at Hillbridges with domestic and international transactional experience primarily in international M&A and Project Finance. Zuzana practises as a Slovak lawyer and solicitor and qualified in England and Wales. Prior to establishing Hillbridges in 2008, Zuzana worked in the Linklaters Project Finance/Energy & Infrastructure Group in Bratislava and London. She speaks Slovak, English, Dutch, German, Russian and also some French. In her position as member of the Board, Zuzana plans to focus on activities aimed at improving the Slovak business environment, promoting transparency and accountability of public institutions and fighting corruption.
Beatrix has over 20 years of banking experience, mostly acquired at ING and Creditanstalt, in wholesale banking. Beatrix joined ING Bank in 2000 and is currently Director of Corporate Clients. Her experience in wholesale banking in Slovakia includes arranging and implementing financing transactions for major multinational and local companies in Slovakia and she has extensive experience in relationship building.Beatrix holds a university degree in economics and management from the Bratislava University of Economics, and has completed several courses on banking and corporate finance.
Danka is a Chief Executive Officer at Lugera - The People Republic. Her career is closely interconnected with the company - she began working at Lugera in 1998 as a Personnel Consultant. She participated in HR projects focused on foreign greenfield investments in the Manufacturing and IT sectors and training staff at a newly-established Lugera branch in Romania. Later on, she was appointed Manager of the Košice branch and in 2010, she took over as CEO. Since then, she has been managing the company with passion and helping people find their dream job. Lugera provides comprehensive HR solutions to companies allowing them to focus on their core business.
Marco den Dekker, born 11.01.1966 in The Netherlands, co-owner of QSR24h. QSR24h is a service provider specialized in quality assurance in automotive. The company has been founded in 2003 and has branches in Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland. Since 2009 Marco is living in Hurbanova Ves, a small village near to Senec together with his wife Zuzana and their 3 children. Formerly he has held positions as production manager, quality manager, SQA manager and site manager at Volvo Cars.
The little bit of free time that is left, he likes to spend with his family and on the “family” BMW motorcycle with sidecar.
“The Dutch Chamber is unfortunately not really active in the automotive sector. Slovakia with 3 current OEM´s (Volkswagen, Kia, PSA) and one coming OEM (Jaguar) is one of the leading automotive countries in Europe. Here I see also potential for the Dutch Chamber as a great netwok tool for new contacts and business” – thus Marco den Dekker.
Paul van Dongen was born 25.04.1981 in the Netherlands. Since 2010 he has been working as Managing Director of the engineering and production company NMH s.r.o. NMH is the Slovak branch of the Heilig Group, an international manufacturing and industrial group with Dutch origins. Standing at the cradle of NMH’s establishment in Slovakia, he led the company towards obtaining the leading position of the country’s market for recycling lines, waste sorting facilities and other recycling equipment, serving customers all over the world. Over the past 10 years Paul has held several managing positions, mainly in companies focused on production, construction and installation. Throughout his career he gained expertise in team leading, project and operational management which he combines with a healthy set of technical skills. Furthermore, he is fluent in Dutch, English, Slovak and German.
Paul currently lives in Bratislava with his wife and two children. He loves the vibrant city life of Bratislava but also enjoys some relaxing time over a good glass of quality Slovak wine.
Rudolf Bakker was born in The Netherlands, 19.12.1967. Since 2003 he and his wife Gerlice are living in the Hannover region in Germany and they thave 4 children (16, 13, 10, 3). After studying Food Science and Technology at Wageningen University in The Netherlands, he started an international career in the Food Industry and worked for a.o. Dutch company Honig, Canadian potato-processor McCain Foods and US-ketchup giant HJ Heinz. Since 2007, Rudolf is working for Cloetta (formerly known as LEAF International), Dutch-Swedish company in the sugar confectionary industry, producing and marketing well-known (local) brands like RedBand, Venco, Läkerol, Malaco, Chewits in mainly Scandinavia, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, UK and Italy. As Managing Director/Supply Chain Director Slovakia, he has been leading the ramp up of the brand new candy factory in Levice (Nitra region – now 750 employees) in 2 different periods: 2007-2009 and 2012-now. In the intermediate period he was responsible for managing the ramp-down and closure of 3 Nordic Cloetta factories.
Having been a member of the Dutch Chamber already since 2007, Rudolf now would like to dedicate some of his precious free time to actively support the further development of the Dutch Chambers’ support to its’ members and would like to help to bring and organize more activities into the different regions of Slovakia.