Mr. China - Association of Dutch Businessmen

Mr. China - Association of Dutch Businessmen

November 2005

MITA 373/03/2001

Company profile:

IHC Holland

and NLP

Book review:

Mr. China





Dear Members of the ADB,

Another month has gone by and in front of you is yet again an issue of the ADB

Magazine. With the changes in layout from the magazine now more than a year

old, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the editorial committee for

their unfailing enthusiasm in getting a magazine of high quality ready for us

every month. On behalf of our members: your work is much appreciated!

Charlotte Ruegg

Back to ADB issues: the Asia Pacific Breweries tour was another successful event

with more than 40 members joining this company visit. We were treated to an

interesting presentation, a brewery tour and a visit to the Tiger Tavern…

As you can see the Board is trying to give you a wide spectrum of events to

enjoy: From presentations by high profile executives, to panel discussions and

company visits.

What is in store for November promises to be another event worth visiting. On

Wednesday November 16 (please mark your diaries!) Mr. Martin van der Linden,

a Dutch architect living in Japan, will come to the Hollandse Club to share a

presentation on ‘Workvitamins’ - or How a well designed office can lead to

improved productivity’.

We hope to see you all there!

Best regards,

Charlotte Ruegg

Bram Steenks

Frans van de Bospoort Wim Samlal Remco Muzerie Matthieu Quere Freddy Meindertsma

Edward Tonino


Vol.15 • No. 9 • November 2005

A monthly publication of the

Association of Dutch Businessmen


Bram Steenks

Frans van de Bospoort

Charlotte Ruegg

Wim Samlal

Edward Tonino

Remco Muzerie

Matthieu Quere

Freddy Meindertsma



Honorary Secretary

Honorary Treasurer








Wieteke Dijkxhoorn

Jeroen de Koning

Debby Reemers

Brigitte Velema

Lineke van Nederpelt

Barry Doesburg

Wil Kolen


Lineke van Nederpelt

Mailing Address:

c/o 22 Camden Park, Singapore 299814

Telephone: 9101 6201


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Editorial contributions for the next issue may

be sent or handed over to the ADB Secretariat,

before or on the day of the monthly ADB

meeting. The contents of this magazine are partly

based on information received from third parties.

The Committee does not take responsibility

for the correctness of the articles.


ADB company visit to Asia Pacific Breweries 3


Investment in residential property 4

in Singapore

Einstein’s Discovered Articles 6

and Today’s Science

IHC Holland Merwede 9

Create a Stress-Free Workplace 12

Who are they? 14


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MITA 373/03/2001

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Mr China by Tim Clissold 19



I love to work, as long as it is 22

the work that I love



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ADB company visit to

Asia Pacific Breweries

By Jeroen de Koning

Alan Gourdie

Adam Gerard

Peter Vullinghs, Johan Kooistra, Ronald Tomassen

Gerard de Jong, Edward van Leent, Rogier Post,

Ronald Schepers, Bart Voeten

On 17 October it was time for our almost traditional outing to APB

breweries. Ever popular with the ADB members this event is by

registration only as only a limited number can participate. Almost

50 ADB members registered for this years tour of the brewery and

of course some Tiger beer tasting. To make things even better this

year, APB had arranged transport from the ‘Hollandse Club to APB

in Tuas and back. After an initial Tiger beer at the club for reasons

of tasting comparison later on we boarded the bus at 17:30 to take

us to the brewery.

After the security check we were welcomed into the Tiger

Tavern, the closed thing in Singapore to a ‘bruin café’. While

comparing tasting notes of the Tiger beer served to us, we were

welcomed by Mr. Alan Gourdie, General Manager, Asia Pacific

Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Singapore, who told us that even

though relatively small compared to the Amsterdam brewery; the

Singapore brewery still brews a respectable one million hectoliters

per annum and he invited us to taste the freshest Tiger beer in

Singapore, straight from the source.

Next was a presentation by assistant brand manager Adam Gerard

about the global Heineken brand. Adam explained us the customer

vs brand models Heineken uses to approach the different markets in

the world for its global Heineken brand. The presentation was spiced

with some of the television adds Heineken is famous for.

After the presentation we were given a tour through the brewery.

Although the distinctive smell of brewing beer is still there, the

stainless steel kettles give the brewery a very industrial feel.

Interesting was the bottling area, thousands and thousands of cans

and bottles were racing through the area at high speed being

cleaned, filled, capped, labeled and packed. Apparently the

capacity and speed is not enough because a whole new filling and

bottling line is being built in the huge hall.

The tour ended in the Tiger tavern where a buffet was ready

for us, again accompanied by a fresh beer. On behalf of the ADB

members Remco Muzerie thanked Asia Pacific Breweries for their

hospitality and a very enjoyable evening. Till next year?!


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Investment in residential property

By Pamela Chong, Advocate & Solicitor

The recent changes in the law relating to real

property ownership in Singapore, such as changes

in the rules and regulations governing home loans,

CPF usage, and the relaxation of rules relating to

foreign ownership of real property in Singapore and

coupled with the current buoyant market sentiment

has led to substantial increased interest by

Singaporeans and foreigners alike in the Singapore

property market. In land scarce Singapore, subject

to issues relating to timing, market forces, location,

and tenure of the property, owning real estate

in Singapore is often viewed as a worthwhile


As the scope of real property transactions is

vast, this article will concentrate on transactions

relating to residential property, and serves merely

as a guide to foreigners wishing to purchase such

property in Singapore.

Types of residential property

Residential property in Singapore is divided into:-

a. Public housing, developed by the Housing

and Development Board (“HDB”), a statutory

board vested with large tracts of State Land

for development of low-cost housing for

Singaporeans and Permanent Residents under

various public housing schemes. The ownership

of such properties is not open to foreigners

per se and fairly stringent rules are set on such

purchase and ownership;

b. Private residential property, which is divided


• Landed property such as bungalow, semidetached

homes, terrace house, townhouses.

For permanent residents and foreigners, the

purchase of such properties are subject to

approval from the Singapore Land Authority

(Land Dealings Approval Unit). Upon

approval, fairly stringent rules are set on

ownership of such properties; and

• Non-landed property i.e. apartments. Where

such apartments offer full recreational

facilities, they are termed as being part of

a condominium development. Maintenance

charges are normally payable on a quarterly

basis by the owners to managing agents for

the general maintenance of the common

property of such developments. There are

no restrictions to foreigners on the purchase

and ownership of such properties.

Aspects of ownership of private

residential property in Singapore

Investors in real property in Singapore enjoy the

following advantages:-

(i) Tax offsets on rental earnings. Where the

property is leased to a third party, although

the owner will have to pay tax on the income

earned on the rental, the tax bill can be

reduced by the offset of the rental earned by

the amounts used to cover mortgage loan

repayments and interest, and other outgoings

and expenses related to the property.

(ii) No tax on capital gains on sale. There is no

capital gains tax in Singapore, i.e. tax charged

on profits made on sale of the property,

save and unless the profits are considered

“income” of the vendor by reason of his trade,

occupation, profession.

(iii) Exemption of estate duty. Upon death of the

owner, the estate of the deceased is exempt

from payment of estate duty on residential

property owned by the deceased up to a

maximum of $9 million.

(iv)Relatively affordable home loans granted by

local and foreign banks for the financing of the

purchase of property. Generally locals and

foreigners residing in Singapore enjoy the

same home loan interest rates and amounts

of financing available to the purchase of the


(v) Availability of use of CPF Funds. For those who

have opened an account with the Central

Provident Fund Board (“CPF”), and provided

they meet the criteria set by the CPF Board

for usage, the current rules enables the CPF

account holder to utilize monies which are

essentially “locked away” until retirement age,

for the purchase of property, repayment of the

mortgage loans and payment of stamp duty

and legal fees.


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in Singapore

Points to consider before embarking

on owning a property in Singapore

1. Identify the type of property that will suit your

purposes whether for occupation or purely for

investment. As in many countries, the price of

the property will depend on the size, location,

tenure (ie., freehold, leasehold and if leasehold,

the length of the lease), state and condition of

the property. Finding a good trustworthy real

estate agent/broker from a reputable agency

will help. The agent may have a ready portfolio

of properties and links with other agents whom

he/she may co-broke with. This may often

reduce the time required to “hunt down” the

desired property. The agent should also be able

to advise the purchaser on type, location and

size of the properties available based on the

budget set by the purchaser.

2. Minimum cash outlay is 5% of the purchase price

or the valuation of the property whichever is

the lower. The balance 95% of the purchase

price can be financed through a combination

of home loans and usage of CPF funds. Under

the Monetary Authority of Singapore guidelines,

the maximum amounts that the banks may

lend is 90% of the purchase price or valuation

of the property, whichever is the lower. The

maximum amounts that can be withdrawn from

the members’ CPF accounts as set by the CPF

Board, is 95% of the purchase price or valuation

of the property, whichever is the lower.

3. Stamp fees are payable by the purchaser on

purchase of property. The stamp fee payable

is based on the value of the property and is

calculated as follows:-

• 1% for the first $180,000;

• 2% for the next $180,000;and

• 3% for the amounts above $360,000

4. Property tax is payable on the property on an

annual basis. The tax rate is either 4% of the

annual value of the property if owner-occupier

concession rate is granted and 10% for those

whose ownership is considered for investment


5. Once the property is chosen, and an offer is

accepted by the seller, the purchaser will be

required to make a “down-payment” of sorts,

to ensure that the property is reserved for him

for a stipulated period of time. Where the

property is purchased from a developer and has

yet to be completed (“primary market”), the

usual downpayment is 5%. Where the purchase

is from the secondary market, whether the

property is a completed property or otherwise,

the usual downpayment is 1% of the agreed

price. This is normally termed as an “Option

fee”. If the purchaser decides to proceed with

the purchase, he will need to sign a contract as

an acceptance of the offer by the seller, together

with payment of a further portion of the agreed

price within a stipulated period. If the purchaser

fails to do so, the Option fee or a part of the

Option Fee will be forfeited by the seller and

the latter will be free to offer the property to

another party. Upon acceptance of the contract,

the parties have a binding and enforceable

agreement to complete the purchase and sale

of the property in accordance with the terms of

the contract within a certain period of time.

The period between such acceptance and the

completion date is essentially to enable the

purchaser to make arrangements, whether loan

financing or otherwise, to pay the balance of

the agreed price for the property and/or for

the developer/seller to procure that the

property is ready for occupation.

6. Seek the advice of a lawyer at the earliest

possible stage. The lawyer should be able

to advise on all of the above, negotiation on

behalf of the purchaser, review and advise the

purchaser on the terms of the Sale and Purchase

contract/Option to Purchase, and generally act

on the purchaser’s behalf in respect of all

necessary steps in the transaction.

Finally, as with all investments, it is always a

matter for the individual purchaser to exercise a

certain amount of care and prudence to make

any investment work for him/her.

Good luck and happy house-hunting!


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Einstein’s Discovered Articles

and Today’s Science By Rowdy Boeyink

This year it has been a century ago that Albert

Einstein published his theory of relativity. It

would be the beginning of modern science. This

year, the World Year of Physics, marks this

revolution in science with many activities in

Singapore and the rest of the world. One of them

was certainly not planned: the recent discovery

of several original papers of Albert Einstein.

Last month I received my

Master’s degree in physics after

having done eight months of

research. This research dealt

with the origins of quantum

theory and brought me to many

places. One of these places was

the professional library of Paul

Ehrenfest, who was professor in

theoretical physics in Leiden

between 1912 and 1933. He was

a good friend of men like Albert

Einstein and the Danish physicist

Niels Bohr. No one before me studied his library,

that is located in the Lorentz Instute for Theoretical

Physics in Leiden since 1984.

Between the magazines and journals I have

found more than sixty letters and articles, from

which three of Einstein. Together with Dirk van

Delft, chief science editor of the NRC Handelsblad,

I have written a page long article (at least in the

expat edition) about the discovery of

these articles and their importance

for the history of science. More than

eight hundred newspapers would

write about the days after its

publication on the 20th of August.

On the Monday morning after I even

saw a small article in the Straits

Times. Apparently, Einstein is still

an icon of modern science.

The 2001 Physics Nobel Prize

went to three scientists that based

their research on one of Einstein’s

theories. They realized an additional

state of matter: under extreme

cold conditions atoms do not line

up anymore as in a solids, but

they merge and form one big

superatom under the laws of

quantum physics. Later it would

be called the Bose-Einstein

Condensate and considered

Einstein’s last great discovery.

He predicted this exotic state

in an 1924 article, based on

the statistic methods of Indian

physicist Satyendra Nath Bose.

It is the handwritten 16-pages

long version of this article that I

found last July in Leiden. Einstein

probably gave his handwritings to his friend Paul

Ehrenfest as a souvenir in February 1925, when he

visited Leiden to give lectures.

Einstein’s work is still alive in today’s scientific

research. The 2005 Physics Nobel Prize was

awarded recently to one German and two American

physicists for their work in Quantumoptics. This

field in physics develops rapidly and has a promising

future in its applications in accurate clocks and

ultrafast computing. Albert Einstein was the first

to describe the strange Quantum behaviour of light

in 1905. He was awarded the Physics Nobel Prize

in 1921 for this explanation of the photo-electric


I created a special website dedicated to my

research to provide more information to the

Leiden Physics Faculty and the Utrecht Physics

Faculty, where I graduated in September. It turned

out to be a useful source for journalists; I am still

giving interviews for Singaporean radiostations

and British magazines. For me personally this

was a great experience and an unforgettable start

in Singapore.


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IHC Holland Merwede

IHC Holland Merwede focuses on the dredging

industry, marine industry and the foundation



IHC Holland Merwede’s Dredging division, IHC

Holland, is the world’s market leader in the

design, fabrication and supply of equipment

and services for the dredging and alluvial

mining industries. The company has built up

extensive know-how and experience through the

fabrication of thousands of dredgers. The company

serves 50% of the world market for dredging


Marine & offshore

The activities of the Marine & Offshore division

of IHC Holland Merwede are carried out by the

Merwede group of companies and comprise the

new building of ships, fitting out vessels with

exclusive interiors, marine repair work, the

manufacturing of non-standard industrial valves

and ship engineering. The new-building yard is

the largest part of the division.

Foundation & support

The Foundation companies within IHC Holland

Merwede design, fabricate, lease and sell advanced

equipment systems and extensive related services

for the construction of foundations in soil.

The Support companies service the other

members of the IHC Holland Merwede organisation

through the provision of strategic components and

products, also supply similar components and

services for other advanced applications in specific


IHC Holland Merwede’s customer base includes

large dredging companies, shipping companies,

offshore contractors and foundation companies.

IHC Holland Merwede employs more than 1,800

people within its production locations in

Kinderdijk, Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Sliedrecht,

Delfgauw, Goes and Ljubljana (Slovenia).

500 million Euro turnover was accomplished

in 2004. The company also has employees located

in Asia and the Middle East. In Singapore two

business units are represented, IHC Hydrohammer

B.V and IHC IHC Parts & Services B.V.

IHC Hydrohammer B.V. is

a part of the IHC Holland

Merwede Group organized

under the Foundation &

Support division. In 1985 IHC

Hydrohammer introduced the

first hydraulic pile driving hammer (Dutch: Hei

blok) on the market. Since then over 400 hammers

have been sold world wide. Currently we have

a staff of 40 people in the head office in

Kinderdijk, the Netherlands, where the hammers

are manufactured and developed.

Yearly turn over amounts to over 20 million Euro.

What is unique about the Hydrohammer ® is that

it can also drive piles under water (sub sea) and

that it can drive at 100% of its capacity in all

possible orientations. These features make us a

real niche player in the piling equipment market.

In the late eighties, soon after the first

successful deliveries to customers in the

Netherlands, we identified the international

potential for the product.

During the nineties we focused on establishing

a broad Dealer and Agency network world wide.

The Kobe earthquake in 1995 caused an

unprecedented demand for quality piling hammers

in Japan for rebuilding the damaged infrastructure.

These sales gave our company a solid base in Asia.

Today we have representatives in most countries

and regional rental fleets in Houston, Dubai and


In South East Asia the Hydrohammer is mainly

used in the offshore construction industry. Driven

piles are used for different purposes offshore, for

example to install a so called Conductor, this is a

steel open ended pipe through which oil drilling is

done. After the well is producing oil it prevents

the hole from caving in. Further, stationary oil

platforms are pinned down to the seabed, generally

using a driven pile. (see photo next page) Another

application is driving sub sea piles to keep loading

stations for Floating Production and Storage

Offloading system (FPSO’s) in position.

Over the last few years IHC Hydrohammer

increased its South East Asia rental fleet in


P.O. Box 204 - 3360 AE Sliedrecht - The Netherlands

T + 31 (0)184 41 15 55

F + 31 (0)184 41 18 84




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IHC Holland Parts & Services B.V. is a part of the

IHC Holland Merwede Group organised under

the dredging division of the group.

We design and supply the full range of standard

and customised dredging installations and

components to dredger owners and operators.

Our products vary from dredge pumps, gate

valves and drag heads to cutters, pipelines and

unloading systems, and all their respective parts.

But it’s not just simply parts, we also provide

life cycle support in order to keep dredging vessels

in perfect working order, with a view to achieving

the maximum return on investment for their

owners, and to ensure a long operational life.

In order to keep dredging hardware profitably

at work, we provide the existing dredger fleet with

spare parts, also sold from stock, together with

after sales and maintenance services. Not only from

our headquarters in Holland but also in close

proximity to the largest concentrations of dredging


We have established Service Centres providing

advice, assistance and effective support at regional

level (without the time barriers but with full excess

to our in-house knowledge) around the clock.

Platform installation offshore Vietnam, April 2005, Steel piles are driven through the

platform into the seabed using the Hydrohammer. Weight of the S-750 hammer

shown is 110 metric tons (110 average economy cars)

Singapore to serve current market and in

anticipation of an increasing activity in offshore

construction. This development is mainly driven

by the high energy needs of the growing economies

in Asia. In addition to the offshore market the

onshore construction industry in Asia is recovering

gradually from the 1997 crisis.

In order to accommodate for the growing

number of offshore rentals and the increasing

operational activity in the region, IHC decided to

station the Area Sales Manager, Walter Leijen,

permanently in Singapore. From the Singapore

operations office, located at the offices of our

dealer CAPE, we service South East Asia with sales,

rentals, service and spare parts.

For enquiries or further information do

not hesitate to contact Walter Leijen, or visit our website;

From Representative Office to

Service Centre

In 2001 IHC Holland started for the first time

in IHC’s history with a local, expatriate driven,

office outside Holland. Due to the extensive

scale of land reclamations in Singapore at that

time, the large concentration of International

dredging contractors warmly welcomed the idea

of an IHC representative office close by and in

the same time-zone. The inspiring idea was to

provide assistance and services to the costumers

operating dredging equipment. And in return the

feed-back gained allowed us to further develop

our parts, products and components as we were

able to monitor their performance and keep

track of the products during the operational

life time.

Due to the direct link to all our in-house

knowledge and expertise our customers

increasingly involved us in the repair of a wide

range of dredging equipment. These advices and

supervision of the repair also extended over the

repair of non-IHC parts. This inspired us not only

to focus on assistance and services but also on

the repair of dredging equipment, still based on

the principal that the produces were newly


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supplied from Holland. With this wider focus also

our name changed from Representative Office

into Branch Office.

In order to be able to foresee the ever

increasing demand of repair of dredging equipment

we established a service agreement with a licensed

repair shop situated in Singapore. However with

the political problems concerning the sand supply

from Indonesia the focus of the international

dredging contractors shifted to other parts of

world. And with the slow down of the dredging

progress in Singapore we widened our view onto

the Asian region. Packed with our extensive

knowledge about the repair and maintenance of

dredging related products we lately also started

the local purchase and local production of parts

and components, always keeping in mind that

the locally produced parts have to meet the same

stringed quality demands as the products produced

in our factories in Holland in order to carry the

name of IHC.

The success of our approach, started in 2001

with our first Representative office, can be seen

world wide as we now have copies of our Service

Centre Singapore also in Dubai and China.

For enquiries or further information do

not hesitate to contact us, Erwin Bijvoet or Mathijs Borburgh or visit our website

The regional IHC Team. From left to right; Erwin Bijvoet (P&S), Mathijs

Borburgh (P&S) and Walter Leijen (Hydrohammer)

The IHC Parts & Services fabrication facility in Holland

Suction tube (black) and suction tube gantries (yellow)

onboard an IHC Trailing Suction Hopper dredger


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Create a Stress-Free Workplace

Many CEO’s and managers see stress as an

unavoidable problem which would cost too much

to tackle properly, or alternatively something that

only affects complainers whom their organization

would be better off without. Employee assistance

programs, corporate gym memberships and flexible

hours are seen as expensive and of dubious


Lets look at stress in a different way. Stress is

a drain on your organization’s productivity, morale

and commitment. When you remove the causes of

stress in your organization, not only will everyone

feel better about coming to work, your bottom line

will improve.

Heidi Heron from the Australasian Institute

of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) assists

companies to better understand their culture,

strategies and employment pitfalls. NLP itself is

a tool which can be utilized to understand how

people think, how they are motivated, how they

are best communicated with and what they value.

When your employee’s values are being met, their

levels of stress reduce and company productivity

increases. Are you interested?

We could ask questions that look at the

situation from the outside, like “do my team

members have what they need to do the job?”,

but this third-party viewpoint is the way that

managers have traditionally looked at ‘people

factors’ in the past. This question won’t give you

the whole answer.

In order to understand the subjective experience

of your people, which is what determines their

morale, stress levels and performance, you have

to put yourself in their shoes. In the methodology

of NLP, this is called ‘second position’ – seeing

through someone else’s eyes. You can get a lot

of information just by putting yourself in the

shoes of each of your team members – with their

resources and attitudes – rather than assuming

that they think the same way you do.

Employee Stress Questions

Take a moment to close your eyes and really get in

touch with each of your employees (one at a time)

and answer the following questions as if you were

in the mind of that person:

1. Are my work patterns and environment

healthy? Is the environment safe, clean and

easy on the eye? Is it well laid out, with the

things I need easy to find and get to? Is it as

quiet as it needs to be? Is there a quiet place

for thinking or relaxing? Can I take a break

every hour and a half or so if I need to? Are

my working hours reasonable?


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Beyond a certain point, or if the pressure is sustained

too long, we get ‘burn out’ as a person becomes too

exhausted. But, if there is too little challenge, we get bored,

which is equally as stressful.

As a manager, you need to set an example –

you are the model for success. If you don’t

take breaks, go home at a reasonable time,

your team won’t either.

2. Do I have what I need to do my job

successfully? Do I have the equipment I need

to do my job? Do I know what is expected of

me? Do I have the skills and training to do

the job? Does my job allow me to do what

I am best at?

3. Do I know when I’m doing a good job?

Ask yourself this question – if the answer is “I

just know”, you can be happy doing your job

without external feedback, and you may regard

it as an insult to your competence. You may

still need some feedback as a reality check.

However, many people need that external

check. They may answer “the customer tells

me” or “the boss tells me” (and you need

people like this, for example in a customer

service role). These people will literally not

know if they are doing well unless they get

regular feedback, If all they get is an annual

review, don’t be surprised if they feel

increasingly nervous as it approaches.

4. Do I feel my job is important?

People need meaning in their lives. If the

job is meaningful to them, they will feel

more motivated and more able to overcome

setbacks and difficulties.

5. Am I recognised as an individual?

People also need to feel valued. If they feel

that they are just an interchangeable cog

in the machine, their sense of self will be

threatened. They may also feel nervous

about being replaced or disposed of.

6. Am I learning and growing?

A standard concept in stress management is

the ‘Human Performance Curve’. The idea is

that when you are under pressure, your

performance rises to meet the challenge.

Beyond a certain point, or if the pressure is

sustained too long, we get ‘burn out’ as a

person becomes too exhausted. But, if there

is too little challenge, we get bored, which

is equally as stressful.

If your employees are not learning and growing,

achievement-oriented people will begin to

fret about their ‘competitors’ getting ahead.

If someone is under-utilised, but fears to take

the initiative because they are worried about

doing something wrong, they are in a doublebind.

According to Heron, this is NLP speak for

‘no way out’. After all, they are at work, so

they are supposed to be working. This is when

we get people at work and appearing to be

busy without actually doing anything!

If you or your team members could answer ‘yes’

to each of these questions, any stress remaining in

the workplace will be either a healthy response to

immediate challenges or a consequence of external

factors in the individuals personal life.

A well-run, pleasant workplace in which

individuals are valued and have the opportunity

to learn and grow will aid recovery from external

stresses, rather than making them worse. Stress is

antithetical both to individual wellbeing and

organizational productivity. It makes sense to

minimize it.

AAINLP has shared these concepts with many

corporate leaders in Singapore and around the

world. Believing that a person’s work place is a

valuable environment to not only spend time but

to grow and learn.

To learn more about NLP and how you can use

the skills of NLP to improve the atmosphere in your

workplace, visit the Australasian Institute of NLP

on or ring 6722 8768.


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Whoare they?

Everybody is seeing them when you open the ADB magazine or visit an

event. But who are they and why are they in the ADB board. We asked

the new members of the board a few questions and each of them

answered in their own way.

Remco Muzerie

-What was your motivation to become a board member?

I was already an active member and always had the feeling that additional

support was appreciated. That’s why I turned in my resume.

-What can we expect from you?

My talent is around organizing events and the ability to approach the ADB

also from a business point of view (i.e. Sponsoring, Partnerships and so on).

-What should ADB in your view offer to the ADB members?

The most important one is the Networking part; the ADB should offer

this on a regular basis for the members. Another important aspect which the ADB should offer to his

members is serious opportunities to meet other business related people from Singapore. There are

a lot of Small and Medium Businesses worth knowing.

-In 5 years……………..?

I hope we can develop ourselves in a more dynamic environment where working with other becomes

more natural. My vision is that we start working with similar groups in KL and Jakarta; we could also

work a lot closer with the Universities and certain institutes in Singapore. The objective should be

that by becoming a member you could use the ADB to jump start your Network in Singapore and

beyond very effectively.

Edward Tonino

-What was your motivation to become a board member?

The request to consider becoming part of the ADB board, made me realize that after 5 years

in Singapore it would be good to become more actively involved in the Association of Dutch

Businessmen. As a member of ADB, I have always enjoyed the excellent combination of social

and professional impulses. Now to become one of the initiators in organizing events and

helping to maintain ADB’s high spirits is a priviledge as well as a challenge.

-What can we expect from you?

My background is in Design, product design in particular. As the director of the Singapore branch of

Philips Design (the in-house design department of Royal Philips Electronics) I keep an open eye creating

an environment in which enthusiasm and creativity can flourish. In that same spirit I like to give my

contribution to the ADB (board) to organize inspirational events and share informative and refreshing

views that can thrive the association.

-What should ADB in your view offer to the ADB members?

Joining the events and functions organized by ADB is a great opportunity to meet people from an

innumerable variety of backgrounds and businesses.


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Although most of us are experienced in living and working abroad, it is always inspiring to be part

of such a varied and experienced community.

ADB should offer a (social) ‘platform’ to meet other professionals with a broad variety of

professions, competencies, backgrounds, visions and markets. A ‘platform’ where we like to toast to

new acquaintances and learn about interesting topics along the way.

-In 5 years……………..?

I hope in 5 years time, the association will continue to be that vibrant organization of Dutch business

men and women, an organization that people talk about with enthusiasm, reflecting added values to

their professional and personal life in Singapore.

Matthieu Quere

It is quite inspiring to live among positive-minded, resilient and hard working

people. I have been residing in Singapore for nearly six years now, and I

enjoy it tremendously. Singaporeans are hard and fast workers, born team

players, they are always keen to learn new skills and they are willing to go

the extra mile all the time. From young, locals here have been trained to

deliver fast, and this makes them great partners to cooperate with.

I am a multi-media consultant and creative director, involved in

product presentations, corporate video productions, photography, printing,

copywriting and translations. Because these are very competitive areas

here in South-East Asia, it is a challenging experience to work in this line.

Since creative input is highly appreciated in Singapore, it is quite rewarding in many ways.

Since 2000, I have been immersed in a typical local life-style. I got to know daily life of true

heartlanders, thanks to my work, my supportive wife (who is a Singaporean) and many local friends.

Although Singapore is ‘westernized’ in many ways, I found you can only truly enjoy Singapore if you

have experienced the underlying Asian philosophy and way of living.

Sometimes Singaporeans ask me if I ever feel home-sick. I have to admit that I do feel home-sick

now and then, but that only happens when I am in Holland. After discussions with quite a bit of

Dutch people I happened to meet here, I found that I am definitely not the only Dutchman who

doesn’t have any plans to return to The Netherlands any time soon.

Before I came to Singapore, I have been working for eight years as a reporter and editor for a

regional daily newspaper, specializing in company profiles and personal interviews with decision makers.

In 1994 I have written a book about the revival of Dutch companies after the Second World War. Because

of my interest in trends, business networking and crisis management, I decided to join the Association of

Dutch Businessmen because I feel this is a valuable meeting point and source of information with regards

to my plans to write a book about business cooperation between Singapore and The Netherlands. This

includes personal interviews with decision makers in Singapore and Holland about their experiences

while doing business on both sides, especially the way they deal with ‘bottle necks’ all along. The

subject ‘how to overcome a crisis’ always makes a story interesting to read, because it is all about

spotting opportunities and making them work. That is always very inspiring for everybody.

What ADB members can expect from me is editorial input and publications about doing business in South-

East Asia. I hope my publications will add value and strengthen every effort of the ADB to enhance business

networking. Of course, this will never happen without the cooperation of those key managers who are

directly involved in decision making, so I hope I will be able to arrange many interviews with them.

In my view, the ADB should always make sure it keeps facilitating business networking in every

possible way, and - of course - further enhance it. I feel that organising monthly, highly informative

breakfast meetings for small groups of interested managers (conducted by a specialist in a certain area)

is a great way to create more business opportunities, especially when there is room for a group discussion

afterwards. That way, different managers get to know each others visions more profoundly, which is the

basis for creating new business relationships. I suggest that the focus should be much more on such

frequent small meetings rather than on big social events. Although I admit that big social events are also

very important, one observation has been quite disturbing to me: when I notice that some managers

anxiously contact the ADB before a Black Tie Dinner to ensure they will get to sit at one table with only

those people they personally like, I feel such ‘old boys’-approach is quite opposite to my ideas about

how to enhance overall business networking. How can we ever expect business networking to be enhanced

if managers only aim to stay within their own comfort zone?


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Freddy Meindertsma

-What was your motivation to become a board member?

Primarily I believe the ADB provides a valuable platform to exchange

information between Dutch individuals working in Singapore. As I settled

down in Singapore for the long run, I would like to contribute to the creation

of ideas and organization of events and see the results from that in the

years to come. I got interested in joining the ADB Board after attending

several well-organized events.

-What can we expect from you?

My personal goal is to help expand the network of ADB members by

active promotion and by organizing events that attract attention from the Dutch business community

in Singapore. Also I would be pleased, and like to contribute accordingly, if the ADB can attract more

small and medium scale business owners as members.

What should ADB in your view offer to the ADB members?

To provide a networking platform for the Dutch business community in Singapore that provides an

easy link on topics of interest, events, seminars, speeches and business councils.

In 5 years…

It will be 2010 and I will still be in Singapore, hopefully with an expanded ADB. I do hope that more

and more Dutch entrepreneurs in 2010 will have discovered the dynamics of the Asia-Pacific and

started up in Singapore as regional hub.


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8 th International Safety and Security Exhibition co-locating

with the 8 th International Fire, Safety and Rescue Exhibition

with the in-augural presentation of the International Asia

Homeland Security Exhibition and Conference.

09-11 November

Singapore Expo, Hall 3 and 4A


2 nd International Exhibition and Environmental Management

and Technology in conjunction with International Environment


09-11 November, Singapore Expo

Wine for Asia 2005

The 3 rd International Wine Exhibition for Asia 2005.

10-11 November (for Trade)

12 November (for Trade and Public)

Singapore Expo, Hall 4B

DesignEDGE 2005

Design EDGE is the feature event of the Singapore Design Festival.

10-12 November 2005

Suntec, Hall 401-402

Singapore Design Festival

Organised by DesignSingapore Council

09-23 November 2005

Various locations in Singapore


Asian AutoSalon 2005

24-27 November 2005

Singapore Expo

SMART Singapore International

Property Exhibition

SMART Singapore focuses on the growing private property

investor and speculator market, with an aim of attracting a

diverse cross-section of visitors, form first-time buyers to

strategic investors.

26-27 November 2005



ChemiAsia2005: The 14 th International Plant & Processing

Engineering and Technology Exhibition and Conference.

InstrumentAsia2005: The 12 th International Instrumentation,

Control, Measurement and Testing Exhibition and


AnaLabAsia 2005: The 10th International Laboratory

and Analytical Technology and Equipment Exhibition

and Conference.

29 November - 2 December 2005

Suntec, level 4



The 8 th International Environment Management Technology,

Equipment and Control Systems Exhibition and Conference.

The 8 th International Water Management Technology,

Equipment and Control Systems Exhibition and Conference

29 November - 2 December 2005

Suntec, Level 4

Event for the advertising and marketing community in Asia.

20-23 November 2005, Suntec


Vol.15 • No. 9 • November 2005


Mr China by Tim Clissold

By Jeroen de Koning

Book description

In the early 1990s China finally

opened for business, and Wall

Street wanted to get in on the

act. When the investment bankers

arrived from New York with their

Harvard MBAs, pinstripes and

tasseled loafers, ready to negotiate

with the Old Cadres, the stage was

set for a collision between Wall

Street’s billions and the world’s

oldest culture. This is the true story

of a tough Wall Street banker who

had reached the top and found that

it wasn’t enough. Looking for glory,

he came to China to surf the next

new investment wave and teamed up with an

ex-Red Guard and an Englishman living in Beijing.

Together, they raised over $400 million and bought

up factories all over China.

They thought the contracts were watertight.

But then they began learning the hard way that

China doesn’t play by anyone else’s rules. Left

sitting in their boardrooms while their Chinese

partners marched off in their own different

directions, they watched their millions begin sliding

towards the abyss. Faced with no option but to

fight, they embarked on a series of desperate

battles to regain control of their businesses. Their

struggle reveals the human face of this vast and

complex country that knows it must modernize but

throughout history has always kept the advantage

when dealing with outsiders.

Clissold tells his at times surreal story with

amusement and affection, an eye-opening account

of the arcane world of traditional Chinese business

and an instructive insight into the limitations of Wall

Street and western business-school training. Tim

Clissold gives a stunning portrait of China’s industrial

landscape inherited from Mao’s tactical ideas (hide

China’s major industries in remote places) as well

as from the passage from military to civilian

production. He opens a window of understanding

between East and West in a truly exciting humaninterest

story that is a mix of adventure, farce and

high finance. Anyone interested in doing business

in China should read it.

A self confessed China’holic, he manages to

share his passion for this intriguing and ancient

Lots of people they want to be Mr

China, and that’s why I chose the title for

the book. They want to be the only guy that

ever gets it right in China, and cracks China.

And it’s just not really going to happen.

You’ve got to go there with very clear ideas

about what you want to achieve and not

get mesmerised by the hype.

- Mr. Clissold

country in a fast paced read that

leaves you wanting more. He says;

“I think there’s something really

unique about China. It’s really the last place where

you can build a very big business from scratch,

and …. kind of found the idea of creating something

to be, very attractive.”

About the Author:

Tim Clissold was born in England and graduated

from Cambridge University with degrees in physics

and theoretical physics in 1982. He then joined

Arthur Andersen and worked in London and

Australia before moving to Hong Kong, where he

developed a fascination with China. He moved to

Beijing and studied Mandarin Chinese for two years

before co-founding a private equity group that

invested four hundred million dollars into China.

He has been working in China for seventeen years

and has traveled to almost every part of the

country. He lives in Beijing with his wife and

four children.

To end with a warning note by Mr. Clissold; “…..

I think you can still get tremendously burnt in

China, and I think you really have to know what

you’re doing and be cautious. But the main thing

is don’t go there with these wildly unrealistic

expectations which, I was guilty of.

Lots of people they want to be Mr China, and

that’s why I chose the title for the book. They want

to be the only guy that ever gets it right in China,

and cracks China. And it’s just not really going

to happen. You’ve got to go there with very clear

ideas about what you want to achieve and not

get mesmerised by the hype.”


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2005, Dutch Media/Newspapers

Akzo Nobel develops human H5N1 vaccine

Pharmaceutical, chemical and coatings company Akzo Nobel’s biotechnology subsidiary Nobilon

International is developing a human vaccine against the deadly H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus,

which is starting to spread throughout Europe, Akzo Nobel said.

The development is still in an early stage.

Nobilon is developing the vaccine in co-operation with Akzo Nobel’s human healthcare subsidiary

Organon. Akzo Nobel’s animal healthcare business, Intervet, already supplies an avian flu vaccine which

is used to inoculate birds.

Nobilon has recently received European Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) approval to start producing

human influenza vaccines for use in clinical trials. The approval means that Nobilon, which was set up

by Akzo Nobel in 2003 to develop and commercialise human vaccines, is now licensed to manufacture

flu vaccines to be used in clinical testing, with the first trials scheduled to start in 2006. Clinical trials

for the H5N1 vaccine will take place in the course of 2006.

Nobilon operates from Boxmeer, southern Netherlands, and employs a novel vaccine production

system which uses advanced cell culture technology, as opposed to the traditional method of using

commercial embryonated chicken eggs.

New website provides information on cheap


A recently-launched website offers a list of restaurants, which offer

meals for up to 10 euro ($12), it was reported.

According to Neil Simmons, the founder of the new website, the demand for cheaper

meals in the Dutch catering establishments has increased.

The website includes information on some 700 restaurant in the Netherlands, which

serve a one-course meal for some 10 euro or a two- and three- course meal for some

12 euro. initially included information on the cheaper restaurants in the

Dutch student towns. The website plans to expand its database in the near future.

Government launches emergency cell

broadcasting trial

The Dutch Government, Anglo-Dutch

information and communications

technology (ICT) company LogicaCMG

and the Dutch mobile phone operators

KPN, Vodafone and Telfort, have

launched an emergency notification

trial via cell broadcasting to all

mobile phones in Zoetermeer, western

Netherlands, the Dutch Interior Minister,

Johan Remkes, said.

The trial will be carried out for two

years. Remkes expressed his hope that

the two Dutch mobile phone operators

T-Mobile and Orange, which do not

participate in the current trial will join

the project in the future. The trial will

also be carried out in the regions of

Zeeland and Amsterdam.

Cell broadcasting allows text

messages to be broadcast to all mobile

handsets in a given geographical area.

KPN, Vodafone and Telfort operate

own networks and cover 85 pct of the

Dutch mobile phone users.

One-parent families in

Netherlands increase

The number of one-parent families in

the Netherlands increased to 444,000

from 384,000 over the last five years.

A large increase was registered mainly

among foreigners. Four in 10 Antillean

women aged around 40 are single

mothers. The number of families with

two parents remained almost unchanged

at over two million in the same period.

Almost 18 pct of all families with children

in the Netherlands had one parent

on January 1, 2005. In one third of oneparent

families the parent is a foreigner.

The number of one-parent families was

largest among the Surinamese community

in the Netherlands, namely 32,000. They

are followed by Antilleans/Arubans and

Turks, both groups having some 13,000

one-parent families.

Since 2000, the number of Moroccan

and Turkish one-parent families has

increased by 46 pct and 42 pct respectively.

The increase among Antilleans was

28 pct.

A total of 360,000 of the more than

three million children in the Netherlands,

aged under 15 years, are living in a oneparent



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2005, Dutch Media/Newspapers

93 deadly work

accidents in

Netherlands 2004 - CBS

A total of 93 deadly accidents at work

places were registered in the Netherlands

in 2004, compared to 109 deadly work

accidents in 2003, the Dutch Central

Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said.

According to CBS, some 25 pct of the

deadly accidents in 2004 took place in

the construction sector, and a means of

transport was involved in three in ten

of the deadly cases.

The statistics of CBS showed that in

2004 and 2003, some four in ten of the

deadly accidents involved cases of people

being stuck, and some 25 pct of the lethal

incidents were caused by fall, while one

in ten of these accidents in 2004 and 2003

was caused by a floating or falling object,

CBS said.

Of the 93 death cases at work

places in the country in 2004, some 25

pct concerned non-Dutch persons, CBS


Queen Beatrix to be

Rembrandt’s Year


Queen Beatrix will be patroness of the

Rembrandt’s Year in 2006, the Netherlands

Board of Tourism and Conventions (NBTC)

said on behalf of the Rembrandt 400


The year 2006 will be symbolically be

named Rembrandt’s Year on the occasion

of the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt

(1606-1669). The famous artist was born

in Leiden, western Netherlands, on July

15, 1606. At the age of 25, Rembrandt

moved permanently to Amsterdam.

Museums in Amsterdam, Leiden and

the Hague, western Netherlands, will

organise a total of 17 exhibitions in 2006,

featuring the work and life of the renowned

artist. The museums are expecting some

1.5 visits to be made by about 900,000

people, 50 pct of whom foreigners. For

some 250,000 visitors from abroad, the

Rembrandt’s Year will be the sole reason

for visiting the Netherlands, NBTC said.

Nine in 10 Dutch report to be happy

in 2004

Almost nine in 10 Dutch men and women aged 18 years and older reported to be

happy or very happy in 2004, the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said.

The higher the spendable household income, the happier people are.

However, income is not the most important factor, CBS added. Other factors

like health, marital status and ethnic background appear to be more crucial.

Health is by far the most important factor, when all relevant socio-economic

and demographic factors are compared.

A total of 25 pct of people who report to be less healthy, lack positive

feelings of happiness, while the rate for people with a good or very good

health is only 8.0 pct.

Widows and widowers feel four times as often less happy as their married

or cohabiting counterparts. Among divorced people, the rate of less happy

persons is three times higher than among married or cohabiting couples. The

rate among people who have never been married is two times higher.

A good income contributes to happiness, but is not the decisive factor. Income

takes the fourth place, after health, marital status and ethnic background.

Among the lowest household incomes, 16 pct indicate they are not so happy.

Only 10 pct of high income households report to feel not so happy.

Jan Siebelink wins Dutch AKO Literature Prize 2005

Writer Jan Siebelink has won the prestigious

Dutch AKO Literature Prize for 2005 for his

novel Knielen op een bed violen (Kneeling

on a Bed of Violets), it was reported.

The award winner was announced by

the jury chairman Hans Dijkstal in the

programme RTL Boulevard on Dutch TV

channel RTL4. The prize money of the

award is 50,000 euro.

CPB director to resign

Other nominees for the award were

Arnon Grunberg with the novel De joodse

messias (Jewish Messiahs), Tommy

Wieringa with Joe Speedboot, Patricia de

Martelaere with Het onverwachte

antwoord (The Unexpected Answer),

Wanda Reisel with Witte liefde (White

Love) and Frank Westerman with El negro

en ik (El Negro and I).

The director of the Dutch Central Planning Bureau (CPB), Henk Don, will step

down on January 1, 2006, he announced.

Don has been director of CPB for about 11 years. He succeeded Gerrit Zalm,

who then became Minister of Finance, in October 1994.

The reason for Don’s resignation is the death of his wife. He expects to remain

active in the future in his working field, on a part-time basis.

Don, 51, graduated in Econometrics from the University of Amsterdam in 1986.

He worked in various departments at the CPB in the period from 1978 to 1984. Don

was allied to the University of Pennsylvania as visiting professor in 1984 and 1985,

after which he returned to the CPB.

It is not yet clear when the Dutch Government will decide on a successor of Don.


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I love to work, as long as

it is the work that I love

Arnout Mostert with Anna and Thijs.

- name and function

Arnout Mostert. Regional Business Director for

Fallon, an American advertising agency which

prides itself in helping its clients “outsmart

rather than outspend” its competitors. We are

relatively small compared to the advertising

“multinationals” but are creatively very highly

respected. Our office in Hong Kong and Singapore

are managed as one office servicing clients

across Asia and we have a total of 40 staff. I am

responsible for leading the recently obtained

Citibank account in South East Asia, India and

Australia. Citi has already been a Fallon client

in North America for 5 years and we will now

increasingly start managing their advertising in

all the 55 countries they operate in.

- career

After graduating in Political Science (International

Relations) from Leiden University I spent a year

in the Army as one of the last conscripts to be

called up. However, I had an interesting time as I

was selected for the Military Intelligence Agency

and was trained as an interrogator of prisoners of

war. This meant learning to speak fluent Russian

in 6 months and subsequently 6 months of

interrogation exercises with elite forces from

various NATO countries. It taught me a lot about

how people react under extreme pressures and

in situations where they have no control over

anything at all. This included being interrogated

myself for 24 hours, an experience I will never

forget. It was not exactly Abu Ghraib, but neither

was it Disneyland.

- happiness

Since I don’t (yet) have children myself I

would have to say my

little niece Anna and

nephew Thijs (4 and 2).

Especially their faces

when I see them after

a long time (they live

in Holland). Children

always make me happy

and I love the way they

see and discover the

world, marveling at

every little detail we

take for granted. Other

things that make me

happy are that first

beer on a Friday after

work, seeing a little

white ball disappear in a little hole after a perfect

putt (this happy moment happens way too rarely)

and driving way too fast in the south of France

(this happens even more rarely now I live in


- heroes

My mother is my biggest hero. She raised me and

my sister in a way I hope to be able to do half as

good when I have children myself. In the public

arena, my hero is Johan Cruijff. I love the way he

has always gone his own way, completely confident

about his ability and disregarding conventions (he

was one of the first to drive a Citroen SM when he

played for Ajax, enough said). He is not simply

irreverent though, as he backs up his opinions and

views by (often) being right, albeit it is not always

easy to understand (especially for Feyenoord fans;

as a true Ajax fan I of course always understand

and agree with him).

- travel in Asia (business / private)

I travel quite a lot for work, since I have 10

countries to manage. The problem with these trips

is that you always go from airport to hotel to office

to airport etc etc.. Most hotels are so similar

that I sometimes check the phone pad next to my

bed when I wake up to see what city it is. In my

opinion, there are not enough boutique hotels

(such as Metropolitan in Bangkok) in Asia yet.

What makes travel in this region fantastic though

is Singapore Airlines. If I ever have to travel

extensively again on KLM I will probably think

back wistfully to the service I am now starting

to take for granted...

My favorite places to go to for personal travel

is Bali for relaxation and revitalization and

Sydney, Hong Kong and Bangkok are my favorite

cities for shopping and partying. I also love going

away for a day trip to Bintan or Malaysia to play

golf. It’s a great feeling to be able to take a ferry

and be at some of the world’s most beautiful

golf courses in hours. Again, something I take

for granted now that I don’t think you get

anywhere in the world.

- in 5 years….

I will have sold my own business and will be doing

the things I won’t have enough time for it if I keep

working: building my own house on Bali, sailing

around the world in a competition, spending time

with my children, reading a book a week, opening

my own restaurant, playing a round of golf without

losing a ball.


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Internship & Job Seekers

Name : Rowdy Boeyink

Age : 25 years home : +65 9775 1305

Email-address :

Resume :

Study: Master’s Degree in Physics (University of Utrecht)

Working experience: I graduated last September at the University

of Utrecht. During my study I was active as a board member of

several youth and student organisations. I worked for years as policy

officer for a political party in Utrecht and I took part in shaping

the EU constitution as an MP representative in Brussels. I am also

a skilled trainer for the Alfred Mozer Foundation, that provides

trainings in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Caucasus region.

The last years I also taught physics on Dutch secondary schools and

I conducted researches in physics. My Master’s research led to the

discovery of several Einstein papers, which was reported in hundreds

of newspapers last August and in this ADB Magazine.

Looking for: Right now I live in Singapore with my partner for at

least four years. In principle I am open for any kind of job, not

necessary related to my specialisation in physics. I am always highly

motivated to learn and grow in a company or organisation. This

makes me suitable to work in an environment that encourages

personal development, like in a traineeship. For further inquiries,

please e-mail or call me.

Name : Wouter Kuipers

Age : 24 years old : +31 6 14129149

Email-address :

Study: Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (Hotel

Management School Maastricht)

Masters Degree in Business Administration (Radboud

University Nijmegen)

Specialization: Business Economics

Working experience: I did two traineeships during my Hotel

Management School within the hotel business. My first traineeship

was in the F&B department at the Birchwood Executive Hotel,

Johannesburg, South Africa. My second traineeship was at the

accounting department of the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel. Besides

my studies I kept on working for restaurants and event-agency’s.

I also organised diverse events and was a member of different

committees for my student association. At the moment I am still

living in Nijmegen and searching for a nice job in Singapore.

Looking for: I am looking for a job related to my hospitality industry

background or/and related to my company business study. I really

would like to live and work in Singapore for some years. For my

resume or further information, do not hesitate to contact me.

Name : Casper Bierens

Age : 22 years mobile : +31 6 48618606

Email-address :

Study: Small business and retail management Avans Hogeschool Breda

Specialization: Small business

Working experience: I have worked in a restaurant for the last 5

years as assistant chef cook. I’ve also given sailing lessons to children.

1st (short) internship: Within the financial administration of Renault

Janssens Breda I’ve been busy with an investigation. This

investigation included the differences between the precalculation

and the final result on the end balance of the sales of new Renaults.

Looking for: I am looking for an internship in a company where I

can learn and take part of the daily management. In a form of a

project I can do variety of studies. Marketing, sales and quick

scanning are my preferences.

Name : Dennis Sportel

Age : 21 office : +31 596 636 342 home : +31 597 414 155 mobile : +31 6 52602324

Email-address :

Study: Technology Management

Specialization: Logistics and Finance

Internship: An internship in an international orientated company is

really interesting for me. It would give me an opportunity to interpret

my Technology Management knowledge within a wider context.

Working experience: Current Internship: Internship in the

international logistic company Royal Wagenborg. My job here is to

digitalize the archive within the Personnel and Organization


Current weekend jobs: Salesman in a clothing store. (2004)

Employee in a party center/catering company. (2003)

Weekend job before: Salesman in a shoe store. (1999-2004)

Looking for: I am looking for a unique experience. Since the

connections between Singapore and Europe are tightened on trade

and knowledge level, working in Singapore will be a great opportunity

for me to develop myself professional as well as personal.

Furthermore I am really excited to learn from other cultures in

Singapore to broaden my view on the world.

Name : Job Epskamp

Age : 28 : +31 6 16548817

Email-address :

Study: Bachelor degree: Mechanical Engineering

Specialization: Technical commercial engineer

Internship: My graduate internship has to contain commerce,

management or logistics with a technical background. For example

the task can be to find and solve a logistic problem at a production

factory or a market research for a new product. The period will

approximately take from February till June 2006.

Working experience: Material logistics at KLM, Schiphol; Responsible

for the material- and parts flow for the maintenance of the Boeing

373 fleet.

Internship at Fokker Aerostructures; To minimize the tolerances of a

milling-machine with 6 axis of rotation on behalf of F16 wing-parts.

Chairman foundation “Management student facilities” that manages

the finances, real estate and properties of student society Cabo


Looking for: I’m looking for a challenging, exacting internship in

Singapore. I’m an all-round, critical and studious student with varying

experiences. The culture, nature, meeting interesting people and

self development are the main reasons I want to go to Singapore.

For a complete overview of my education and my achievements,

I would like to refer to my curriculum vitae.


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New Members

Rogier Post, KPMG

Edgare Kerkwijk, Biox Group

Sonja Pans

Ard Verloop, ETP International

Willemijn van Hekesen, ING Bank

Arie van den Broek, Nakamichi

Mieke de Schepper, Philips

Leaving Members

Aljosja van Dorssen

Rik Zwinkels, Smit

Internship & Job Seekers

Name : Dennis van Donselaar

Age : 22 years mobile : +31 614312297

Email-address :

Study: Small business and retail management Avans Hogeschool Breda

Specialization: Small business

Working experience: I have some working experience, for the last 3

years I worked as a cab driver. At school we had a couple of projects.

The projects contained studies of marketing, finance and consulting.

My previous internship consists of a quick scan of a company that sells

and repairs mechanical seals.

Looking for: I am looking for an internship (starts November) in a

company where I can learn and take part of the daily management. In a

form of a project I can do variety of studies. The duration of the internship

is about 6 months.


Workvitamins or

How a well-designed office can improve productivity

Asian cities are becoming the most

expensive places to do business in

the world. With Tokyo still the most

expensive city in the world prices of

prime office space in Shanghai, Hong

Kong, Seoul and Singapore are rising

steadily. Unsurprisingly in addition to

the cost per square meter the densities

in Asian work environments is much

higher compared to the spaces in the

West. For example the average density

of work spaces in Tokyo is 10 m 2 per employee compared to 14.81 m 2 in New York,

or 30m 2 in Berlin. Considering all these factors does it make sense, or better is it

worth to spend money on the design of a work environment? With such a high

financial burdens that office environment in Tokyo and in the rest of Asia create,

are the basic requirements such as desks and chairs enough for establishing an

office? Does it really make any sense to spend both time and money in actually

designing an office?

In order to understand the complex issues that are at hand in designing office

environments, it might be interesting to first briefly go back, a hundred years or

so, in history to review the factors that have formed the shape of the office as we

know it today. Secondly, if we think about value, we should understand the issues;

both economical as well as social-psychological that are at the basis in the creation

of a work environment. Furthermore, we need to look at what the value, financial

benefits of design will be, in this process.

Martin van der Linden will explain how to comprehend and measure the impact

of the design of the work place on the employees. On the hand of some case

studies the various steps of implementing a design strategy will be shown.

Date : Wednesday 16 November 2005

Venue : Hollandse Club Main Hall

Drinks : 7.30 pm

Presentation : 8 pm

Martin van der

Linden is a Dutch

national living

in Japan for 10

years. He studied

architecture and

product design in

the Netherlands

(ABK, Maastricht),

the U.K (Southbank University, London)

and Japan (Tokyo University). Martin

worked for the renowned Japanese

architect Hiroshi Hara on the Kyoto

station and the Umeda Sky tower in

1992. In 1995 he worked for the US firm

Cesar Pelli in Tokyo. From 1996 – 1998

he was a design consultant to the

architectural office of the Japanese

Ministry of Education. He started on his

own in 1998. van der Architects is a

unique fast growing facility design and

consultancy company based in Tokyo.

Clients include Nokia, BHP Billiton,

Agnes b, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines,

Coface, Ernst & Young, DaimlerChrysler

and Bosch Rexroth.

Martin is invited by the organizers

of the Singapore Design Festival that

takes place from 9-23 November to give

a public lecture on the same subject.

More info on Martin and his

company ‘van der Architects’ and

Singapore Design Festival can be found

at our website


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