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Captains’ Conference 2017

November 3 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

| Free

Over 200 executives and officials from The Hague / Rotterdam region will join us for an inspiring morning at WTC The Hague.

Prof. dr. Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director at INSEAD will give a sneak preview of our region’s first ranking in the Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index (GCTCI). The Index aims at boosting the quality and impact of private and public decisions in the vital and interconnected fields of technology, innovation and human resources.

In 2016, Copenhagen was Nr.1 at the pilot edition of GCTCI. Director of Talent Attraction Nikolaj Lubanski is willing and able to share how they did!

Engage in a lively discussion on talent attraction and retention as an attribute for enduring businesses, cities and regions. Experience the Art of creating a Global Talent Hub.


Prof Bruno Lanvin |Executive Director –  INSEAD’s Global Indices

Prof. Bruno Lanvin is the Executive Director of INSEAD, managing teams in Paris, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Before joining INSEAD, he worked for the The World Bank. Bruno is a frequent speaker at high-level meetings and advisor of a series of companies and governments worldwide. At the CC 2017 he will show the impact of pushing the buttons of the Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index and give guidance for the MRDH region to becoming a Global Talent Hub.


Nikolaj Lubanski | Director for Talent Attraction – Copenhagen Capacity

Driven by his passion to improve society through globalisation, Nikolaj has served a number of private and public institutes. He is the author of several books and publications on innovating talent attraction. Copenhagen is Nr. 1 in the GCTCI 2016 – how did they do that? Nikolaj beliefs in the power of sharing. In order to ensure talent to opt for a career in our part of the world, European metropoles are partners rather than competitor.


Rosa Groen | PhD candidate and Lecturer

Rosa is a PhD researcher at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Her focus: the location policies of International Organizations (IO’s) and responses to it by Western European cities.  She evaluated specific employee focused criteria in the requests for info of IOs and compared the offers of a number of international cities: The Hague, Vienna, Geneva and Copenhagen.


Thierry Bouffioux | Investor

Thierry Bouffioux  is investor, independent provocative advisor and co-founder of several startups. He advises companies (Small – Medium – Large) on creating synergies from multi-generatiol, -national and -disciplinary organisations. Accelerating growth by cross-over business models. He offers entrepreneurial endeavors to global talent on a mission. Thierry will give us an insights in talent-related drivers in investment decisions.


Nicole van Haelst | Director ICP

 ‘Lead engineer’ of the ICP Captains’ Conference, Nicole van Haelst is a serial entrepreneur in creating connections. She currently is the founder and director of the International Community Platform (ICP), Check-NL.com and co-founder of Lift. ICP research has shown that MRDH region has ALL it takes to be(come) an enduring Global Talent Hub Her mission: enabling growth for people and business in the context of globalisation and technological developments.


Julia Taddei | Brazil| Legal counsel

Julia Taddei is a legal counsel with 10+ year international legal experience in Rio de Janeiro, London, The Hague and Rotterdam. Her life-career is a showcase of global citizenship.   Julia sees opportunities for city excellence to attract, grow and retain global talent.



Vincent van de Poll | NL | Growth Hacker

Vincent van de Poll, entrepreneur who just returned from 5 years living and working in Silicon Valley, the world’s largest talent magnet. Vincent is co-founder of Direct Impact a company helping companies grow their ebusiness. One of these companies is Lift: a The Hague based startup introducing an innovative matching tool providing career recommendations based on people’s Passion, Purpose and Potential.


Anna Jane Lester | USA | Musician

 Anna Jane Lester began her violin studies at age four in Jacksonville, Florida. The immediate connection with the musical language of the baroque got her into the famous Juilliard School in New York for a Master of Music in Historical Performance. What – in addition to the great reputation of the Royal Conservatoire – made her move to The Hague?



Initiatives creating a Global Talent Hub

Brian Garibhaan | The Hague Tech

Right in the heart of Dutch decision-making action. The Hague’s first tech-community on a mission to change the world. A place where ‘hipsters, hackers & hustlers’ gather to bring innovation to life.

Get in touch: brian@thehaguetech.nl



Renee Hammersley | The Hague Business Agency

You want your business or organisation to grow in Europe. You want access to entrepreneurs, researchers and scientists. A vast digital infrastructure. An international community. Fiscal facilities. A highly educated population. It’s all here! The Hague Business Agency assists and advises you on locating, relocating and expanding your operations to The Hague. Your one stop business shop. Free of charge!

Get in touch: r.hammersley@thehague.com


Frank Uffen | The Student Hotel

How can employers support young talent with housing & community without the expat budget?

The Student Hotel is a co-living, co-working business model for young professionals, short-term assignments, trainees, expats, students and world travelers that provide a unique hybrid destination for a fast-growing international community.

Get in touch: frank@thestudenthotel.com


Deborah Valentine | Access

ACCESS has been providing the partners of expats & international employees relocated to the Netherlands the opportunity to build a community, develop skills, and learn new ones. More than 80% of our volunteers are dual career candidates and we see their potential every day.

Get in touch: edirector@access-nl.org


Gerko Visee | The Hague International Centre

The Hague International Centre is the one-stop-shop for internationals in The Hague Area. They offer government services, information and a warm welcome to make internationals feel at home in The Hague.

Get in touch: gerko.visee@denhaag.nl



Rosa Groen | The Hague University of Applied Sciences

What can the International Organizations & The Hague learn from best practices of other cities?

How do cities compete more and more on an international level to host International Organizations? How come that, due to globalization, these policies of attracting and retaining organizations are in constant change, and what are the factors of success and failure of these policies?

Get in touch: rosa.groen@gmail.com 


Robbert Dijkstra | Lift

The Hague based startup introducing an innovative matching tool providing career recommendations based on people’s Passion, Purpose and Potential. How does it work? By swiping cards with easy to answer questions, Lift gets to know what you like and give you (career) recommendations. You’ll discover companies and positions in your area that fit your interests.

Get in touch: robbert@lift.cards


Mathijs Koper | World Startup Factory

World Startup Factory is dedicated to help founders build successful ventures with positive impact by investing, exploring and learning together. Helping founders takes more than casual feedback over a single cup of coffee. It takes passion, skills, knowledge and endurance from all the stakeholders to go from a zero to something far beyond. At World Startup Factory we gather the bright and passionate who dare to take this journey with them.

Get in touch: mathijs@worldstartupfactory.com


Mark Ruijsendaal | The Hague Security Delta

The Hague Security Delta (HSD) is the leading security cluster in Europe. In this Dutch cluster, located in The Hague, businesses, governments, and knowledge institutions work together on innovations and knowledge in the field of cyber security, national and urban security, protection of critical infrastructure, and forensics. They share a common goal: more business activity, more jobs and a secure world.

Get in touch: mark.ruijsendaal@thehaguesecuritydelta.com


Jorick Beijer | The Class of 2020

European Platform on student housing and internationalisation of education. The mission of the class of 2020 is to be the leading think tank and platform on student housing in Europe. They aim for a student housing market that is open, international, professional, sophisticated and developed to fully accommodate student needs.

Get in touch: jorick@theclassof2020.org


Gerrit Jan van ‘t Veen | Border Sessions

Each year the international technology festival Border Sessions gathers a passionate crowd of makers, scientist, innovators, students, creative pioneers and many others in The Hague. But despite the success many managers do not dare to let their employees visit the event. “I wanted to go, but unfortunately I couldn’t take a day leave for this.” We hear it too often. How can we change this? We came up with a couple of solutions for this and look forward to validate this during CC2017.

Get in touch: gj@dutch-coast.com


The Art of creating a Global Talent Hub

08.30 Coffee & croissants  
09.00 Opening CC 2017 Jeremy Wigmore, Chairman ICP
Julia Taddei, Brazil
  Nicole van Haelst, Director ICP
Good practices in Europe Nikolaj Lubanski, Director for Talent Attraction Copenhagen Capacity

Rosa Groen, PHD candidate The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Henk Heemskerk, International Criminal Court

Anna Jane Lester, USA
Talent related investment criteria Thierry Bouffioux, Investor
Vincent van de Poll, NL
Validating Talent Hub initiatives  
“Talent and Technology”:
The Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index 2017
Prof. Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director INSEAD Global Indices
  Jelle Nederstigt, Vice President Operations at Jacobs
Networking Brunch  
12.00 End  



November 3
8:30 am - 12:00 pm


World Trade Center The Hague
Prinses Beatrixlaan 582
The Hague, 2595 BM Netherlands
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