Ambassador André Haspels participates in a video call from his office in Washington, D.C.


To help businesses confront the challenges of the ongoing crisis, the Dutch diplomatic network is organizing the webinars below:

Previous webinars

See our YouTube playlist of all our previous webinars.

Climate Smart Agriculture: Dairy Methane Reduction Technologies in California, Denmark, Netherlands
Speakers: Chris Voell (Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs); Dr. Geetika Joshi (California Department of Food and Agriculture); Leo Oprel (Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality); Claus Mortensen (Agro Business Park); Kees de Koning (Dairy Campus Wageningen University). Watch the video of the webinar.

Internships in the Valley: Impact of COVID-19 for Interns and Talent Partners
Speakers: Eva Janssen – (Internships in the Valley, Vrije Universiteit); Casper Vroemen (Dupont); Maartje Bus (Holland in the Valley Talent Committee); Deborah van den Brande (Consulate General in San Francisco). Watch the video of the webinar.

Urban Planning and Transportation: Best practices in California and the Netherlands
Speakers: Paul Supawanich (City of San Francisco); Lucas van der linde (Goudappel); Allison Arieff (SPUR); Jan Top (Consulate General in San Francisco). Watch the video of the webinar.

Champions in water retainment: Perspectives from CA and NL on groundwater management
With speakers Steven Springhorn and Kris Jones (State of California); Roelof Stuurman and Kathryn Roscoe (Deltares). Watch the video of the webinar on YouTube.

Supporting & Developing Business During COVID-19 in the DC Metro Region
With speakers Joe Greco, Vice President of Containers at Ports America; Martin de Groot, Managing Partner at NL to US; Andrew Kreinik, Regional Manager for Europe, Australia, and New Zealand at the Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of International Trade and Investment; Jérome Larosch, Deputy Head of the Economic Department at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C.; and moderator Stan Veuger, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Boston, a New Center for 17th-Century Dutch Cultural Heritage
With speakers Christopher Atkins, inaugural Van Otterloo-Weatherbie Director of the Center for Netherlandish Art, and Antien Knaap, Art of Europe Curatorial Research Fellow; special guest Joost Taverne, Dutch Cultural Attaché to the US; moderated by Jos Scheffelaar, chairman of the Boston Chapter of the Netherland-America Foundation. Watch the video of the webinar.

Pandemics & Pivots: a Silicon Valley approach to the New Reality
With speakers Paul Kallmes (Whitespace X); Jock Breitwieser (StorageCraft); and Michael Dooijes (startup liaison, Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco). Watch the video of the webinar.

Anne Frank: A History for Today | Students Become Teachers from Alaska to New Mexico
Speakers: Students & Teachers; Aaron Peterer & Morgan McCaskill Bailey (Anne Frank House); Maya Soetoro (University of Hawaii – video); Ilana Cone Kennedy (Seattle Holocaust Center – video); Gerbert Kunst (Consul General of the Netherlands). Watch the video of the webinar on YouTube.

LA on the Move – Connecting People through Smart Mobility
Speakers: Lukas van der Kroft (Smart Mobility Embassy); Michiel Strijland (APPM); Peter Wijsman (Arcadis); and Jan Top (Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco). Watch the video of the webinar on YouTube.

Emerging Issues in Cybersecurity: A Quick-start Guide to ISO/UNECE Standards within Automotive
Welcome remarks by Ambassador André Haspels and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. Speakers include Razvan Venter, of Secura and Rafael Boix, Riscure. Watch the video of the webinar.

Building the Transatlantic Rainbow: LGBTQ+ Advocacy in the EU and the US
With speakers: Maria Walsh, Member of the European Parliament representing the Midlands-Northwest constituency in Ireland; Boris Dittrich, Dutch Senator and former Advocacy Director, LGBT Rights Program, Human Rights Watch; Scott Wiener, California State Senator, representing San Francisco and northern San Mateo County, Chair of the California State LGBTQ+ Caucus; Dustin Gardiner of the San Francisco Chronicle is moderator. Video of webinar coming soon.

Launch Seattle Playbook: How to do Business in Seattle and Washington State. Speakers: Arean van Veelen (OfferUp), Martijn van Tilburg (10.000ft), Maaike Doyer (Business Models Inc), Michael Dooijes (startup liaison NLinSF), Anisa Khoshbakhtian (City of Seattle), Gerbert Kunst (Consul General). Video of webinar coming soon.

Investing in an Innovative Approach of Food Production from the Netherlands: The Example of an Agropark
The Covid-19 crisis brought to the light the fragility of international food chains. But even before the pandemic it had become clear that our food system needed updating. The food system of the future must meet a number of essential conditions: healthy, fair, more local and regional, affordable, good quality, and with as little waste as possible. A transition is therefore much needed. One possible solution is a so-called “agropark.” This is a concept where businesses in the agricultural and horticultural sectors and the (processing) industry are cleverly linked together at a single location. Watch the video here.