Our management board



Ad Ketelaars
President of the Board to be elected
Board Member EuroCham

CEO at Spinta Pte Ltd


  • Investor, advisor and mentor for BtB Tech start-up and SME companies
  • MBA from INSEAD ( MBA87J)
  • Over 30 years of experience as CEO in the Telecom , Electronics and IT Industry
  • Worked for Dutch, French, American, Japanese and Israeli companies
  • Based in Singapore since January 2015



“Over a decade connecting people in Singapore”


Mieke De Schepper
Vice President of the Board
Co-Chair of the Travel & Hospitality Committee


Vice President Asia Pacific
at Expedia Inc.


  • Responsible for APAC hotel relationships for all Expedia brands
  • Prior GM, Philips Lightning Singapore, Brunei, Myanmar & Mongolia; prior global consumer marketing at Philips Video & Multimedia Applications, APAC Senior Director Consumer Lighting Marketing and Sales
  • Prior consultant in McKinsey & Company, Amsterdam
  • MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Industrial Design Engineering from the Delft University of Technology
  • +11 years in Singapore


“From a one-man show to large MNC, DutchCham has you covered”

Bas Winkel
Honorary Treasurer


Managing Director
at LeaseWeb Asia Pacific


  • Prior held various senior IT and Operations positions at ING in Singapore, the Netherlands and Belgium. Last position: Director Operations Business Lending, Asia at ING
  • Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Groningen
  • Working in Singapore for +12 years


Willem Verhaagen
Honorary Treasurer to be elected


CFO Asia Pacific at Randstad

  • Is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for APAC at Randstad, one of the world’s largest HR services companies
  • As CFO for Randstad (including India and Japan) oversees the overall and financial strategy and operations of more than 4,000 employees and total revenue of$ 1.6 
  • With Randstad since December 2007
  • Over the last 10 years worked in various operating companies within Randstad across The Netherlands, Switzerland and India. 
  • Started career at PwC and held various Finance and Procurement positions at Pearle Opticians and Heineken.
  • Holds the Dutch equivalent of CPA (RA).



“I work with a lot of technology startups as well as large organizations and am often able to bring the two worlds together, helping both parties achieve greater business success.”

Arnout Mostert

Board Member


Partner at AccelerAsia


  • Partner at AccelerAsia, which he founded with two partners in 2009. AccelerAsia helps rapidly growing companies expand in Asia Pacific and the Middle East
  • Eight years’ global marketing experience from working at Shell
  • Mentors startups in various forums (Seedcamp, Startupbootcamp, Founder Institute)
  • Has a master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University and an INSEAD MBA
  • Has an extensive network in the region
  • +13 years in Singapore


“Working for Air France-KLM in marketing, branding and communication in South East Asia, I have been providing support to the DutchCham team to create and implement a professional marketing communication plan and assist with a variety of communication activities”

Edith Kraaijeveld
Board Member


CRM & Public Relations manager
at Air France KLM Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia


  • Started working with KLM in Singapore in 1996 and has held several positions in ground handling, customer care, direct sales and marketing
  • First came to Singapore in 1978
  • Prior to moving back to Singapore in 1993, Studied Journalism at Curtin University, Perth Australia
  • +29 years in Singapore


“A self-starting attitude, enthusiasm and a helping hand when planning under pressure!”

Olivier van Hardenbroek

Board Member


Business Manager Energy, Commodities and Transportation Clients Asia
at ABN AMRO Bank


  • Joined ABN AMRO Singapore in 2011; prior to which he was relationship manager for Commercial Banking in Rotterdam
  • Holds a Masters degree in International Business Administration and Finance from the Maastricht University
  • Lived and studied throughout Asia including Brunei, China, India and Singapore
  • +5 years in Singapore



Ghislaine Nadaud

Board Member to be elected


Head of Sustainability Asia Pacific at ABN AMRO Bank

  • Started her career as an attorney and was practicing corporate and employment law in The Hague and Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
  • Quickly gaining professional momentum and became legal counsel for ABN AMRO in 2006.
  • Since 2011, specialized and developed expertise in Sustainable Banking: Policy & Risk Management.
  • Moved to Singapore in September 2016 to set up the sustainability department within ABN AMRO’s Corporate & Institutional Business for the Asia Pacific region.
  • Takes the lead In APAC on engaging with clients, NGO’s and other important stakeholders on matters related to sustainability risk management (with a special focus on human rights due diligence and value chain management) as well as sustainable finance.
  • Since 2016 Chair of the Sustainable Business Committee of DutchCham






“Connecting people.”

Hans Akerboom


Deputy Ambassador
at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands


  • Hans has been working as the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore since August 2014
  • He is also the Head of the economic section in the Embassy, which deals with trade, innovation, investment and agriculture
  • Hans is a career diplomat and has also worked in Angola, Yemen and Ethiopia.
  • In his previous job Hans worked as the spokesperson for Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade
  • +2 years in Singapore



Executive team



“Connecting people and ideas in the key to unlock business opportunities. That is what we do best!” 

Nele Cornelis

Executive Director


  • Joined DutchCham (S) in 2011
  • Lived and worked in Europe and in the US, Washington DC area for 7 years
  • Was in several senior marketing/sales and communications positions at major media concerns like Chicago Tribune Media, Corelio (VUM) and De Tijd
  • Played a key role for a joint venture of the sales divisions of the main financial publications within the EuroNext zone (De Tijd, Les Echos and Het Financieele Dagblad)
  • Masters degree in Business Administration (EHSAL Management School, Brussels), Post Master degree (University of Brussels) and Bachelor in Mass Communications (Artevelde University college, Ghent)
  • +8 years in Singapore


“Providing easy access to the business platform most relevant to you in this little red dot.”

Mirjam Hansen
Business  and Committee Manager


  • Master’s degree in Development Studies from Uppsala University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business & Management from the Hanze University Groningen
  • Prior Policy Officer at the Sustainable Economic Development Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague
  • Worked and studied in the Netherlands, Peru, Sweden, Finland, Spain and Singapore
  • +2 years in Singapore

“Playing a key role behind the scenes, both for members and colleagues.”


Saskia Kops
Admin Officer


  • Grade upper secondary vocational education in business and administration
  • Worked with Radio Netherlands, NOS Teletekst and Wing Surveys
  • Previously worked 8.5 years as an administrative officer and project manager for Sablebonne Communications in the Netherlands
  • Involved with project management, media procurement, administration and office management
  • Lived in the Netherlands, St.Maarten (Caribbean), Indonesia and Singapore
  • +2 years in Singapore