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Member Spotlight: Moustafa El Kabbash

Organization consultancy / Housekeeping Expert, Freelancer ZZP’er I'm Moustafa El Kabbash, and I made quite a journey from Egypt to Dubai when I was 19, initially working in the hospitality industry. Later, after relocating to the Netherlands, I found myself in housekeeping. This unique journey gave birth to my idea of creating and consulting in the housekeeping departments of hotels. My company specializes in cleaning services, but it's more than just that. We offer organizational and consulting services, help structure businesses, assist in HR matters, and optimize housekeeping processes. Our primary focus is on hotels and cleaning companies. I believe our services can greatly benefit AABC members by enhancing the efficiency and standards of their operations. How long have you been a member of the AABC? I officially became a member this year, but I've been acquainted with the AABC since 2019 through Art Hotel. I had previously met members and attended several events, so I was familiar with the community before becoming a member. Can you share a memorable experience or success story you've had as a result of being part of the AABC? One of the immediate benefits I've experienced as an AABC member is the expansion of my professional network. This broader network holds the potential for future collaborations and opportunities, which is invaluable. What's one cultural business difference between the Dutch and the American approach that stands out to you, and how have you managed it? Well, I'd say the Dutch approach differs significantly from both the American and my previous experience in Dubai. The Dutch have a unique way of doing business, they are very organized and structured. In Dubai, it's more about dynamic ideas and being two steps ahead. Moreover, the Netherlands is known for its advantageous tax policies, which makes business operations more straightforward. What are some challenges you've faced in your business journey and how did being a part of the AABC help in overcoming them? Challenges are inevitable in any business journey. The beauty of being part of a community like AABC is that you get exposed to different ideas and perspectives. When facing challenges, it's reassuring to know that you can tap into the collective wisdom of fellow members, which often provides fresh solutions. Amsterdam is a vibrant city with a rich history and diverse culture. How does this environment influence or inspire your business operations? Amsterdam is synonymous with freedom and diversity. This city is alive 24/7, and its attraction and lifestyle are truly inspiring. My business thrives in such an environment, where dynamism and innovation are encouraged. If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting a business in Amsterdam, what would it be? Having been in Amsterdam since 2012, my advice is not to underestimate the initial challenges. The smartest way is to thoroughly understand the local culture, taxation, and networks from the outset. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. I regret waiting too long to do so; it's essential to break those barriers early. What's a fun or unexpected fact about yourself that most members might not know? I'm someone who fully embraces life and enjoys it to the max. I'm open-minded, approachable, and consider myself a free spirit, always ready to connect with others. And lastly, if you were to describe our business networking club in three words, what would they be? FUN, Professional, Energetic.

Member Spotlight: Saskia Maas

CEO Boom Chicago A longstanding AABC member, Saskia once held a seat on our board. We're so pleased that she has once again embraced our AABC community. Welcome back, Saskia! What is Boom Chicago? Boom Chicago is an Improv Theater and Comedy Club that has been showcasing outstanding English-language comedy acts for the last 30 years. Their comedic spectacles ignite laughter among both locals and visitors, all in the heart of the city center at their comedy haven on the Rozengracht. Unveiling Cultural Nuances: Dutch Honesty and American Curiosity At Boom Chicago and Boom Chicago for Business, Saskia uncovers distinctive cultural traits the Netherlands and the US. There's Dutch directness, a penchant for expressing thoughts directly, which is often perceived as blunt; while Americans tend to exude curiosity and boundless optimism. Navigating to Boom Chicago: Saskia's Unexpected Voyage During her time as an exchange student in America pursuing a master's degree, Saskia's path converged with the visionaries behind Boom Chicago, who were discussing the idea of launching a theater in Amsterdam. Today, Saskia commands the roles of CEO for both Boom Chicago and Boom Chicago for Business. In this capacity, she spearheads business development, global corporate program production, strategic initiatives, financial matters, sales, and public relations. Saskia, equipped with a master's degree in linguistics from Tilburg University, also completed Nyenrode's esteemed one-year Executive Management Development Program. Her leadership journey extends to THNK, the renowned school of Creative Leadership. Boom Chicago's History With an illustrious history spanning 30 years, Boom Chicago has been showcasing outstanding comedy acts in English, captivating audiences from its comedy sanctuary on the Rozengracht. Distinguished comedians including Seth Meyers, Jordan Peele, and the creative minds behind Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly) have graced the stage. The comedic legacy continues with the next generation taking the spotlight tonight! Click on the following links for more information about Boom Chicago: website, LinkedIn, Instagram and Wikipedia!