Each month we’ll feature a different AABC member in our new Member Spotlight, this month Annebet van Mameren. Would you like to be featured in a future edition of our Member Spotlight? Get in touch with Veronica at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Who are you? (introduce yourself)
Hello! My name is Annebet van Mameren. I am an education consultant from the Netherlands. I run New2nl, a network that brings together expert service providers for international families in the Netherlands. I am Dutch, and married to an American. We are based in Amsterdam, and have two sons who we are raising bilingually.
I have a master’s degree in Organizational, Social and Personality Psychology and a research background in Intercultural Conflicts at Work. I have worked for multinational companies, lived and worked in Italy, and have a thorough understanding of the (educational) challenges international families face when moving to the Netherlands. I regularly share my knowledge and experience through international magazines and websites, and seminars to international companies and parents. I have also written an article for AABC on the Dutch school attendance law: https://aabc.nl/the-dutch-school-attendance-law.
2. When and why did you join the AABC?
I have been a member for two years now.
I was looking for a good business network in Amsterdam, and since my husband is American, and I have many American clients, the AABC seemed to be the right place.
I have met many nice people through AABC, and some of the members have become partners in my Navigate the Netherlands partner package.
3. Tell us about your business and how we can work with you.
I help international families find a school for their children in the Netherlands. For many clients I am one of the first Dutch people they talk to and often they ask me for referrals to other service providers.
In the Navigate the Netherlands partner package I work together with partners to offer valuable services to international families in the Netherlands. I am always on the lookout for new partners. See http://new2nl.com/partner-offers.
4. What are your tips and/or advice about doing business in the Netherlands?
Build up your network, ask around if you need something or someone. There are always people to help you.
Stay true to yourself, be dependable, and always be on time.
You don’t need to speak Dutch in order to do business in the Netherlands, but it surely helps. Good luck.
Photo credit: Magpeye Photography www.magpeyephotography.com
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