Maria van der Heijden, Board Member of NICCT

Maria van der Heijden, Board Member of NICCT

Maria van der Heijden, co-founder of Women on Wings, has been elected as one of the Board members of the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce & Trade (NICCT) in June 2015. The NICCT promotes business relations between the Netherlands and India.

Board of NICCT
The NICCT exists since 2001 and is active in bringing people together in seminars, trade missions, lectures and the annual Netherlands India Business Meet (NIBM) with 300+ business persons from both countries. Maria: “In 2010 Women on Wings received an Honorable Mention of NIBM, a big reward of the India business community in the Netherlands for our work in India. I visit the NIBM every year and expand my network at NICCT events on a regular basis. I am happy to enlarge my contribution in this network with a position in the Board.”

Bringing experience and guidance
Vipin Moharir, Chairman NICCT: “Maria brings extensive experience on areas of institutionalizing CSR & transparent Governance to the NICCT Board. Balancing people, planet & profit is the new challenge for modern, agile organizations and Maria’s experience both in the Netherlands and India puts her in the perfect position to provide guidance to our membership constituency & policy making. Moreover, her smile is contagiously inspiring ….”.

Inform, inspire and influence
With more than 100 Dutch and Indian companies as members, NICCT informs, inspires and influences the eco-system of the business community between the two countries. The NICCT informs its members about relevant business developments in India and the Netherlands. The NICCT inspires its members by organizing various programs throughout the year and providing the opportunity for people to meet peers and build a network. The NICCT influences relevant stakeholders to optimize business relations between the Netherlands and India to the mutual benefit of both countries.

@photo NICCT: the NICCT Board

“Women on Wings brings us a unique and very valuable opportunity to work with and learn from the best business minds and support us as we address the challenge of increasing the number of jobs and livelihood opportunities for women in rural India.”

Zarina Screwvala
Founder & Managing Trustee at Swades Foundation

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