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MDBC Edu 360: Working with the Dutch

October 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dear MDBC members,

Being a small nation in Europe, the Dutch have always looked outward, seeking new horizons and new encounters.  They are well known for their directness, but there is more than that to Dutch culture.  So what do you need to know to work harmoniously with the Dutch?  Come and sign up for our upcoming webinar with Cultural Impact to explore what mindset, skills, and attitude one needs to display to collaborate effectively with Dutch colleagues and business stakeholders.

Our invited Dutch speakers will explain how others can work with Dutch people, and explain certain behavioral traits.  We have also invited a local speaker who  will share his experience of what it is like to work with Dutch people.

Date:  Tuesday, 6 October
Time:  16:00 – 17:00 hrs
Venue: Zoom Webinar
Fees: Complimentary for MDBC members and Cultural Impact guests



H.E. Aart Jacobi (Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

The Ambassador joined the Embassy here in Malaysia after his posting to Japan and brings with him a wealth of experience in the Asian region.  He is skilled in Intercultural Communication, Political Science, Government, Dutch and International Relations.  He is a strong community and social services professional with a Master of Arts focused in Japanese Constitutional Law from Kyoto University.


Zainul Rahim (Chairman, MDBC)
Zainul Rahim Mohd Zain retired from Shell on 30 June 2008. His last assignment, prior to retirement, was as the Chairman of Shell Companies in Egypt, as well as the Managing Director of Shell Egypt N.V. (an Exploration and Production company).

He is currently the Board Chairman of Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd, Cenergi SEA Sdn Bhd, and the Malaysian Dutch Business Council, and is a board member of Standard Chartered Saadiq Bhd. He was formerly an Adviser of Sime Darby’s Energy & Utilities Division, a Board member of Petronas Carigali Overseas Sdn Bhd, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, Lestari SEA Ltd, Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Bhd, UKM Holdings Sdn Bhd, and redT Energy Plc.

Suerd Polderdijk (Head, Frames APAC)

After graduating with honours from Delft University of Technology, Suerd spent the first years of his career at the Dutch Ministry of Transport.  Keen to live and work in an international and multicultural setting, he joined Frames, a systems supplier for Oil & Gas and Renewable Energies. Since 2013, Suerd has been the head of Frames’ regional office in Kuala Lumpur and is responsible for business development, sales, supply chain, and operations in the Asia – Pacific region.

Suerd has also been a member of the MDBC Board of Directors since 2015.




MDBC Education 360:
Education 360 is an initiative of MDBC giving business professionals an opportunity to gain invaluable and essential knowledge about trending business related topics from the leading field experts.  The contents of the Education 360 workshops are applicable to a wide range of businesses.




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October 6, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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