Breakout session Promising Markets

3 parallel Break Out Sessions on the most prominent markets

In the first set of Break Out sessions the most interesting markets at the moment will be discussed. You will attain inside information from professionals in the field. At the end you will receive a Give Away met practical information.

Germany, largest EU economy

Our neighboring country is the largest European market in the construction and real estate sector and the country where Dutch architects attain their largest international turnover. There is currently more work in Germany than the German architects can offer thanks to years of economic growth. An ideal time to gain international experience close to home!

  Floris Beemster, municipality of Amsterdam / NL embassy Berlin

Floris Beemster lives and works in Germany and, as project manager, represents the regions of Amsterdam and Utrecht and Creative Holland in southern Germany. He is responsible for the implementation of the South Germany strategy of the Amsterdam and Utrecht regions, which are committed to connecting the triple helix of two of the most innovative regions in Europe. As a connector and creative Deutschlandversteher, he builds and distributes a network for parties in the SME sector, the government and knowledge institutions focused on trade and knowledge exchange. His focus is on urban innovation and the creative industry.

  Host: Alexander Pastoors, beleidsmedewerker BNA
Alexander speaks fluent German and has roots in Southern Germany, Franconia. As an experienced policy officer in design process and technology at the BNA, he has gained a lot of knowledge about sustainable development, BIM, urbanism, sustainability and renewable energy within architecture and planning. Alexander attained his Master with a focus on architecture and studied at Delft University of Technology and he represents the interests of architects in ‘The Hague’ for the BNA.

Opportunities in the Golf

With the World Exposition in Dubai in 2020 coming up, it is time to explore the markets in the Gulf Region. The Arab states in the Gulf are fully engaged in an economic transition from the traditional oil industry into real estate, tourism and hospitality, sustainability and technological developments. This transition period offers excellent opportunities for creative professionals such as the many cultural, infrastructure and housing projects that are running at the moment.

  V8 Architects

V8 Architects is part of thehas been selected for the design and construction of the Dutch pavilion during EXPO 2020 in Dubai. With a pavilion that is not a building in the traditional sense, but a temporary climate system built with locally available building materials, the Netherlands participates in the Dubai EXPO 2020 in a distinctive way.


Host: Dafne van Baarle, Arabist

Dafne van Baarle is an Arabist and cultural broker with the Arab world. As a Arabist with a Dutch background, extensive experience and large network in the region, she likes to bridge the gap between the Netherlands and the Arab world. She is also a board member at the Roia Foundation in the Netherlands and an expert within the Grote Midden-Oosten Platform.

Africa, biggest upcoming economy

Africa will play an increasingly important role as an international market in the future, and there are major urban and spatial issues. On this continent of major diversities it is important to know in which countries and urban agglomerations opportunities arise; the experts will guide you through this largest emerging economy.


Rosmarijn Fens, NABC.

Rosmarijn has worked in 3 different continents and 7 different countries in the last 20 years. At NABC, Rosmarijn is in charge of organizing the fourth edition of Africa Works! This event is organized to position, promote and market the African continent as a valuable trade and investment destination. The NABC supports more than 350 Dutch companies in the creation and development of business activities on the African continent, these include large multinationals, SME’s and start-ups.

Host: Robert Kats, DASUDA, BKVV
Robert van Kats is co-founder and Architect Partner or Blok Kats van Veen Architects. He is co-founder or Butterfly Housing and chairman of DASUDA, Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa. Liaison and partner offices have recently been established in different countries. Robert specializes in sustainable architecture in tropical climates to obtain self-sufficiency; use of local materials and labor; low energy consumption; and high comfort, in balance.

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