Mr. Aditya Putta

Stories that inspire action are the most important thing in life for Aditya. To listen, read, write and narrate stories is what he lives for! His life is always interesting - meeting several hundreds of founders every year that are contributing towards the United Nations SDGs. As the Startup Selection Lead at World Startup Factory, he leads a team that contributed in making more than 45 investment deals. And as the Program Manager for Capital Tour XXL, he'll be involved in creating one of the biggest and vibrant investment events in The Netherlands. One his top priority right now is to help international startups understand the commercialisation and investment possibilities in The Netherlands.





Mr. Ruben van Aarle

Ruben van Aarle started his professional career in 1998 as a tax lawyer at Arthur Andersen, from where he moved to Deloitte in 2002. As Manager of International & Corporate Taxation. Ruben worked for medium-sized and large national and multinational enterprises (including listed companies) in a variety of industries, ranging from manufacturing, construction, telecommunications, ICT, transport and logistics to fashion and food.

His work has brought him into close contact with the various fields of tax law, in both a national and international context. He was one of the founding partners of Taxperience Tax Lawyers mid-2005, with offices in The Netherlands, Russia, Poland and Czech Republic.

His expertise covers advising Dutch and foreign based multinationals on Dutch domestic and international (corporate) tax issues. Areas of expertise include group restructuring and reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions and divestures, management of transfer pricing projects, coordination of legal and tax compliance matters, as well as optimizing and implementing tax efficient group structures. tax advice on IPOs, and developing and settling finance structures.

Besides extensive international corporate tax advisory, clients are assisted in Dutch tax audits and tax accounting projects as well as complex consultative and negotiating rounds of discussions with Dutch and non-Dutch tax authorities. He is also well-versed in negotiating Advance Pricing Agreements and handling Mutual Agreement Procedures with Dutch and non-Dutch Ministries of Finance.

Ms. Katerina Veliskova

Katerina combines experience in sales, account management, marketing and customer experience in international business-to-business environment.
She is the co-founder and Board member of the Czech Dutch Chamber of Commerce, established five years ago in The Hague. 
Katerina has spent the past 11 years in various Sales and Marketing roles at CEVA Logistics, a global supply chain company, most recently Director Sales and Global Key Account Manager and Director, Global Marketing. Prior to joining CEVA, Katerina was leading EMEA marketing at Itron, a global provider of energy data management solutions. She started her career at Lexmark where she held various roles with its European supply chain organization in the Czech Republic, France, Ireland and the Netherlands. 
Katerina holds a Master degree in Business Management (Czech Republic) and in Marketing & Production (France). 
A Czech native, she has been living in the Netherlands since 2001.
A Board Member, Czech Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Thom Wernke

28 year old co-founder of a Coworking Space Operator with 3 locations in Rotterdam and Amsterdam; StartDock Coworking. Responsible for growth, fundraising, sales & marketing.

Ms. Andrea Marzova

I gave up the career in law,  because i could not stay at the desk with documents and files the whole career. Communication, personal touch and interaction with people means a base of my daily assesments and very important part of my work.

My career goals have never been the money itself – more important for me is having a fulfilling job with various tasks and enough trust from management towards me, which would gives me a certain freedom to meet decissions or solve prospective obstacles.

Mr. Farhad Amiri 
For Farhad Amiri, life is all about keeping curious, enabling growth and managing change. Whether that’s in his capacity as the founder and now chairman of the supervisory board of non-profit organisation Language Institute (Rotterdam) – which aims to open new doors for expats in the Netherlands by offering affordable language courses and cultural training – or in his role at NIBC Bank as an in-house strategy and innovation consultant. Before NIBC, Farhad worked as a banking and capital markets consultant at EY across EMEA and was part of a core innovation team called EYnovation. Farhad also worked as a business development consultant at law firm Pels Rijken & Drooglever Fortuijn, and as a consultant in the M&A division of Grant Thornton. In terms of his academic career, Farhad studied International Business and Management at the University of Groningen, as part of which he spent six months at Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan. Farhad also has master’s degrees in Finance & Investment, and Accounting & Financial Management, as well as a master’s in Financial Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Farhad is passionate about coaching and advising startups and scaleups with respect to financial, regulatory and governance topics. 


Mr. Duncan de Vries

Duncan de Vries is head of Innovation Lab at NIBC Bank. He has worked in the financial service industry for the last 15 years in different roles. In his previous roles as portfolio manager corporate credit he has seen different companies across a broad range of industries, and he has a good understanding of the market as senior macroeconomist.
In his current role he has been scouting for FinTechs (startups – and scaleups) for strategic partnerships, to pilot new ideas or to improve current processes by using new technologies.