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Congress Day

12:00 - 15:45

Host: Tom Marshall

Founding member of Tom Marshall

  • Tom is working as a climate career coach and speaker.
  • In 2018, received the Rotterdam School of Management Distinguished Alumnus award for his impact by setting up Extraordinary Life.
  • Speaker at 150+ events, and even 5000 students in the stadium that hosted the 2021 Eurovision.

Bei Wang

Cultural Broker and Digital China Expert at FIVE Degrees and creative studio StraightFire

  • Bei co-founded the digital consulting firm FIVE Degrees and creative studio StraightFire.
  • Currently an university lecturer of Creative Business and working on her PhD about digital transformation in China and Global South.
  • Is in the 2023 list of Strong Women in IT Global Edition.

Valérie Hoeks

Managing Partner at China Inroads

  • Valérie completed Sinology Masters and spent the next twenty years gaining valuable experience in Chinese business world.
  • More than 20 years of experience in promoting China-EU strategic cooperation in various fields
  • Provides strategic advice to multinational management teams, coordinates and promotes cross-cultural teamwork, and helps address the challenges of complex China-EU business cooperation.

Boudewijn Poldermans

Vice Chairman at Netherlands China Business Council

  • Pronounced Asian orientation gained through having studied and worked for more than 40 years for multi-national corporations and institutions in East and South East Asia.
  • Key note speaker at private and academic conferences and seminars and regularly consulted by the audio and visual media in the Netherlands, China and Belgium.
  • Board member and advisor of many foundations, clubs and associations promoting business, technology, educational and cultural exchanges between China, Vietnam and the Netherlands ; co-author of the draft official China policy of the Netherlands government

Sumit Arora

Managing Director and Board Member at Ant Group

  • Sumit is a seasoned professional currently holding the roles of Managing Director and Board Member for the EEA and UK region at Ant Group, a global Fintech leader
  • Throughout his career, Sumit has collaborated with esteemed entities like Pearson Education, BBC, SAP, Christie’s, Tidal Music, Liverpool Football Club, Urban Outfitters and Travel pack on impactful cross-border payment initiatives.
  • With a strong focus on consumer needs, Ant Group’s brands Alipay and WorldFirst have excelled in offering frictionless payment experiences. WorldFirst’s range of cross-border payment solutions, multi-currency accounts, and foreign exchange services have bolstered international trade, supported exporters and importers, and empowered e-commerce by enabling multi-currency payments.

Tim Stok

Director of Public Affairs for the EMEA region of Tencent 

  • Joined in 2021, Tim helped set up the European team and structure for Tencent, a world-leading internet and technology company
  • Prior to Tencent, Tim held public affairs roles in Europe in companies such as AstraZeneca RELX
  • Tim started his career as a civil servant for the Dutch government in The Hague and Brussels


Mark van Rij

Head of Business NL at Chint Solar

  • Worked internationally in the renewable energy industry for almost 18 years, developing large scale wind and solar parks.
  • Experience with different cultures and mindsets of various stakeholders.


Company Fair

15:45 - 18:00

The Company Fair hosted in the Sanders Building on the Erasmus University Rotterdam campus. Join us as multiple companies set up stands, offering valuable insights, resources, and networking prospects. This dynamic event provides a unique chance to engage with various organizations, discover career possibilities, and stay informed about the latest industry trends. Participants, as you explore the CSA-EUR Career Days 2024, don’t forget to pick up your CSA-EUR goodie bag!

Companies attending

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Company Visits


The CSA-EUR Career Days 2024 will be held at Erasmus Pavilion, Sanders Building, Lommerrijk, Hilton Hotel and various other locations.

Erasmus Pavilion

Erasmus Pavilion, situated on the Erasmus University Rotterdam campus, is a modern and versatile venue ideal for a range of events. Its contemporary design and central location make it a popular choice for conferences, social gatherings, and more, offering a stylish setting in the heart of the university campus.

Sanders Building

The Sanders Building at Erasmus University Rotterdam is a modern and architecturally significant structure on the Woudestein Campus. It houses lecture halls, classrooms, faculty offices, and administrative spaces, playing a central role in academic activities.


Rotterdammers have been visiting Lommerrijk for almost 140 years because of its unique, idyllic location on the Bergse Plas in Rotterdam. Lommerrijk is one of the most beautiful locations in Rotterdam for a wedding, birthday party, family day and baby shower – they celebrate all aspects of life. Lommerrijk was also named the best conference venue of the year for its corporate events.

Hilton Hotel

Hilton Hotel stands as a timeless haven in the heart of Rotterdam, offering a perfect blend of luxury and convenience. Renowned for its prestigious setting and opulent atmosphere, Hilton is the premier choice for a range of events, from weddings to corporate gatherings.