Winsemius Awards Gala Dinner 2018

With great pleasure we look back at the 4th edition of the Winsemius Awards Gala Dinner on 17 May 2018.

Please find here the teaser and 3-minute video of the evening.

We were honoured and privileged that Mr Masagos Zulkifli,  Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, and His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands were our guests of honour. ADB-DutchCham also welcomed distinguished guests, including government representatives, CEOs and managing directors of Dutch and Singaporean companies, as well as the diplomatic circle.


The Awards aim to recognize the achievements of businesses and institutions in areas associated with Dutch business culture and Dutch sector excellence in Singapore, using both Dutch and/or Singaporean resources. This year’s theme is Technological Innovation.

We would like to invite all businesses and institutions who would like to nominate themselves for the awards. Deadline for submission is 8 April 2018 at 11.59 pm.

06:00 pm Registration and cocktail
07:00 pm Opening remarks
07:45 pm Special act
08:00 pm Awards ceremonies and dinner
09:45 pm Special performance
10:00 pm Heineken after drinks
12:00 am End

Grand Hyatt, Grand Ballroom, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211

Please reserve your seats or table here. As there is a limited number of seats, registration will be on first-come-first-serve basis.

Members Important Note for Members:               
Orange Members: are eligible for 11 seats for own staff Members at Members fee; extra seats are available at non-Members fee   
Corporate Members: are eligible for 3 seats for own staff Members at Members fee; extra seats are available at non-Members fee 
Professional Members: are eligible for their own allocated seat at Members fee; extra seats are available at non-Members fee All Members are welcome to invite spouses, clients and business contacts. The non-Members fee will be applicable if the invitee is a ADB-DutchCham Member.

Per pax   S$ 190
Per table S$ 1,900 (11 seats)

Per pax   S$ 230
Per table S$ 2,340 (11 seats)

Dress code
Business & cocktail attire

For any enquiries, please contact us at winsemius[at]


Claudia Zeisberger

Claudia Zeisberger is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise at INSEAD, and the Founder and Academic Director of the school’s private equity centre (GPEI). Through the centre’s work, INSEAD has established itself as the go-to source for insights on PE in emerging markets and as an incubator for talent and professionals.

Her links to alumni in the venture space were instrumental in the 2015 formation of “INSEADAlum Ventures (IAV)”, the school’s first dedicated seed fund, by Alumni – for Alumni.

Professor Zeisberger is known for her extensive research on PE in emerging markets, and her output is a function of her close working relationships with private equity firms and their investee companies, institutional investors, Family Offices and Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Joining Academia in 2005 after a 16-year career in investment banking & alternative investments, allowed her to leverage her extensive network and combine her passion for education & innovation by connecting academia with industry.

In 2010, she launched INSEAD’s popular elective “Managing Corporate Turnarounds,” which combines in-class case studies and visits from industry professionals with an intensive computer-based simulation involving the iconic car brand SAAB and its struggle with bankruptcy. Over a full weekend student teams work to rescue the distressed car manufacturer by drawing on their management, finance and operational skills while facing increasingly complex decisions impacting both the firm’s short-term liquidity and long-term value creation. Students consider MCT the perfect course to put their MBA skills to test; corporations see the simulation as an opportunity to prepare their senior executives for challenging times ahead.

Professor Zeisberger teaches the Private Equity & Venture Capital, Corporate Turnaround and Risk management electives in INSEAD’s MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programmes. She has frequently been nominated for the “Best Teaching Award” in her PE elective and has been awarded the “Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching” annually since 2008.

Professor Zeisberger is a founding committee member of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) in Singapore and was previously on the Board of the Singapore Venture Capital Association (SVCA). She has worked with clients in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Europe & the Middle East and continues to advise institutional investors, Asian family offices, sovereign wealth funds and regulators on Financial Market Dynamics, Risk Management and Private Capital related issues.

Michael Lints
Golden Gate Ventures

I am a partner at Golden Gate Ventures in Singapore. Golden Gate Ventures is an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over 25 investments to date. Golden Gate Ventures invests in internet & mobile startups regardless of sector: ecommerce to payments, mobile applications to SaaS platforms. Companies include online grocer, mobile payments platform Coda Payments, and webbased developer software Golden Gate Ventures has been ranked as a global Top 50 startup investor by Mattermark comparing over 300 incubators, accelerators, and VC firms based on web traffic, mobile downloads, employee count, and social media reach.

Venture capital has showed and continues to show strong growth in South East Asia and has driven much of the increase in deal count in recent quarters of 2015. It helped push capital invested in South East Asia to US$3.7 billion.

I am a proud father of 2 children and married to my lovely wife Marijke. I studied Management and Control of information science. After my graduation, I worked briefly as a project manager at one of the largest insurance companies in the Netherlands, after which I started my own IT business. In 2007, I founded my own venture fund focused on Dutch SME’s before joining Golden Gate Ventures as a venture partner and later as a partner. As a former vice chairman of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam I have had various positions on a societal and administrative level. As a result of which I have been able to build an extensive international network.

In 2011 and 2014 I studied Financial Analysis for Business Valuation, and Private Equity and Venture Capital at Harvard Business School in Cambridge. I have over 17 years entrepreneurial and managerial experience. I truly believe in a balanced life. I have various hobbies. Sports is one of my favorites. I was a member of the Dutch Karate Team for 3 years during my late teens. I love to run and trying to be a competitive cyclist. I ran the marathons of Rotterdam and New York and in 2016 I finished the marathon in Singapore. In June 2017 I was able to complete one of my life goals, to finish the Ironman 70.3 in Hawaii.

Mieke de Schepper

Mieke De Schepper is Chief Commercial Officer. She brings more than 15 years of experience in managing B2C and B2B businesses to the role. Mieke is also a non-executive member of the supervisory board of trivago.
Before joining Egencia in 2017, she served as the Vice President Market Management Asia Pacific for the Lodging Partner Services organization in Expedia group. During her tenure, Mieke was responsible for driving key account management relationships with hotel partners in APAC and coordinating the execution of business strategy for Lodging Partner Services.
Prior to Expedia, Mieke was the managing director of Philips Lighting Singapore and emerging markets. She started her career at Philips in global product marketing for the Video & Multimedia Applications. Subsequently, Mieke was appointed Senior Director of Consumer Lighting Marketing and Channel Development for Asia Pacific.
Earlier in her career, Mieke was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, based in Europe.
A Dutch national, Mieke moved to Singapore in 2004, her home ever since. Mieke holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Industrial Design Engineering from the Delft University of Technology.

Clarence Chua
EDB Singapore

Director Clarence Chua leads the Professional Services cluster and Japan and Korea Desk at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). He graduated from the University of Tokyo with a Bachelor (Gakushi) of Economics and worked in EDB’s international policies and electronics divisions. From 2008 to 2013, Clarence was based in Japan. He was first appointed as First Secretary (Industry) at the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Japan and then Consul at the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Osaka. Subsequently, Clarence became the Counsellor (Industry) at the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Tokyo, leading EDB’s operations in Japan as Regional Director.

Upon his return to Singapore in 2013, Clarence was appointed as Director for EDB’s Corporate Planning division which oversees EDB’s performance as Singapore’s lead economic development agency. With effect from October 2015, he took on the role of leading the Professional Services cluster. He is concurrently Director Japan and Korea desk, overseeing Singapore’s economic relationship with Japan and Korea.

ONG Soh Khim

Associate Professor ONG Soh Khim
Title: PhD
Designation: Associate Professor
Organization: National University of Singapore, Mechanical Engineering Department SK Ong lectures at National University of Singapore, and her research interests are virtual and augmented reality applications in manufacturing, ubiquitous manufacturing, assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering. She is well known both internationally and nationally. She has received many accolades, including the 2004 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, US Society of Manufacturing Engineers, where she is the 1st ASEAN female to have received this award since the award was established. She is elected a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering CIRP in August 2012, where she is the first from Asia and the 4th female fellow in the world to be elected. She received the 2004 Singapore Youth Award. 2013 Singapore Youth Award Medal of Commendation, 2009 Emerging Leaders Award in Academia, US Society for Women Engineers, and the Great Women of Our Time Award 2015. She served as a Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament from 02/02/2005 to 19/04/2006. She is passionate about gender diversity and leadership in STEM in particular Engineering.

Jadranko Dovic

Jadranko Dovic is Managing Director of VDL Enabling technologies Group Singapore Pte. Ltd., a first tier contract manufacturing company serving the semiconductor-, LED- and analytical equipment market with complex mechatronic and vacuum system-modules. For the critical to quality make parts of these systems, VDL ETG Singapore runs an in house state of the art manufacturing operation of 5-axis machining, frame welding and precision (robot-)welding for vacuum parts. Together with the purchased components by the supply chain management department, these make parts are assembled in cleanrooms into complete systems, which will be tested and qualified before shipment to the customer.
Typical size of VDL ETG Singapore is over €100M annual turnover, currently operated by more than 500 employees.
After graduating Mechatronic Engineering at Technical University Eindhoven, Jadranko started his career as mechatronic developer at Philips Research. In 2001 he moved outside Philips to a production equipment manufacturer for optical media (CD/DVD/BluRay), which was acquired by VDL in 2005. In 2008 Jadranko shifted internal VDL to VDL ETG, as MD responsible for the P&L of the prototyping factory. Since Jan 1 st 2016 Jadranko embarked on his current position of MD in Singapore.

Vladan Babovic

Vladan Babovic is a leading scientist in the field of hydroinformatics where he has been spearheading research in data-driven research and computer modeling of hydraulics and hydrological phenomena from early 1990s. In more recent years, his work on flexibility and real options pertaining to decision-making under deep uncertainties in water- and climate-related domains gaining wider recognition.
In addition to being a leading researcher and educator, Vladan is a scientist entrepreneur who was instrumental in securing funding and subsequently lead establishment and managed growth of research institutes, 65 million Singapore Delft Water Alliance (SDWA) and NUSDeltares, for both of which he served as a founding Director. Under his leadership SDWA and NUSDeltares were recognized in March 2014 by prestigious Winsemius Awards.
Vladan also served five years on DutchCham’s Board of Directors during which time he helped establish Singapore Netherlands Water House.

He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Engineers (Singapore).

Maureen de Rooij

Ms. DeRooij is the CEO Asia-Pacific for ABN AMRO Bank and is based in Singapore where she also is Country Executive. ABN AMRO Bank’s business in Asia-Pacific includes Corporate Advisory, Structured Debt Solutions and Financial Markets and focuses on client segments in the Natural Resources, Transportation, Food and Beverage, Trade and Commodity and Financial Institutions space. The bank also has Clearing operations in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney and Singapore. Ms. DeRooij previously worked for Standard Chartered based in Singapore where she first started in 2005 as Global Head of Natural Resources and Commodity Trading and was later appointed as Group Chief Operating Officer for the Wholesale bank’s Client Business covering 50 countries.

Before joining Standard Chartered Bank, Ms. DeRooij built the global structured commodity
product capability for Citigroup based in New York and headed its Americas business. She was on the Board of Citigroup’s International Trading Company as well as the Editorial Board of Euromoney’s Trade Finance Magazine. Ms. DeRooij ran the North Americas Structured
Commodity Business five years earlier for ABN AMRO Bank based in Chicago. Ms. DeRooij
commenced her career at ABN AMRO Bank in the Netherlands where she held a number of
executive positions including that of Senior Risk Approver advising on large-scale structured
transactions for Northeast Asia.

Ms. DeRooij holds a master’s degree in Corporate Law (LLM) from the Rijksuniversiteit of Leiden and a MBA degree from the University of Chicago.
Ms. DeRooij served on the Singapore Management University’s (SMU) International Trading
Track and Research Committee and is currently a member of the advisory board of SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business. She is on the Board of the Europe-Asean Business Alliance as well as the Singapore World Wildlife Fund. She is a frequent speaker and chairman of industry events organised by institutes such as the Financial Times, Dow Jones, Euromoney, Reuters, the American and European Chambers of Commerce, and occasionally provides commentary on Bloomberg and CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange business news programme. She is a regular guest lecturer at INSEAD speaking on operational risk.