2019 International City Podium

The ICP (International City Podium) is an annual event to showcase Talent & Career opportunities in The Hague – Rotterdam region and was held this year on 23 May 2019.

Organised by the International Community Platform and supported by partners City of The Hague, the World Trade Center The Hague, Universiteit Leiden, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences (where I work), it’s an interesting and diverse event bringing together students, jobseekers, corporates and other “internationals”.

ICP’s own description of what they do:

ICP is the global talent catalyst, that aims to improve living and working environment of global talent. We create opportunities for growth by improving connections between it’s members, governments, educational institutes, service providers, innovation hubs & programs, to improve the quality of life on topics relevant for international employees in The Netherlands.


With a series of short presentations, and true “elevator pitches” (given in the duration of a ride up and down to the next level), I always learn something new and have many interesting conversations at this event. I’ve also attended in previous years:

This year, Erik Koolwijk talked about opportunities in energy transition:

Julia Taddei is part of the ICP team and helped the event run smoothly:

Ramon Wijers spoke about opportunities in entrepreneurship:

Anh Thu Nguyen shared her view of Women in Innovation and Leadership:

Cor Noltee is a design thinker who encouraged us to ask others how their day is so far…and what we could do to make it better. He also initiated a group thumb wrestle, demonstrating one of the many ways we can connect with others!

Gerko Visee talked about onboarding at The Hague International Centre and what they do to make the city more welcoming and accessible to internationals, working with partners such as ACCESS-NL.

Elja Daae from Super Social talked about the art of connecting online:

Jordy Veth discussed opportunities with the School of Mastery:

Bharat Itagi talked about International relations and law:

Mark Rijsendaal covered opportunities in IT and (Cyber) Security:

I really enjoyed (re)connecting with people I have known for some time: Lencola and Roel were two friends I made via Toastmasters when I first moved to the Netherlands back in 2002 and it’s always a delight to see them:

Was great to also have the chance to talk more to others I have just met, such as Yaser Khalay, who was in my LinkedIn class and is currently looking for work.

Thanks to director of ICP, Nicole van Haelst, and her team for the work they put into making this happen. They stood out in their bright colours. Nicole spoke about the Impact Economy in The Hague and beyond:

Overall there was an abundance of ideas, resources and opportunities at the event. I enjoyed the prompts to network with question cards from the great School of Life. There were also “career corners” where jobseekers could find out more about great places to work in The Hague and Rotterdam region.

You can see my own Google photo album here with a few short videos too: https://photos.app.goo.gl/qQiWktr1purKS6dBA

The official event photographs are here: https://www.icplatform.nl/international-city-podium-2019/

For more information visit the ICP website:



See you there next year?

Renee 🙂

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