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7 December 20235 minute read

COP28 in Conversation networking event

7 December 2023, 19:00 - 21:00 GST


Residence of the CG
Al Barsha 2
Street 16B
House Number 44
Dubai, UAE


The Netherlands Business Council UAE and DLA Piper Netherlands, would like to invite you to our COP28 networking event, which will be held on Thursday, 7 December, from 19:00 onwards and will be hosted at the residence of the Netherlands Consul General in Dubai.

Our planet’s temperature is rising. Biodiversity is collapsing. The world’s population keeps on growing. And social pressure is increasing by the day. The urgency for a more sustainable future is both pervasive and non-negotiable.

Dutch companies are also dealing with an evolving world, where making the transition to a more sustainable future is a critical necessity for every business. As part of this transition, ESG expectations and legal framework play a more important role in driving performance and meeting stakeholder expectations.

With great honour, we would like to announce that Feike Sijbesma will be opening our network event as guest speaker.

In his current roles, as co-chairman of the Global Center on Adaptation and co-chair CEO Climate Leaders Alliance, he is involved in tackling the major challenges of climate change. He is a great motivator and challenger who shares his experience and examples to create awareness of the importance that we should all take our responsibility to make the world a better place.

He is one of the best positioned people to bring us up to speed on the developments during COP and broader.

The opening speech will be followed by networking drinks, during which you will have the opportunity to engage and mingle with other members and guests from the NBC and DLA Piper.



Feike Sijbesma

Co-chair, Global Center for Climate Adaptation former CEO DSM Chair Philips

Feike is the former CEO of DSM. Under his management, DSM transformed from bulk chemicals into an innovative sustainable life science company. Since mid-2020, Sijbesma focuses on several board positions (a.o. chairman of Royal Philips and Unilever), as well as climate (adaptation). He co-chairs with former UN SG Ban Ki-moon the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA). In 2023, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Sijbesma as one of 22 members of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement's lead group

A few years ago a video was created with the theme you know which is still spot on:

The story of DSM through the eyes of CEO, Feike Sijbesma - YouTube