Program March 2016


Speech by Michiel Bicker Caarten

Location: Hilton

Time: 18:30

New Media: The future of the media and where do/will we get our knowledge from by Michiel Bicker Caarten, journalist, media-entrepreneur and co-founder of Business Nieuws Radio (BNR), which in 1998 became the first all-news radio station to challenge the state broadcasting system. It still is.

He also worked - chronologically - as a reporter for the Daily News in New York, NRC Handelsblad, RTL Nieuws, CNBC Europe. He has written two books and is currently publisher and writer of De Bicker, a daily newsletter with a circulation of 6.000 with selected news about science, technology, psychology


Speech by David R. McCawley

Partner & Friends Evening

Location: Hilton

Time: 18:30

David R. McCawley, Consul General of the United States will give us a broad overview of how U.S. Consulate helps the overall U.S. mission from The Netherlands

A native of California, David joined the Foreign Service in March 1998 and has served on five continents.  Prior to his assignment as the U.S. Consul General to Amsterdam, he served as the Consular Coordinator for Vietnam based in Ho Chi Minh City.  There he oversaw countrywide operations and managed the Mission’s response to a historic increase in the demand for U.S. visas and other consular services.  Prior to that, David served as the Senior Country Officer for France in the Department of State’s Bureau of Western European Affairs where he advised senior U.S. officials and helped formulate policy on matters involving France and other European partners.  He has also served at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, where he oversaw implementation of major aspects of the 1994 Migration Accords between the two countries.  In addition, he has served in Mexico, Namibia, Belgium and Colombia. 

David has been the recipient of numerous Department of State Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards.  He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the London School of Economics.  He speaks Spanish and French along with a modest level of Vietnamese.  He met his wife Sandra Cabrera during his first tour in Bogota and together they are raising three beautiful daughters.


Personal Statement by Bridget Simpkins

Location: Hilton

Time: 18:30

Our member, Bridget Simpkins, will talk about her experience to bike 1200km to the Mont Ventoux, for a cause she believes in: the fight against cancer.

Last May Bridget cycled 1200km from South Holland to Mount Ventoux in the South of France with a team of 8 colleagues and friends.

It took them 8 days and they raised more than Euro 4,000 for a charity called Klimmen Tegen MS which supports research for Multiple Sclerosis.

One of the participants was an MS patient who is also a journalist for the MS cause.


Bridget works for Teva Pharmaceuticals which has been the main sponsor of this event for the last three years. She will be taking part again this year on June 11th but this time will fly down to the South of France and attempt to climb Mount Ventoux from 3 different routes.


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