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Henk Veldman

It was a great time and I met a lot of interesting people. [SOAS] made me understand a little bit better how Africa works.

Year graduated from SOAS
2007

Programme studied
Msc African Politics

Current job title and name of organisation
Project Coordinator at Netherlands African Business Council

Can you give current students any tips on getting into this kind of work?
Networking is important! At least in Holland it is. Just call the companies and organisations. Just sending letters is not enough.

What do you like about what you do?
NABC is a intermediatary organisation between Dutch and African business people. We promote the business opportunities has to offer and convince Dutch companies to do business in Africa. It includes a lot of travelling and meeting very interesting people from the business community. The private sector is not something that had a strong focus during my masters, but it is a very fascinating and dynamic part of Africa.

How has your time at SOAS helped you succeed in this role?
It was a great time and I met a lot of interesting people. It made me understand a little bit better how Africa works.

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