Wednesday 24th May 2017

A big thank you to everybody involved in making this a great event! Enjoy the photos!

Photography by: Carj Studio (

Yours sincerely,

Nico Koomen

Director of programmes
Arnhem Business School
HAN University of Applied Sciences

We’re very pleased to invite you to our ABS business event on Wednesday May 24th 2017 in the auditorium of our campus at the Ruitenberglaan 31 in Arnhem (Get directions and show routes).

This event is part of a sequence where our business school invites business partners, academic partners and our international students to participate in a forum discussion on current business challenges. The theme for this event will be: “Silk Road, business as usual?”

The “New Silk Road” is an infrastructure project expected to significantly accelerate delivery and reduce the cost of goods from China to Europe through Central Asia and the Caucasus. For this project, Beijing established the $40 billion Silk Road fund, as well as the $100 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

We have been able to find a mix of key note speakers to assess and discuss the potential consequences of this new Silk Road for business and logistics.

The following key note speakers have confirmed their participation in the event:


  • Mr Karl Gheysen – Executive Director Europe Region KTZ Express
  • Mr Christiaan van Luik – Policy advisor of ‘Transport en Logistiek Nederland’ (TLN)
  • Mr Kees Ruijgrok – Professor Emeritus Transport and Logistics Management (TIAS and Eindhoven University)
  • Mr Stef Weijers – Professor of Logistics & Alliances (HAN University of Applied Sciences), and Programme Director ‘Kennis DC Logistiek Gelderland’
  • Mr Ron van der Wegen – Senior Director Global Strategic Sourcing of Logitech Europe

You can find the programme below.

If you would like to join this ABS event, please confirm your attendance before May 22, 2017 with You can contact Brenda for any inquiry under + 31 6 55 49 32 80.



13.00h Nico Koomen – Welcome

13.05h Stef Weijers – Introduction and expected outcomes

13.15h Karl Gheysen – Khorgos and the new Silk Route

14.00h Kees Ruijgrok – Consequences of the new Silk Road

14.45h Christiaan van Luik – New positioning Dutch logistics providers?

15.30h Ron van der Wegen – Introduction to Logitech

15.45h ABS students work in groups in separate class rooms on the assessment of opportunities and threats for Logitech

16.45h ABS student groups will present their assessment of these opportunities and threats

17.15h Forum discussion Karl Gheysen, Kees Ruijgrok, Christiaan van Luik, Ron van der Wegen and Stef Weijers including selection of best ABS student group presentations

17.45 – 19.00h Drinks and finger food