4TH AFRICA WOMEN INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM

Unleashing Ideas: Innovation, Sustainability & Enterprise Growth

8 - 9 November 2018
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town, South Africa

BONNIE HORBACH

Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Dutch Consulate General

South Africa

 

In July 2013, Bonnie Horbach was appointed as the Consul General for the Netherlands in Cape Town. After studying History and Law at the University of Amsterdam, she lived and worked in a lot of different countries: the US, Ghana, Mali and Belgium, where she managed the public affairs office in Brussels for Dutch industrialists Ballast Nedam, Damen Shipyards, Philips Medical systems, Stork and Sulzer. In 2002, Bonnie made a transfer to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through which she was placed in Bangkok and Bagdad.

 

In 2007, Bonnie was presented with the opportunity to become the spokesperson for Frans Timmermans, then State Secretary for European Affairs. It proved an amazing opportunity to learn from the best. After three years working with Timmermans, Bonnie became Head of the Recruitment Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and not soon after she was appointed Consul General in Cape Town, a position she has since approached with all her energy, enthusiasm and focus. During the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, she initiated #cocreateSA, a platform for Dutch and South African counterparts to exchange innovations for a sustainable future. It is based on the firm belief that if we work together, we can make a difference and find solutions for local challenges.

 

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