The Expatcenter’s annual event: Open Amsterdam

The Expatcenter’s annual corporate and community event is organised to connect Amsterdam’s international community with the Expatcenter’s corporate partners, and to share experiences, knowledge and insights. This year’s event takes place on 26 January 2017 at B. Amsterdam, is hosted by Pep Rosenfeld of the Boom Chicago crew and presents the Expatcenter’s Open Amsterdam – Amsterdam Strategy for International Talent. It is organised along three main themes: education, work and quality of life, with seminars addressing specific issues. The sessions are hosted by partners of the Expatcenter, members of Amsterdam’s international community and other participants. Deputy Mayor Kajsa Ollongren will make a speech and the keynote is by Kaan Anit, CEO of Yearn. The event concludes with a networking reception with drinks and canapés.

Please note: capacity is limited - register early to secure your seat. 

Event details

Date: 26 January 2017

Time: 13:30-19:00

Location: B. Amsterdam, Johan Huizingalaan 763a, 1066 VH, Amsterdam


  • 13.30 – Doors open
  • 14:00 – Opening address by Pep Rosenfeld of Boom Chicago, speech by Deputy Mayor Kajsa Ollongren, and keynote speaker Kaan Anit, CEO of Yearn
  • 15:00 – Various break-out sessions
  • 17:00 – Drinks

Open Amsterdam

Being an international city offers new perspectives and new solutions; openness for people and ideas leads to a diverse workforce, development, innovation and economic growth. We want Amsterdam to be attractive to international companies and to international talent. To this end, factors such as the presence of talent, the availability of international schools and attractive and affordable housing are crucial.

Insights into the life of internationals in Amsterdam

The question is, how open, international and welcoming is Amsterdam really? What is going well, and where do we find room for improvement? At this event, we delve into these questions together. Share insights and experiences about obstacles faced by international residents, and explore the roles we can all play in removing those obstacles.