AmCham Young Professionals Award 2015


A Team Challenge on Megatrends

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AmCham The Netherlands is the voice of U.S. business in the Netherlands and for all companies involved in transatlantic trade.  Our mission is to ensure that the Netherlands remains a competitive environment for our member companies to invest in. Therefore, we also invest in the future generation of leaders by offering young professionals of AmCham member companies and similarly aligned organizations a unique cross-company YP program with a focus on networking and skills.

Following a successful first edition of the AmCham Young Professionals Award in 2013, AmCham is proud to announce the AmCham Young Professionals Award 2015, in recognition of the talent and leadership among our young professionals.

The Competition: A Team Challenge on Megatrends

The AmCham Young Professionals Award 2015 is a team challenge on megatrends with one central question: how will current megatrends affect business and society? Participating teams, consisting of 2 to 4 people, will work on one of the cases prepared by AmCham’s Young Professionals Committee.

Each case will cover a specific topic:

  • Embracing big data
  • The future of finance
  • The digital transformation of the retail landscape
  • Transatlantic opportunities
  • Skills and competencies for the future
  • Key communicators
  • Resources and ownership
  • (R)evolution in health

VIEW THE CASES HERE.  (Published: Sept. 28, 2015)

You will be asked to come up with an original yet feasible answer to the challenges in the light of current megatrends. Selected teams will pitch their contribution during the Grand Finale in November.

For whom?

This competition is open to members of the AmCham Young Professionals group and young professionals working for member companies of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. 

  • team up with your colleagues or compose a cross-company team
  • 2 to 4 people per team
  • 25-35 years of age
  • living and/or working in the Netherlands

How to prepare?

To successfully complete the challenge, teams will have to:

  • Get acquainted with megatrends
  • Acquire additional information about the topic of choice
  • Formulate an original yet feasible answer to the questions / dilemma’s in the case

We advise all teams to start working on a captivating presentation straight away.  There is only one guideline for the format of your contribution: you should be able to convey your story to the jury in 5-10 minutes. We encourage creativity.

The deadline for handing in your contribution is November 6, 2015 - 9am. Selected teams will pitch their contribution during the Grand Finale on November 27, 2015.


The jury will take into account the following criteria:

  • Feasibility of the Proposal
  • Originality of the Proposal
  • Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Quality of the Pitch


  • Mr. Rudy Horn, Senior Manager Sales, United Airlines
  • Mr. Robin Hoytema van Konijnenburg, Executive Director Global Tax & Financial Markets, Heineken and Member of the AmCham Board of Directors
  • Ms. Hollis Kurman, Chairperson, Ivy Circle Netherlands (final round)
  • Mr. Hans Reus, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Mr. Jan Willem Velthuijsen, ‎Chief Economist, PwC
  • Ms. Mounia Benabdallah, Baker & McKenzie / Winner of the AmCham Young Professionals Award 2013

The winning team will be awarded…

  • A return ticket from Schiphol to a destination of choice in mainland USA (U.S.48*) offered by United Airlines for each member of the winning team!
  • A meet & greet with a senior executive in the AmCham network
  • A tangible memento of the award

Also the first and second runners-up will receive recognition and a special prize! Prizes offered by Hotel Okura Amsterdam, Double Tree Hilton and others!

More information?

If you or your company are interested in participating and you want more information: please contact Elke Roelant at the AmCham office: 020-7951847.


AmCham thanks the sponsors of the AmCham Young Professionals Award 2015

United Airlines operates non-stop flights from Amsterdam to Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C., with connections to more than 300 destinations across the Americas.


AmCham also thanks PwC for the support of the YP Award 2015


* Taxes due to be paid for by the passengers.