Consul Profile

Honorary Consul Mr. Nicolaas Anthony van de Griendt
NETHERLANDS

Consular Region:
Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel

Address
Parkweg 9
Zwolle
8011 CK
Phone: +31 38 423 10 21
Fax: +31 38 423 10 22
E-mail: consul@sphagnum.nl


About me:

Assignments: Owner and managing director of Sphagnum Beleggingen B.V. Zwolle (international investments); managing director of Sphagnum Products B.V. (worldwide peat trade); managing director of AS Kraver (production and exporting peat from Estonia to Europe); Supervisory Board member and co-owner of AS Seda (Latvian peat production company with potting soil production, exporting worldwide); co-owner and manager of Peatart v.o.f. (production and sales of art made out of peat) and board member of a church in Zwolle, The Netherlands. Former board member at port of Moerdijk in The Netherlands.

Professional Experience: Master's degree from University of Rotterdam, extensive experience, more than 35 years in management of peat companies, peat production, restoration, potting soil production, trade of peat products and peat art. Expertise in doing business in Estonia already since 1984.

Associations: Member (and former Secretary) of I.P.S. (International Peat Society) and Rotary.

Areas for promotion relations with Estonia: Sectors of economy with high potential are IT, tourism, machine construction, sectors that make use of local resources like timber and peat. Peat is a strategic material for The Netherlands, of great importance for Dutch professional horticulture. Estonia is a country with great reserves of high quality.

Vision for personal involvement for promoting relations with Estonia: As frequent traveler between Estonia and The Netherlands I am always happy to assist companies and to network between Dutch companies interested in Estonian partners or v.v. and bring them in contact, often with help of embassies and/or Chamber of Commerce. Always prepared to assist groups that want to travel to Estonia with advice on where to go. Promoting tourism in different ways. Advertise Estonia amongst people that have no idea where Estonia is and how it is.

Hobbies: Active as private pilot, cycling, walking, photography, art collector and networking.

Nicolaas Anthony van de Griendt