Chambers of Commerce have been a staple of global business for centuries. The first one was established in 1599. They have become a hub for business activities with the aim of furthering the interests of their members.
However, with the rise of digital business, many Chambers of Commerce have struggled to stay relevant and up-to-date with new technologies, meaning members were missing out on crucial business opportunities.
This is why we launched CONNECTS. Our platform combines the best of what Chambers of Commerce have to offer with the online digital experience. Members can access a whole new world of business opportunities, with the safety and trust associated with Chambers of Commerce.
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We believe community is fundamental to a harmonious society. Connections, communication, and openness are crucial to fostering successful relationships. This extends into the business world. Only through trusted communities and networks can we develop strong and healthy partnerships.
Creating global connections is great. This should not come above provenance. A product’s origin tells a story of authenticity, trust, and quality. We respect each Chamber’s background, culture, language, and customs. In so doing, we can better understand the businesses using CONNECTS.
Authenticity is a key component to trust. In business, being authentic means being transparent, genuine, and open. CONNECTS is based upon its connections with Chambers of Commerce. This crucial factor ensures authenticity. It enables business relationships to develop and thrive.
Behind every business, there are individuals with unique needs. We understand individuality is crucial. Our role is to connect businesses by showing them their commonalities, as well as their differences, and demonstrating the advantages of building business relationships.
Our users are entrepreneurial and forward-thinking. So are we! Our work ethic is all about enterprise, always pushing to do better. Throughout our business, we challenge ourselves to innovate, grow, and learn, through open communication and an open mind.
Meet our team
Head of Partnerships
Leila is a doctor in business economics, researcher and associated professor. She has over 8 years expertise in international business development, strategic management, digital transformation, marketing and brand awareness. Visit her LinkedIn profile.
Head of Chamber Engagement
Karolina has a lot of experience with managing business and customer service, working in teams of diverse cultural backgrounds, and overcoming the cultural differences that often follow. Visit her LinkedIn profile.
Digital Marketer & Growth Hacker
David has worked as an all-around marketeer for a social project in Brussels, helping job seekers to follow free IT courses and find a job in IT. Now his goals are to promote and grow the CONNECTS brand. Visit his LinkedIn profile.
Sal has a combined experience of 5 years in running large projects within Transport & Logistics, Software and FMCG. He has a prior 11 years of experience as an Operations Manager in the British Army. Visit his LinkedIn profile.
Financial Planning and Analysis Manager
Nira is a finance professional with over 20 years of experience in accounting, audit and compliance, having worked with organisations such as Deloitte and Rothschild. Visit his LinkedIn profile.
Board Member and HR Director
Hanneke is an experienced HR professional with a solid track record in recruitment and talent management. She is also a board member of Transparency International Belgium. Visit her LinkedIn profile.
Co-Founder and External Relations
Glynis has over 30 years’ professional experience in EU /UK public policy, economic and business development. She was past President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. Visit her LinkedIn profile.
Co-Founder and CEO
Joost has broad global executive expertise in sales, marketing, and general management, working for the British multinational Diageo Plc. Since 2006 consultant/social entrepreneur. Visit his LinkedIn profile.
Advisor and Investor
Former President and CEO for Belgian and Luxembourg Shell with 35 years’ experience in technology/ businesses at global level. Currently President of the Brussels Chamber of Commerce and start-up advisor. Visit his LinkedIn profile.
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