Joost Visser


There’s an African proverb that says it takes a whole village to raise a child. Likewise, it takes a whole community to build a successful business that can grow and contribute to a healthy economy.

This is the motto of TIAO, the company behind CONNECTS, the global B2B matchmaking and collaboration platform for business networks and their members, co-founded by Joost in 2016.

Joost’s career spans over 25 years as a marketing, sales and strategy expert working in senior executive roles in multinational FMCG businesses in Europe and the Americas and as management consultant and entrepreneur in other sectors and industries.

In the last 10 years Joost has increasingly been working with international business networks, public and private sector trade development organisations, using digital tools and new ways of working to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of (international) trade development for SMEs and entrepreneurs.

12:00-12:45 Panel 4

Forum November 9

The future role of energy in Manufacturing. Energy Security

Energy security—the continuous availability of energy in varied forms, in sufficient quantities, and at reasonable prices—has many aspects. It means limited vulnerability to transient or longer disruptions of imported supplies. It also means the availability of local and imported resources to meet, over time and at reasonable prices, the growing demand for energy. Political, environmental challenges, liberalisation and deregulation, and the growing dominance of market forces all have profound implications for energy security.