Boardoom Special: Dutch Ministry of Defence – Industry

April 3, 2024

During this dinner at De Zwaluwenberg Estate in Hilversum, Lieutenant General Van Sprang will explain the Defense ecosystem and ask how cooperation between Defense and the business community can be improved. In other words, what can Defense do for the business community in peacetime and what can the business community do for Defense in times of tension? How could we make mutual use of each other's infrastructures, people, knowledge and facilities (training, etc.). It promises to be a very interesting and interactive evening.

Registrations based on personal invitation.

  • Small-scale peer session
  • Open dialogue by means of the Chatham House Rule

Frank van Sprang, The Dutch Ministry of Defence

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Frank van Sprang

Inspector General of the Armed Forces

Lieutenant General (Marine Corps) Frank van Sprang started his military career at the Royal Netherlands Naval College 1982. He completed college and several courses, such as the Officer Frogman course, US Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico (United States) and the Advanced Strategic Studies course at The Netherlands Defence College. He fulfilled a number of postings within the military. For example, his posting as Amphibious Operations Officer on board HNLMS Rotterdam where he took part in Operation Allied Harbour in Albania. Outside operational postings, Van Sprang has worked as a lecturer in amphibious operations at the Royal Netherlands Naval College and held a number of administrative posts in the Royal Netherlands Navy Staff and the Defence Staff at the Ministry of Defence in The Hague.

In 2007, he assumed command of the First Marine Battalion. During his time in command, the unit took part in operations in Chad and Afghanistan. Over the course of 2009 till 2007, he held several positions such as Head of Management Control, Head of Integration Division, Deputy Director of the Royal Netherlands Navy in the rank of Major General in September 2017. Since November 28, 2019 he holds the position of Inspector General of the Military Forces in the rank of Lieutenant General.

The Dutch Ministry of Defence


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Location: De Zwaluwenberg estate in Hilversum

17:30 | Start program (including presentation, discussion and a 3-course dinner)
20:30 | End of formal program, opportunity for informal networking


Invitation only

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  • Participants have to meet the previously described target audience.
  • If applicable, our partners will be presented with every application.
  • During all our sessions, the Chatham House Rule applies. This means that the participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. This means that no report, no photos and no recordings are made of the meeting. The presentation will also not be distributed to the participants afterwards.

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