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WBII Networking event September: How to Grow and Engage Your Business Audience

  • 26 September 2019
    19:00 - 22:00

Carlton Ambassador The HagueJoin us for an informal networking evening at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel in The Hague.
Share your business experiences and network with our members and other guests. Be sure to bring along your business cards!

How to Grow and Engage Your Business Audience

From Blog to Brand to Book

Date: Thursday, 26th September
Location: Carlton Ambassador Hotel
19:00: Doors open for networking
19:30: Meeting, speaker, questions, followed by networking (till 22:00)

Building and growing an engaged audience is a vital skill for any entrepreneur. Regardless of which industry your business is in, it is crucial to find your tribe, build sustainable relationships and spread the word through multiple channels. In this interactive and informative session, economist turned expat author, blogger and entrepreneur Mariam Ottimofiore will share insights, learnings and how-to steps on building and growing an engaged audience for your business. She will share her own entrepreneurial journey of going from blog to brand to book, to show how to establish yourself as a recognized authority within your niche and grow your customer base. 

Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore, Author

Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore is a Pakistani expat author, writer, researcher and economist. When she was 19 years old, she left her home in Karachi with a blue suitcase and a one-way ticket to Boston. She has lived in nine countries as an expat child and an expat adult: The Kingdom of Bahrain, the United States, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Ghana. 17 years and four continents later, her life on the move is messy. A 40-foot container, an expat husband from another corner of the world and two children born 3,000 miles apart have added complexity, challenges and many joys to living a multicultural, multilingual and multi-mobile life. She currently lives in Accra, Ghana, with her German/Italian husband and her German-Pakistani-Italian kids, born in Singapore and Dubai. Passionate about languages and cultures, Mariam speaks fluent Urdu, English, Hindi and German with some Italian, Danish and Arabic on the side. She is an expert at making embarrassing mistakes in every new language she picks up, is perpetually lost in every new city she calls home and can never remember her new address or where she packed those suede boots!

Mariam has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Mount Holyoke College in the US and specialized in Economic Development at the University of Sussex in the UK. Her corporate career saw her work at Morgan Stanley in Houston, USA and Maersk Oil Trading, A.P Moller Maersk in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mariam made a career change to a full-time writer in 2012. She is the co-author of two books Export Success and Industrial Linkages in South Asia (Palgrave Macmillan 2009) and Insights and Interviews from the 2017 Families in Global Transition Conference (Summertime Publishing 2018). She has been the Content Editor for Fuchsia Magazine in Singapore, and her expat writing has been published in Expat Connect Dubai, Global Living Magazine, Expat Living Singapore, Expat Living Hong Kong, The Huffington Post, Sassy Mama Dubai, Multicultural Kid Blogs and FIDI Global Relocation. Her expat life has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) for Super Soul Sunday and her expat blog ‘And Then We Moved To’ has been shortlisted for ‘Best Parent Blog 2017’ by Time Out Dubai Kids. She has also been a conference speaker at the Families in Global Transition conference in The Hague in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Her newly published book This Messy Mobile Life (Summertime Publishing 2019) has been released worldwide on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

As part of our member highlight program, Aleyda Santos will be giving her “10-minute highlight”  this month!

If you would like to be highlighted in future meetings please contact

Dymphna Elsink, from Jouw Assistente & Lisa Hall from Lemonberry will be there to help us registering the attendees.

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Guest List:

  •  Natalie Carstens
  •  Sarah Chab
  •  Concetta Cucchiarelli
  •  Astrid Ducarme
  •  Mirna Elayoubi
  •  Dymphna Elsink
  •  María Gómez
  •  Moran Greenwald
  •  Lisa Hall
  •  Vicky Hampson
  •  Lauren Hensel
  •  Kalpee Howard
  •  Ugne Marchionno
  •  Nancy Mayer
  •  Pien Nederlof
  •  Caroline Orthlieb
  •  Jo Parfitt
  •  Jane Pocock
  •  Karine Ponting
  •  Eva Rogojan
  •  Esther Schenkel
  •  Lori Schnebelie
  •  Emma Smillie
  •  Austyn Smith
  •  Mia Tengco
  •  Deborah Valentine
  •  Erica van Engel
  •  Darina Veen


Venue Phone: +31 (0)70 363 03 63

Venue Website:

Sophialaan 2, The Hague, Zuid Holland, 2514 JP, Netherlands


Carlton Ambassador The HagueThe Carlton Ambassador Hotel is situated in the city center of The Hague on a lane bordered by old chestnut trees – a fitting environment for this quiet, elegant boutique hotel with its tasteful interior and superb service.