About Us

The International Advisory Board Rotterdam (IAB) is a unique advisory council made up of international leaders in academia and the private and public sectors. The IAB meets once every two years to advise the Municipal Executive of Rotterdam on economic and other aspects of urban development. The IAB serves as a sounding board for the Municipal Executive on issues related to international economic developments. The IAB is currently chaired by Jan Peter Balkenende, former prime minister of the Netherlands.
Rotterdam Partners is responsible for all preparations and organisation of the IAB.

2017 - IABx on culture
Rotterdam underwent enormous development on various fronts in the past five years. Its image has greatly improved, both nationally and internationally. As a tourist destination the growth of its popularity is outperforming the national average, but Rotterdam is also on the rise as a business destination and as a destination for creative industries and international encounter. Read more.