Founder and owner

Barbara de Jong MA (Leiden University), the founder and owner of NewBrooklyn, has over 20 years experience in the international congress world.

Her experience with a great many very diverse clients, venues, participants and (international) payment methods has given her a wealth of expertise and an extensive network. This combination ensures your congress runs smoothly so your participants can focus on getting the maximum benefit from the programme.

Barbara de Jong is also available for interim assignments.

Photography: Suzanne Muller / Patricia Steur Studios


Barbara de Jong
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Barbara de Jong

After studying psychology at Leiden University, Barbara de Jong (1954) worked as management team member and coordinator of the Beroepskwalificerende Educatie (Vocational Education) (BKE) project. In 1986 she switched to congress organisation when she joined the HBO Council (Higher Education Council) and was involved with the content and logistics organisation of an international congress in the Amsterdam RAI. It very soon became apparent that she had found her niche.

In 1987 – after the successful HBO Council congress – she joined the former Organisatie Bureau Amsterdam (the RAI’s congress bureau) as a congress organiser. Two years later she was appointed the manager of this congress bureau, a position she held until 1993 when, in connection with her husband’s job, she moved to Moscow for several years.

Back in the Netherlands she was very soon back working in the congress industry and this led to the establishment of NewBrooklyn in 2003.