ECDC enables businesses to thrive and empowers them to shape our digital future.

Ria Persad

President, European Chamber of Digital Commerce

Partner Benefits

Digital Future Board Room

ECDC is inaugurating the Digital Future Board Room for our partners to provide key direction to the industry, designating CNNMoney Switzerland in Zurich as the host. Read more

Digital Future Magazine

ECDC Partners are given the opportunity to contribute subject matter expertise in Digital Future Magazine, sent to over 35,000 executives in venture capital and private equity. Upcoming

Authoritative Reports

ECDC Partners have access to and provide input for special reports addressing the deepest issues in Digital Commerce and industry trends. Read more

Business Development

ECDC provides assistance to its partners in business development consultation and attracting funding through its network of over 8,000 investment funds. Read more


ECDC and the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands grant the prestigious Dr. Jelle Zijlstra Award to extraordinary visionaries, heads of state, corporate leaders, and global experts. Read more

Partner Directory

ECDC Partners are featured in our Directory and News Releases, a forum for connecting the world’s leading innovators with the marketplace, increasing visibility to the world. Read more

Business Expertise

Specialized Technological Advisory

The ECDC provides counsel and problem-solving expertise in new technologies, scientific innovation, and bridging the gap between discovery and commercialization. Specialties include artificial intelligence, statistics, financial modeling, randomization algorithms, and big data. Contact

Court of Arbitration of the ECDC

The Court of Arbitration of the European Chamber of Digital Commerce plays a critical role in today’s digital world as an efficient, cost-effective, and discreet alternative to the public court system, with specialized knowledge in digital issues. Read more

Connecting with the European Markets

Whether you are expanding your presence to Europe, wishing to partner with European entities, or desiring introductions to Europe-based executives, ECDC helps foreign companies gain entry and access to the European market through international business development, warm introductions, and media-covered networking events. Contact

News & Events

Statistics Show Women Are Better Entrepreneurs Than Men

Entrepreneur Magazine (Europe) found that 98% of venture capital funding goes to men although women own about 1/3 of all businesses in both the U.S. and Europe.  However, Boston Consulting Group published in the report, “Why Women-Owned Startups Are a Better...

The importance of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

In his important and interesting paper "The Story of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts: A Retrospective", Mr. Jayanth K. Krishnan addresses the role of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC) in an international legal environment. The...

ING co-creates blockchain-based trade-settlement platform

ING has joined forces with other global banks to create a digital coin that can be used to settle international money transfers instantly, cutting out intermediaries and lowering transaction costs. This is a new step in the development of...

Blockchain Expo Europe 2019

Europe’s largest Blockchain Conference and Exhibition focuses on the future of enterprise technology, with two days of top-level content from leading brands, embracing and developing cutting edge blockchain technologies. Returning to RAI Amsterdam on June 19-20,...

Court of Arbitration of the European Chamber of Digital Commerce

The Court of Arbitration of the European Chamber of Digital Commerce plays a crucial role in today’s digital world. The appeal and quality of this independent arbitration institution are as valued today as ever. Fairness, even when there is a dispute, has always been...


A study in Harvard Business Review found that successful companies, especially those with a bold corporate strategy, were considerably more likely to employ one of three offensive digital strategies: targeting new demand, new supply or new business models. Successful...

The legal status of Security Tokens in Europe

This article describes the legal context in seven European countries regarding Security Token Offerings. Such offerings differ from Initial Coin Offerings (ICO’s). An Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is the cryptocurrency equivalent to an Initial Public Offering (offering...

CNNMoney Switzerland Designated as Digital Future Board Room Host

The European Chamber of Digital Commerce has designated CNNMoney Switzerland as the host of the Digital Future Board Room, where influencers and decision-makers gather to examine issues in fintech and suggest industry solutions to shape our digital future. The...

Digital Business Development

Targeting New Demand In order to target new demand for your product or service, you need to focus on what problem it can solve. Then refine your target market by identifying who has bought your product or service already. This includes target demographics, audience...

Do I need a private placement memorandum (PPM) when attracting investors?

Yes. If you are seeking to raise investment money for your startup, keep in mind that the best measure you can take to protect yourself against frivolous claims is by disclosing as much information about your company as possible. This way, if things go wrong and your...

Executive Team

Ria Persad, President of the ECDC

Ria Persad studied mathematics and physics at Harvard, Princeton, and Cambridge Universities and is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society. Her experience in scientific modeling began at Lawrence Livermore National Lab’s Supercomputer Center in 1991. Persad was a Space Scientist at NASA and a mathematician at Bell Geospace. She served as an IT consultant at Lehman Brothers, an algorithmic consultant to Goldman Sachs, and a quantitative analyst on the trading floors of Enron and Duke Energy. For 8 years, she modeled complex systems for the U.S. Space Program and is an innovative Subject Matter Expert in Big Data and Statistics. Persad has been collaborating with NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information and CICS-NC to advance environmental intelligence. Persad is the Founding CEO/Inventor of StatWeather, whose Artificial Intelligence system was ranked the #1 Climate Risk Technology in the world in 2017 and the #1 Data Provider globally in 2015 by Energy Risk. Persad received Citations from the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Senate on Scientific Achievement. She was recognized by Platts Global Energy Awards as one of the top 7 leaders globally for Lifetime Achievement and as the International Power-Gen and Renewable Energy Woman of the Year.

Bob Juchter van Bergen Quast, Chief Executive Officer, ECDC, and President, Court of Arbitration of the ECDC

Bob Juchter van Bergen Quast LLM, FSS is a lawyer and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society with extensive expertise in international law and finance, arbitration, and nobiliary law. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has a certificate in English Common Law from the University of London. Law practice certificates were issued by the Netherlands Bar Association and the Flemish Bar Council. Juchter van Bergen Quast was an attorney at the Bar of the Supreme Court of The Netherlands. He received his Master of Laws degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam and Certificate in Financial Markets from Yale University. He served as a Springer reviewer for new computing paradigms which are distributed, heterogeneous, and autonomous, yet meaningfully collaborative, and published The Information Model of the Technical Analysis for Buying and Selling Stocks at Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organizations. Juchter van Bergen Quast was honored as one of the 2008 New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel. He is also the CEO of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands.

Oliver von Borstel, Vice President of the ECDC

Oliver von Borstelis the President of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands and is the CEO of Masters of Business Development as an expert in international business development since 1999. His experience has spanned both the big corporate and startup worlds, providing him with a unique perspective on how deals get done. Oliver has a deep understanding of your particular markets and brings the best practices from your industry (or even other industries) to your company. His focus is to expand your markets geographically, extend your product portfolio, reorganize your middle market company to promote efficiency and cost-effectiveness, buy out a smaller competitor, or increase your overall capabilities. Oliver is a global expert in Professional Management and Sales Training and conducts Leadership and Communication workshops and coaching for CEO’s and top-level executives. He has served as Board Member for SoliSwiss AG Bern, financial services for the expat community, and has served in executive and C-level positions for over 25 years. He holds a Certification from Harvard University in Launching Breakthrough Technologies and conducts business seminars throughout Europe and the United States. 



The European Chamber of Digital Commerce is formed in 2019 as an activity of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands, formed in 1933. Chamber of Commerce nr. 40530763. The name and logo of the European Chamber of Digital Commerce are registered as a trademark with the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP).


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