Derk is from the Netherlands but grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. He studied Industrial Engineering and Business Administration at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, where he obtained an MSc.
He started his own business process consultancy company carrying out business process improvements, and change management projects for corporate clients. He has worked on implementation projects at among others, ABN AMRO Bank, carrying out system, change management and business process outsourcing projects in Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Frankfurt, Paris, and New York.
Derk joined Amicorp in 2007. He led the task force for the set-up of the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange on Curacao, and gained exposure to corporate structuring, transactional services, and fund set-up and administration.
In 2009, he moved to Shanghai, China, to take on the role of Managing Director of the Shanghai office, and helped Amicorp set up its four mainland China offices.
Last year (2011) he returned to Curacao to head the Amicorp Curacao office, and has also become active in making the DCSX a success, by taking a position on the DCSX board.
Amicorp has its roots on Curacao, and has always been very involved in developing the financial services industry on Curacao. By taking a seat on the CIFA board, Derk wishes to continue these efforts. Having actively worked with and in competing jurisdictions, it is clear that other jurisdictions are surpassing the leading position Curacao has had in the past for international tax planning and financial services. Derk would like to join the CIFA board, to help the sector work together to turn things around, and ensure that we re-gain a leading position, by ensuring more efforts are made through the sector as a whole, competitive tax treaties are sought and signed, new product development is continued, and collective marketing of the many attractive products Curacao has to offer in the right target markets is done.