Derrick was born in Pretoria (South Africa) he is married with four boys and lives in the majestic garden-route of South Africa.
During his studies (towards a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration), being a self-motivated and entrepreneurial-orientated person, Derrick decided to rather hone his skills towards the provision of corporate finance to leading entrepreneurs. In 1996 Derrick took up the position of CEO of IEC Holdings, which he held for 9 years, and then moved into the position of CEO of a Private Equity Firm for a further 6 years.
In 2012 Derrick became the Joint-Managing Partner at NinetyEast Capital Partners, a Mauritius based Private Equity & Corporate Finance company and the Joint-Managing Partner at one of the largest listed Private Equity Funds on the Mauritius Stock Exchange. Since 2011, Derrick has also been a Board Member on various Funds and Fund Managers.
After a management exit strategy, Derrick served until 2017 as the COO of Fleming Financial Trust Ltd and on the board and Funds of the Fleming Group of which was also listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
These companies were largely involved in international structured finance, captive insurance, private capital deployment and investment. He mastered skills and experience that cover inter alia all areas of corporate finance, strategic corporate structuring and positioning, multi-jurisdiction growth and strategy, design and implementation of internationalization strategies, debt restructuring, project financing and management. Derrick has a keen eye for detail, strong analytical skills and business acumen.