Derek is an international investment banking advisor and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the transportation, infrastructure, marine geosciences, and offshore energy industries in over 70 countries. He led two official trade missions for the US government providing project feasibility analysis of foreign transportation infrastructure investments valued at over $8 Billion and has served as an independent advisor to 5 national governments on infrastructure investment and negotiating Public Private Partnerships.
Derek also spent over a decade as an investor in and Director of International Corporate Development of TerraSond Ltd. (now a subsidiary of Acteon Geo-Sciences in the Data and Robotics Division) where he developed international opportunities in seafloor mapping, marine geophysics, offshore geohazards surveys, oil rig decommissioning, subsea cable surveys and various other types of ocean data acquisition and processing while serving clients such as NOAA, NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, oil and gas majors and offshore wind developers. TerraSond pioneered the use of Autonomous Surface Vessels (ASV) for nautical charting and cable route surveys in the Arctic.
Derek hopes to share the technical and financial knowledge of ocean infrastructure that he has gained over his career with potential Seasteaders and to help them move through the project development process from planning to finance and execution.