Derek discovered a knack for being ‘on show’ in front of people early on in life while performing in plays at the age of seven. It is this ability that led him to setting up Public Image in Kenya together with his partners to teach soft skills, people skills, communication skills and how to portray a good professional image. He is an experienced trainer and speaker and has worked with everyone from senior executives and managers to students, womens groups and even security staff. Over the past two years Derek has worked with hundreds of people in different sectors including banking, telecoms and the hospitality industry.
He is a regular contributor to magazines, television and radio on etiquette, communication, image and style. Derek believes that everyone from corporate CEOs’ to business professionals to young men and women need to present themselves with polish and professionalism and that etiquette and the right image can give you the edge over the competition. He is increasingly in demand as a speaker at businesses, conferences and schools. His work with Public Image has also led to him emceeing and moderating corporate and business events.
He has over 12 years corporate experience in finance and communications working in the United States and France for the financial services company, Bloomberg, the EDHEC-Risk Institute and the strategic communications consultancy, Africapractice. Derek has a BA from the U.S. and studied for an MBA at the Helsinki School of Economics. He is a member of the Nairobi Toastmasters and is President of the Prosperity Chapter of the international networking organization BNI.
Derek is a speaker at seminars, company retreats, staff functions, team building sessions and company wellness days. He is also available to emcee and moderate corporate and business events and doing voice-overs for commercials and documentaries.