Derek was appointed to the board in September 2013. He is a New Zealand-based entrepreneur and founding General Partner at Aera VC, a global venture capital investor backing deep-technology start-ups tackling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals across the future of climate, carbon, food, health, work and learning. For the last ten years, while based in New York Derek co-created companies and platforms delivering social impact and environmental transformation. He co-founded the sustainability alliance, 'The B Team' with Sir Richard Branson and helped build NY-based start-up studio 'Human Ventures'. Previously Derek was named in the 'Silicon Alley 100' most influential technology people in New York. He is Adjunct Professor at AUT University in Auckland, was a formative member of the Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel, and is an aspiring civilian astronaut with Virgin Galactic.
Derek is also created the Aera Foundation, a charitable studio advancing new models that fuse social and financial goals, including ‘Wiser', a platform helping people ask better questions to develop self-knowledge and purpose in their lives and the host of an online conversation and podcast series, 'Wiser Conversations'.