Dirk De Corte holds a degree in English language and literature and Literary Sciences from the University of Gent, Belgium. During his fourteen years in international banking (with BNP and ING, where he was one of the Directors Structured Finance), Dirk was involved in various transactions with major international corporations.
After his stay in banking, Dirk moved into the arts world. He was Managing Director of NTGent for seven years, one of the larger professional theatres in Belgium, which he transformed into a vibrant art house. In this capacity he was vice-chairman of the Employers’ Association of the Flemish Performing Arts.
Dirk left the arts world to become Senior Associate with Executive Learning Partnership, an international and committed networkof experienced executive developmentprofessionals. He designed delivered several customised ‘action learning’ programmes, aimed at the development of strategy and leadership in large corporations. He is currently Managing Partner of ImproveMenT (www.improve-ment.be) where he is designing and facilitating executive programmes for mid caps focusing on leadership, change management and behaviour styles. He is a certified trainer and coach in DISC-behaviour style as well as Situational Leadership(TM). He is also facilitator, co-developer and Senior Associate with Bookbuzz (www.bookbuzz.biz), helping corporations to develop fresh thinking in management and board rooms. In the stream of his Bookbuzz activities, he co-published The Bookbuzz Book of BizBook Insights 2009, offering insights in more than one hundred recently published businessbooks. (www.aspeditions.be/article.aspx?article_id=THEBOO813H).
He combines these activities with his Associate Professorship at the University of Antwerp, where he lectures in financial management for the arts and the creatives industries, with special focus on behavioural finance aspects in the arts. In this capacity he co-authored Cultuurmanagement, De Regels van de Kunst, a comprehensive handbook on managing the arts, which was published by Lannoo, autumn 2011,
http://www.lannoo.be/content/lannoo/wbnl/listview/1/index.jsp?titelcode=24683&fondsid=16. Dirk is also an Associate Professor at Vesalius College, Brussels, where he teaches a Summer Class in Arts Management to a group of international students.
He frequently advises profit and non profit companies (arts and others), as well as government related entities, on issues regarding financial management and general and strategic management and is a much solicited facilitator of workshops on management as well as board level.
Dirk was a freelance radio reporter for more than ten years for Belgian national radio, where he gave live soccer commentary. He also held the position of Treasurer at the International Amateur Theatre Association, an NGO patronized by the Monegasque royal family, where he successfully completed a management change programme transferring the association’s secretariat from Copenhagen to Tallinn in the early post-communist days. This earned him a Knight’s Medal of Supreme Cultural Merit of the Principality of Monaco. He is still actively involved in his own semi-professional theatre company, de WAANzin (www.dewaanzin.be), which was granted the title of Cultural Ambassador of Flanders in the late nineties.
Presently, he holds a number of board mandates in profit as well as not for profit companies. He is currently chairman of the Board of the Flemish Theatre Institute (VTi). He is a frequent speaker on a variety of subjects (finance, the arts, entrepreneurship, communication styles, strategic management) at national and international fora. An ardent Club Brugge-fan, he is married to Anne and father to Freek, Fien and Toon.
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