Daniel’s resourceful and strong leadership track record, notably in cross cultural business goes way back to his school days when he used to work on his father’s fruit-orchards in Haspengouw, Belgium. With over 150 fruit-harvesters of multi-ethnic origin, sign-language was often the only way to get a message across. By the time he graduated from the University of Antwerp, with a Masters Degree in Applied Economic Sciences, he had already made a considerable amount of money from a student-guide published during his university years.
Daniel moved to Japan in 1993, where he secured a consultancy contract from three Belgian companies: de TienseSuikerrafinaderij (Tienen Sugar), the Belgian Pork Meat Association and NoordNatie, a stevedoring company from Antwerp, now owned by the Port of Singapore Authority. It was the start of DPO International.
From a one-man food marketing consultancy and offer agent for European food manufacturers, today DPO International operates a strategic network of 20 own sales-offices and 25 warehouses across Asia. It is a leading importer, marketer and distributor of global food innovations to the local food industry.
In 2008, Daniel was appointed “Advisor to the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Trade” in Malaysia. He is also currently the president of the Malaysia-Belgium-Luxembourg Business Council, and the Deputy Chairman of the EU-Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He is married to Isabelle, and has 4 children.