Rob van den Bergh is an economist and researcher. He is originally from the Netherlands but living on Curacao for the last 30 years. He studied economics at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He worked as economist for the central government in the field of urban economics and regional economy before moving to Curacao in 1985. In Curacao he worked for the central government at the Department of Economic Affairs, later on as economist and deputy secretary at the Chamber of Commerce before establishing his own company, Curconsult, 25 years ago. In the these past years he took part in over 500 projects on the islands of the Dutch Caribbean (so Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba. Because the islands are small the range of topics he covered is broad. From good governance and corporate governance, institutional strengthening to public finance, social development and education. From labor market to product and sector markets. These different projects has given him a very broad experience, knowledge and extensive network and in depth knowledge of the functioning of the small(er) developing economies in general and of the Dutch Caribbean in particular. He is the founder and past president of the Association of Dutch Caribbean Economists, and still on the board. In 2017 he was appointed as board member of the Fair Trade Authority Curacao.