Our leadership team

Gijsbert Turkenburg

Gijsbert Turkenburg, Territory Senior Partner and Assurance Partner.

Gijsbert joined the PwC Dutch Caribbean office on September 1, 2016, with more than 30 year experience. From his home office in Curaçao, he is leading the practice in the Dutch Caribbean. His specialty is on a wide range of audits. Gijsbert holds a post-doctoral degree graduate in accountancy of the “Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut van Registeraccountants (Nivra)”.

During his career Gijsbert has been able to serve many large multinational clients in most parts of the world. He has learned to achieve results in different cultures and under difficult circumstances.

His primary drive is to work in close collaboration with our clients, in full transparency, and bring improvements to their business. Next to this he believes that having a motivated team brings their talents to full maturity. Gijsbert like to be a trusted advisor who does not turn a blind eye to possible improvements. This can be characterized as the way he operates.

Edsel Lopez

Edsel Lopez, Assurance partner of PwC Dutch Caribbean.

From October 2012 till July 2016 Edsel was the Territory Leader of the Dutch Caribbean firm. He is also partner of Assurance and Advisory of PwC Aruba. Edsel joined the firm in 1993.

Edsel has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Assurance and Audit Services. During his career at PwC he has been involved in different projects in all major sectors, governmental as well as private. Specific sector experience includes: Industrial Markets, Tourism, Hospitality, Banking, Insurance, Telecommunication, Trade, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government and Semi-Government.

Edsel holds a bachelor degree in Information Technology and Economics from the University in Eindhoven, Netherlands. He also holds a Master degree in “bestuurlijke informatiekunde”, accountancy from the Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

Hans Ruiter

Hans Ruiter is Tax partner and Business Conduct Leader of the Dutch Caribbean firm.

He joined the Dutch Caribbean firm in 1997, after having worked for 7 years in the Netherlands.

Hans is one of the founders and former president of the Aruban Association of Tax Consultants. He has lectured fiscal law at the University of Aruba and publishes tax articles in fiscal magazines in The Netherlands and Aruba on a regular basis.

For many years Hans has been a leading corporate tax adviser for a wide range of clients in Aruba. Over the years he has gained a lot of hands-on experience in all sectors of industry. Hans has been involved in most of the major acquisitions in the hospitality industry in Aruba of the last 10 years and has specialized in hospitality tax matters.

Hans holds an academic degree in tax law from the University of Amsterdam.

Steve Vanenburg

Steve Vanenburg, Tax partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Dutch Caribbean.

He joined the firm in 1993 as Tax manager and became Tax partner in 1998.

Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Steve worked in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 1987 – 1993.

Steve’s expertise is in the field of international and national fiscal structuring for corporations and individuals. Steve specializes in international and national fiscal structuring for corporations and individuals and is responsible for the tax practices on Curaçao, Aruba, St. Maarten and Bonaire.

In addition to his practice responsibilities, Steve was Chairman of the Committee for improvement of the infrastructure of Curacao for e-commerce, Treasurer Netherlands Antilles Law Society, President of the Netherlands Antilles Society of TaxAdvisers and Vice President of the Curacao International Financial services Association (CIFA).

Steve was co-author of “The New Fiscal Framework for the Netherlands Antilles”, which was published in 2002. Steve received his degree in fiscal law from the University of Amsterdam in 1987.

Zuleika Lasten

Zuleika Lasten, Tax partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Dutch Caribbean.

In 2000 Zuleika Lasten successfully obtained her fiscal law degree at the Faculty of Law at the University of Tilburg. Straight after graduating, she started working for PwC in the Netherlands. While working for the Dutch PwC firm, Zuleika obtained her Tax Business MBA at the Nyenrode Business University and followed the official training of the Dutch Bar Association of Tax Advisors . In 2003 Zuleika, who is born and raised in Curaçao, returned to her home island Curaçao and continued her career at PwC Dutch Caribbean.

Zuleika became Tax Partner on 1 July 2013 and is thus responsible for the tax practices on Curaçao, Aruba, St. Maarten and Bonaire. Zuleika is actively involved in developing new competitive products and promoting tax efficient solutions for private individuals and clients in a wide range of industries including industrial manufacturing, hospitality, engineering, construction, asset management and banking. She has extensive experience with asset protection, business successions, mergers & acquisitions, fiscal due diligence and tax efficient cross border restructuring.

As the Territory Diversity Leader Zuleika is also responsible for positioning PwC Dutch Caribbean as the most innovative and leading company for diversity and inclusion with regards to amongst other gender diversity, geographical diversity and cultural diversity by reinforcing a culture where all talents have an equal career opportunity to reach their potential.

Zuleika plays a major role in product and business development, fiscal publications and expanding our services in Curaçao, Bonaire and Latin America. She is also a board member of the Curaçao International Financial Services Association (CIFA).

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