Désirée van Gorp joined Nyenrode Business Universiteit in 1999 and currently holds the position of Professor of International Business and also is Chairman of the International Advisory Board. In addition, she is visiting professor at MIP Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Renmin University in Beijing, China. She teaches in the field of Global Sourcing, Offshoring, Outsourcing, New technologies & Innovation, and International Business & Diplomacy. Désirée was elected several times as Professor of the Year by her students.
In 2008, Désirée obtained her PhD by defending her dissertation entitled: Offshoring in the service sector: an empirical investigation on the offshoring behavior of service firms and its influence on their foreign entry mode choice. In the past years she conducted research for various companies and organizations including the World Bank, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She studied law at Leiden University and holds a master's degree with a specialization in international law. Désirée started her career as assistant to Professor P.H. Kooijmans, at that time special rapporteur to the Center for Human Rights of the United Nations, preparing the report for the Commission on Human Rights.
Since 1995, Désirée has been advising the public and private sector on translating (global) economic and political issues and trends into corporate strategies. Examples of projects are: Translating EU policy, laws and regulations and WTO rulings into the strategies and day to day practice of local government authorities (e.g. provinces) and the financial sector (e.g. banks). She was also involved in counseling the government on issues related to sustainable entrepreneurship. To this end she developed a model for private-public cooperation and implemented it in different regions in the Netherlands. She initiated and developed projects related to the networked economy and is, for example, initiator and former member of the 'Platform Internet voor Alledag'. The platform aims to stimulate the use of Internet in the day-to-day-practice of all people.
In 1991, Désirée became director international affairs at MKB-Nederland, where she was in charge of negotiations on international economic relations with among others the Ministries of Economic and Foreign Affairs, European Parliament and Commission and other stakeholders. During that period she also established the EU-office of MKB-Nederland in Brussels and was among others board member of the Foundation Export Council Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s) (Bestuurslid Stichting Exportraad Midden- en Kleinbedrijf), chairman of the Commission External Relations of the European umbrella organization for SMEs (Voorzitter Commissie Externe Betrekkingen van de Europese Koepelorganisatie voor het Midden- en Kleinbedrijf) and member of the Export Advisory Body of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Lid Export Adviescollege van het Ministerie van Economische Zaken).
Désirée is a member of the following boards: Supervisory boards of Atradius and the Missing Chapter Foundation; the Advisory Boards of the World Trade Organization Chairs Programme, the International Institute of Social Studies, the Shanghai Human Resources Consulting Association and ECP.NL (the platform for e-Netherlands), as well as on the boards of Cirion Foundation and Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis Foundation. She is also a member of the Committee of Recommendation (Comité van Aanbeveling) of AMREF Flying Doctors.