Started in 1986 as a cargo broker with Aon, also handling casualty, financial lines, claims handling and management. Meanwhile Elbert-jan finished his law study at the Erasmus University. Ten years later he joined Sampo Industrial Insurance followed by Bloemers Nassau Insurance also as MGA of which the last two years as a Board member. He was responsible for casualty, financial lines and claims. In 2011 Elbert-jan led the establishment of a branch office of Markel International. At the end of 2016, he became the CEO of Hampden Insurance Group BV in Rotterdam specializing in run-off.