Ferry de Goey (1959, Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles) studied History and Geography in Nijmegen (MA) and subsequently went to Erasmus University Rotterdam to study Maatschappijgeschiedenis (History of Societies) from 1981 till 1986, receiving his MA in 1986. After completing his dissertation (PhD) in October 1990 he became Assistent Professor of Modern Western History. His main field of expertise is entrepreneurial and business history, and some related fields including maritime history.
From 1986 till early 2002 he was a member of the Center of Business History (CBG, established 1984 - disbanded 2002) and helped to organize the International Conference on Business History in Rotterdam on October 24 and 25, 1994. During this conference an international working group of business historians presented their plan to establish the European Business History Association (EBHA). In August 1996 the EBHA held its inaugural conference at the University of Gothenburg. He organized the Dissertation Session at the second EBHA conference in Terni (Italy). (The EBHA again visited Rotterdam in August 1999 for its third conference.) From 1997 till 1999 he acted as Editor of the EBHA Newsletter.
He served as editor of the Jaarboek voor Geschiedenis van Bedrijf en Techniek (Yearbook on Business History and Technology, 1992-1994) and its successor the NEHA Jaarboek voor Economische, Bedrijfs- en Techniekgeschiedenis (Yearbook on Economic History, Business History and History of Technology, 1994-2002). He was Chairman of the Editorial Board from 1998 till 2002.
Between 1998 and 2003 he acted as Research Director of the N.W. Posthumus Institute for the research programme 'Entrepreneurship and institutions in a comparative pespective, 1500-2000' (with dr. Jan Willem Veluwenkamp (University of Groningen). In 1999 a international conference was organized to discuss potetial research projects. This resulted in a published conference volume in 2002 (see also Publications).
He was also co-supervisor of the NWO/FWO research project (2001-2003) Rotterdam-Antwerp,a century and a half of port competition in the Rhine, Scheldt and Meuse Delta, with prof. Erik Buyst of the University of Leuven (Belgium) (see also Publications).