Former IHO Secretary General Robert Ward joins the RISE Viktoria Team

26 April, 2018 - 17:34

Starting April 2, 2018 RISE Viktoria has engaged Robert Ward as a consultant and advisor for its various maritime activities, including maritime informatics.

Robert Ward is a hydrographic surveyor.  He was born in England and now resides in Sydney as an Australian citizen.  He has a wide practical experience in hydrographic and oceanographic surveying around the world.  He also served for a short time as a deck officer in the british Merchant Navy. Ashore, his experience has included the training of hydrographers both in the UK and as Head of the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic School in Sydney.  He retired from the Navy as the Deputy Hydrographer of Australia in 2007.

After a naval career of 37 years, over 20 of which was spent in ships, including in command, Robert Ward was elected as one of the three co-Directors of the Secretariat of the International Hydrographic Organization, based in Monaco, where his principal responsibility was the direction of the technical program of the Organization.  At the end of his first five-year term of office, he was overwhelmingly elected by the IHO Member States as the Secretary-General.  His term of office as Secretary-General ended in 2017.  Robert Ward has a long history of active involvement in hydrography, the work of the IHO and in related intergovernmental organizations particularly concerning capacity building and regional hydrographic development, and the development and implementation of the international standards and regulations for digital hydrographic data.

" I have worked very successfully with Robert for more than a decade and it is with great pleasure that I see him joining us at RISE Viktoria. It will be a great benefit to our projects on Data integration, Data Analysis and maritime informatics to get his contribution as both a mariner and a hydrographer.  In particular, his long standing experience in the development of the IHO GI Registry, which is the acknowledged platform for IMO's Common Maritime Data Structure, will be of great value to our work." says Michael Bergmann, Senior Advisor RISE Viktoria.

“We are very happy for the opportunity to work with Robert and to benefit from his experience and knowledge of working at the international level in the maritime sector as we further explore and develop the field of maritime informatics”, says Associate Professor Mikael Lind, Research Manager Sustainable Transports at RISE Viktoria.