I have been involved in cartography and geospatial information science for more than 30 years. My main interests are in the collection and representation of geospatial information for the optimal utilization of this critical information. More recently my focus has been the application of geospatial information in the development planning context and spatial data infrastructures. I am of the view that the ICA offers a good platform for cooperation and sharing of knowledge in the fields of cartography and geospatial information science. I hold a PhD and am professionally registered. I am active at the national and regional levels and am a member of the Global Advisory Committee of OGC. Organisationally I contribute a lot in governance.