Steven Ramage

MD, Ordnance Survey

Biography

Steven Ramage is the Managing Director of Ordnance Survey International, part of Ordnance Survey, the national mapping authority for Great Britain. Ordnance Survey provides paper maps and maps on computers (digital mapping) to government, businesses and individuals in England, Scotland and Wales, generating more than £140m every year (turnover).

Steven leads a team of people who work overseas to advise governments (around the world) about Ordnance Survey’s successes and developments. As the world’s leading national mapping authority, Ordnance Survey is consulted by many nations that want to understand how geographic information can help them manage their countries. For example, how to develop the way they manage national water and electricity distribution, support their road and rail networks, plan for new houses, respond to floods and other natural hazards or even ensure national security.

Ordnance Survey International works with governments around the world providing advice on knowledge transfer, capacity building and national economic growth underpinned by authoritative mapping.

Prior to joining Ordnance Survey International, Steven was Executive Director at the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) with global responsibility for communicating the value of open standards. He has held management positions at a variety of organisations in the geospatial industry, including Oceonics (now part of Fugro), Navteq (now part of Nokia) and 1Spatial. His international industry experience includes working with local and central government, defence, national mapping and cadastral authorities (land registration) and commercial organisations.

Steven is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), a member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Global Advisory Council and a Non-Executive Director of the GeoThings Foundation in Taiwan which provides technology solutions for humanitarian assistance.

Living and working abroad are amongst Steven’s passions, which also include collecting vinyl records, playing badminton, kayaking and walking his dog Boris – a 3 years old Samoyed. Steven has been married to Nina (from Norway) for 14 years and their (bilingual) son Thomas is 10 years old. Steven speaks 4 languages and has studied 8 languages in total.

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