International Hydrographic Organization
Dr Mathias Jonas was elected as Secretary General of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) at the 1st IHO Assembly in April 2017. He took up his appointment at the IHO Secretariat in Monaco on 1st September 2017.
Prior to this election he held the posts of Vice President of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency and National Hydrographer of Germany with responsibility for sea survey and sea cartography. Being a mariner, Dr Jonas has been is involved in integrated navigation matters since the beginning of the nineties. In addition he has completed the world’s first ECDIS type approval in1999 and has continuously contributed to IMO and IHO standardisation activities for navigation equipment, survey and cartography. In his former position as Chairman of the IHO Hydrographic Standards and Services Committee (HSSC) he supervised altogether ten different technical standardisation Working Groups. One of the core projects of the IHO, the S-100 concept, was developed during his term as Chair.