Jamie McMichael-Phillips is director of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project. A hydrographic surveyor and former Royal Navy captain, Jamie has worked in a range of leadership roles, from running his own marine data gathering missions to directing defence geospatial strategy and plans for the UK. He has managed government-to-government relationships for geospatial cooperation and has led on outreach and capacity-building of fledgling organizations in marine data collection, assessment and cartography. Prior to assuming his current role, Jamie chaired the IHO’s Worldwide ENC Database Working Group for over nine years, where he was responsible for monitoring the global footprint of electronic charts required for safe navigation at sea.