Mathias Jonas is Secretary-General of the IHO. He is also Master Mariner, has a PhD in Nautical Engineering, is Reserve Officer German Navy was National Hydrographer and vice president of the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, and has represented Germany in IMO and IHO organs since 1998. He was chairman of IHO´s Hydrographic Standards and Services Committee, overseeing a total of nine technical standardisation working groups.