John Walter is President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) having commenced his two-year term on January 1, 2018. He served as ISO President-elect in 2017 and ISO Vice-President (policy) in 2014-2016. His duties in these roles included leadership of ISO’s Strategy and Policy Committee, supporting implementation of the ISO Strategic Plan, and ensuring effective communication on strategic issues within ISO and with its stakeholders. Mr. Walter continues to support ISO’s Strategy 2016-2020 and to conduct revitalized regional engagement strategies within ISO’s global membership. He has also served as a member of ISO’s Technical Management Board (TMB).
Mr. Walter has strengthened international standardization by assisting regional organizations such as the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) to set new strategic priorities. He was appointed as an advisor to the China Standardization Expert Committee (CSEC) of the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC).
Mr. Walter will soon retire as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada’s member body to ISO. In this capacity, he led Canada’s standardization network and promoted the effective and efficient use of standardization, with the ultimate goal of enhancing Canada's economic competitiveness and social well-being. During Mr. Walter’s term, he has successfully established standardization as a top strategic priority for the Government of Canada.
Prior to his appointment at SCC, Mr. Walter gained experience as both a developer and user of standards. He was Vice-President, Standards Development for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA); founding President and CEO of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA); and Assistant Deputy Minister in the Technical Standards Division of the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations in Canada’s largest province, Ontario. Mr. Walter received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph in 1973.
Scott Steedman has been appointed ISO Vice-President (policy) for the 2018-2019 term, having served in the same role in 2017. A senior industry figure in business and engineering with a career spanning industry, standards and academia with strong strategic, communication and technical leadership skills, he has been responsible in his role as Director of Standards at BSI for the ISO member in the United Kingdom since 2012. Dr Steedman has promoted new thinking about the role of standards as a consensus of good practice for governments, industry and consumers and as an enabler for innovation, trade and economic growth. He is a Board Director of the BSI Group and has held non‐executive positions on the Board of the Port of London Authority and the Engineering Council. Prior to joining BSI he held senior roles in the engineering industry, working in civil engineering and infrastructure, in academia and in professional bodies. At the European level, he was Vice‐President Policy of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) from 2013-16.
A former Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Institution of Civil Engineers, he continues to be Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Academy’s flagship magazine, Ingenia. Dr Steedman holds a doctorate degree in engineering from Cambridge University (United Kingdom) and was appointed to the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2010 for services to engineering.
Piet-Hein Daverveldt was appointed ISO Vice-President (technical management) for the 2017-2018 term, and served as ISO Vice-President elect (technical management) in 2016. He was the Managing Director of the Royal Netherlands Standardisation Institute (NEN) from 2012 to October 2017. Prior to this, he worked for 25 years at Royal Dutch Shell where he held various management positions. He was the NEN representative on the ISO Council from 2012 to 2013 and a member of the ISO Strategy and Policy Committee (CSC/SPC). He was Vice-President Finance at the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) in 2015 and 2016 and a CEN Board member from 2012 to 2016.
Piet-Hein is a member of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation, AcTI. He holds a doctorate in theoretical physics from Leiden University.
Bronwyn Evans has been appointed ISO Vice-President (finance) for the 2017-2018 term. She is CEO of the ISO member in Australia, Standards Australia. Dr Evans has over 30 years’ experience as a leading business executive in the fields of medical devices, engineering education, standards development and power generation. In 2015, she was appointed as the Chair of MTP Connect, an Australian Government program aimed at accelerating Australia’s innovation and global competitiveness in Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals. In the same year, Dr Evans was appointed by Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister as a Board Member of the Australia-Japan Foundation. In her executive roles, Dr Evans has led regional businesses across 12 countries; and had global leadership responsibility in a medical device company (AUD 5.9 bn) listed company in the medical technology sector. She has also had extensive experience in engineering roles in both private and public sector organizations, and held governance positions in Australian industry and professional associations, the Australian Government Think Tank on Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council, and the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney.
Dr Evans is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wollongong and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has received many Awards such as the Engineers Australia President’s Award and has been acknowledged as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers. Dr Evans has a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering in industrial automation.
Dominique Christin has been appointed ISO Treasurer until the end of 2018. Mr Christin, co-founder and partner of BianchiSchwald (formerly BCCC, an independent business law firm founded in 2001 in Switzerland), currently serves as their counsel since 2016. His career before forming BCCC includes a 10-year practice in two prominent Swiss business law firms from 1991 to 2001, and as legal counsel at Pictet (a Swiss private bank) in Luxembourg from 1995 to 1996, where he acquired outstanding expertise in banking and finance. Mr Christin has broad business and tax law knowledge providing legal advice to both corporate and private clients including not for profit organizations in matters relating to company creation, acquisition, sale, joint-venture, restructuring, relocation and winding-up of businesses. Mr Christin is on the board of several Swiss companies, including Caran d’Ache SA and on the board of a charitable foundation. Admitted to the Geneva bar in 1987, Mr Christin holds a Bachelors’ Law degree from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and a postgraduate Law degree from the University of London (United Kingdom). The quality of his work was praised by the independent legal guides Chambers Global and Legal500 Europe.
Sergio Mujica joined ISO as Secretary-General in July 2017, having spent 7 years at the World Custom’s Organization (WCO) as Deputy Secretary-General. The WCO aims to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Custom’s administrations worldwide, and within this role Mr Mujica was responsible for the design and implementation of the WCO’s strategic plan. This included simplification, harmonization and standardization of custom’s procedures in addition to capacity building initiatives aimed at the WCO members. This gave him significant experience in an international setting, building consensus within a large membership-based organization.
Prior to working at the World Customs Organization, Mr Mujica spent 15 years working for the Government of Chile with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and as the Director General of Chile Customs. A Chilean national, he has a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and a Master’s degree in International Law from the American University in Washington DC.