Dr Zhang Xiaogang has been elected ISO President for a three-year term which started on 1 January 2015. Dr Zhang is currently Vice Chairman of Ansteel Group Corporation, which counts amongst the world's top 500 corporations, and has distinguished himself in various high level leadership positions over the years for several related iron and steel corporations during a career spanning 35 years. An active member of the iron and steel industry, Dr Zhang holds a Doctorate in metal material and heat treatment and has a keen interest in both the academic and industrial side of things. He has taken part in many scientific research projects, as well as won a number of important scientific awards. His commitment to the industry led him to chair and direct various iron and steel associations and committees in China. He was also the Chairman of the World Steel Association, and chaired an ISO technical committee during 13 years. During his time on the Chinese Standardization Expert Committee, he played an important role in strategic planning, policy making and standards research for standardization at the national level.
John Walter is serving a one year term as ISO President-elect in advance of a two-year term as ISO President, beginning in January, 2018. Mr Walter has previously served as ISO Vice-President (policy) for the period 2014-2016 during which time his duties 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 is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada’s member body to ISO. Since his appointment in 2009, Mr Walter has initiated a productive dialogue with senior decision-makers from industry and government in order to establish Canada’s strategic standardization priorities. This dialogue led to the implementation of innovative solutions to support Canada’s standardization priorities such as the accreditation of new standards development organizations; the systematic monitoring of thousands of standards in government regulations; and the development of new standards to help deploy leading-edge technologies. In addition to his duties at SCC, Mr Walter helped strengthen international standardization by actively participating in ISO’s Technical Management Board (TMB) and by assisting regional organizations such as the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) to set new strategic priorities. Mr Walter was recently appointed as an advisor on the China Standardization Expert Committee (CSEC) of the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC).
Prior to his appointment at SCC, Mr Walter gained extensive experience as both a developer and user of standards. From 2001 to 2009, he was Vice-President, Standards Development for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group), Canada’s largest standards development organization. Previously, Mr Walter worked with standards from a business/industry perspective as the founding President and CEO of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). TSSA oversees public safety in Ontario, Canada’s largest province. While Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations in Ontario, he also gained experience using standards as a regulator. Mr Walter holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, Ontario.
Scott Steedman has been appointed ISO Vice-President (policy) for 2017. A senior industry figure in business and engineering with a career spanning industry, standards and academia with excellent strategic, communication and technical leadership skills. Responsible for the ISO member in the United Kingdom in his role as Director of Standards at BSI 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 recently completed six years as a non‐executive Director on the Board of the Port of London Authority. 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 has been Vice‐President Policy of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) since 2013.
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 is currently the Managing Director of the Royal Netherlands Standardisation Institute (NEN) and has held this position since 2012. 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 stakeholder panel of the Dutch Accreditation Council. He is also 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, 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.