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Tribute to Giovanni Rum who retires from GEO in December.

Blog / Alex Held / December 21, 2016

Giovanni Rum (centre) thanked for his service to GEO at the Thirteenth GEO Plenary in St Petersburg, Russia by Executive Committee Chair, Philemon Mjwara, Director-General, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa (l) and GEO Secretariat Director, Barbara Ryan (r)
Giovanni Rum (centre) thanked for his service to GEO at the Thirteenth GEO Plenary in St Petersburg, Russia by Executive Committee Chair, Philemon Mjwara, Director-General, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa (l) and GEO Secretariat Director, Barbara Ryan (r).
Giovanni Rum (centre) thanked for his service to GEO at the Thirteenth GEO Plenary in St Petersburg, Russia by Executive Committee Chair, Philemon Mjwara, Director-General, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa (l) and GEO Secretariat Director, Barbara Ryan (r)
Giovanni Rum (centre) thanked for his service to GEO at the Thirteenth GEO Plenary in St Petersburg, Russia by Executive Committee Chair, Philemon Mjwara, Director-General, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa (l) and GEO Secretariat Director, Barbara Ryan (r).

It has been a pleasure and great experience working with you, Giovanni.

I think anyone involved with the GEO community knows Giovanni, the outgoing Senior Programme Officer at GEO. Over the course of the first decade of GEO, he helped to shape the development of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). He’s also been instrumental in setting the course for the next decade of GEO.

Giovanni spent the majority of his career at the Italian Space Agency, from 1981 to June 2006, where he was the Head of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Earth Observation Unit, before joining the GEO Secretariat.

Giovanni has also been a member of the ESA Earth Observation Program Board, CEOS, and worked closely with Institutional Users to introduce satellite data and related information into their decision processes.

Giovanni, I think we first met over ten years ago. Probably for the first time in a Sentinel Asia disaster monitoring workshop in Malaysia or a GEO Asia-Pacific symposium.

Since about 2008, we have had a close working partnership under the GEO Forest Carbon Tracking task (now GFOI), with lots of joint coordination workshops and meetings around the world.

I have valued your friendship and professional approach to the complex environment of GEO and associated initiatives, and I wish you all the best in retirement.

I’m sure we will cross paths again, anyway, soon

 

Alex Held

About the author:

Alex Held is Research Group Leader of Landscape Observation and Simulation Group of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Land and Water Flagship. Alex is also serving as the Director of the "AusCover" remote sensing data facility that is part of Australia´s "Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network" - TERN, which provides free and open access to various satellite datasets.

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