We are pleased to announce that Steven Vale will be the 4th keynote speaker for EFGS 2018 in Helsinki.

Steven Vale is a Senior Statistician and the Regional Advisor in Statistics at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, in Geneva, Switzerland. This role includes improving the links between the statistical and geospatial communities, with the aim of increasing the interoperability of statistical and geospatial data, in the context of providing statistics for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. His other main activities are in the areas of statistical capacity development and the modernisation of official statistics. He has been working in official statistics for 27 years, with the United Nations, OECD, Eurostat, and the UK Office for National Statistics, where he was responsible for geospatial data for business statistics.

We look forward to welcoming our venerable guest speaker in Helsinki.