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Dr. Gobe Hobona is the OGC's Director of Product Management, Standards. In this role he manages coordination between Standards Working Groups (SWGs) and set priorities for standards development (in cooperation with SWG chairs). He also provides oversight of OGC Application Programming Interface (API) evolution and harmonization activities. He identifies opportunities for investment in SWG participation, Innovation Program initiatives, and Compliance test development. He monitors and participates in SWG activities, as well organises Sprints to advance standards or verify their design. He is also accountable for the Compliance Program and is responsible for Knowledge Management.

He holds a PhD in Geomatics from Newcastle University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geographic Information Science from Newcastle University. He is a professional member of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

Other activities: Chair of the OGC Architecture Domain Working Group; Chair of the OGC Naming Authority; Member of the RICS Aerial Imagery Guidance Working Group; and OGC representative on the IST/36 committee on geographic information of the British Standards Institution (BSI).