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Francis Zachariae began the work as Secretary-General of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) February 2015.
Established in 1957, IALA enables marine aids to navigation authorities, manufacturers, consultants, and scientific and training institutes from all parts of the world to exchange and compare their experiences, achievements, and technical and operational policies via participation in IALA Technical Committees. The Committees work to create IALA Recommendations and Guidelines which are recognised worldwide as the international standards for the implementation and operation of aids to navigation. These standards help to ensure that the movements of vessels are safe, expeditious, cost effective and harmless to the environment.
After leaving high school Francis Zachariae joined the Danish Naval Academy, followed in 1983 by service aboard several naval ships. From 1988 to 1990 he was Aide-de-camp to the Minister of Defence, where he was in charge of the relations with the media, the armed forces and the public. Francis Zachariae went back to sea in 1990 on patrol vessel “Havkatten” which was one of new project “Standardflex” vessels. Two years later he became responsible for the procurement of such vessels as Project Manager at the Naval
Material Command. At the same time as he was working with the Danish Ministry of Defence, Francis Zachariae completed a Master of Science, Public Administration, following which he was promoted to Captain (N) and appointed to Brussels to become Branch Chief and Advisor of the EU Council Secretariat. This was his second experience abroad. From 1993-1994 Francis Zachariae had attended the Collège Interarmées de Défense in Paris, France. In 2006 he was back at the Naval Academy, this time as Commandant, when the Academy was undergoing a comprehensive modernisation programme. Appointed Deputy Director General of the Danish Maritime Safety Administration (DaMSA) in 2007 he was responsible for navigational information, aids to navigation, coastal rescue, pilotage and regulatory tasks, until the merging of DaMSA with the Danish Maritime Authority. The merger was completed in 2011 when Francis Zachariae became one of its three Deputy Directors General. His main tasks were related to maritime regulation, safety of navigation and pilotage in the Danish, Greenland and Faroese waters.
Francis Zachariae is residing in St. Germain en Laye, France where lives with his wife Jane. They have two grown up sons.