The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is excited to announce the appointment of Peter Rabley as OGC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The announcement was made last night at the Geospatial World Forum 2024 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Peter brings to OGC a wealth of experience from the private, governmental, and not-for-profit sectors, including in venture financing, and in developing and implementing scale-up strategies for international not-for-profits.

“I am excited and honored to be appointed as OGC’s CEO,” said Peter Rabley. “OGC is well positioned to build on its incredible 30 year legacy by responding to the ever-increasing rate of change seen in technology and society alike. Opportunities and challenges have never been more apparent and I see tremendous potential for growth in new markets around the globe. This is the time of geospatial.”

“I am particularly excited to have Peter leading OGC,” commented Prashant Shukle, Chair of the OGC Board of Directors. “Peter has a proven track record in the public, private, and not-for-profit areas of the geospatial industry, and closely aligns with what our key stakeholders and partners were telling us they wanted in a CEO. The OGC Board took the time to get this selection right, and we are very excited about how Peter fits with our plans for a reinvigorated and repositioned OGC.”

Peter’s appointment to CEO is timely, with it coming during OGC’s 30th anniversary year—a time when OGC is taking stock of its successes while modernizing to respond to a global economy that increasingly uses geospatial technologies across so many domains and applications. 

The OGC is one of the world’s largest data and technology consortia and one of its longest standing. Under Peter’s leadership, OGC will work with new and existing partners and stakeholders to bring accelerated, practical, and implementable solutions to our community.

About Peter Rabley
Peter Rabley is a technology executive, investor and geographer. He has spent the last thirty years creating and operating geospatial businesses that map the earth to improve lives and protect the resources of our planet. Prior to OGC, Peter Rabley co-founded PLACE, a non-profit data trust that makes mapping more accessible and affordable so that decision makers have the data they need to improve the places around them. At PLACE, Peter was responsible for strategy and managing the organization’s investment portfolio. Before PLACE, Peter was a venture partner at leading impact investing firm Omidyar Network, where he led the Property Rights initiative.
Peter has built various businesses including ILS, an enterprise software firm that provided property taxation, registration and mapping solutions to governments globally. After its acquisition by Thomson Reuters, he became Vice President for Global Business Development and Strategy at Thomson Reuters.
Peter remains on the board of PLACE. He also serves on the board of the Radiant Earth Foundation, Meridia, and Microbuild. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. Peter graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in Geography and Economics and an M.A. in Geography.

Peter Rabley (L) on stage at Geospatial World Forum 2024 with OGC Board Members (L-R) Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, Rob van de Velde, Chair Prashant J. Shukle, Frank Suykens, and Deborah Davis.


OGC Staff