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Curriculum Vitae for Paul Shaw

Descending from the Mulanje Massif, Malawi

Educational  and Professional Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Land Survey Sciences  (UEL)

Master of Business Administration (MBA) (see OU for details)

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)


Presentations and Papers

The Critical Role of Geospatial Information in Climate Change Adaption Planning for Malawi
Geospatial Information, MDG's and Malaw
How Geospatial Information can aid the achievement of the MDG's

Pipeline mapping in Egypt

What is a land surveyor?

Flood Modelling and Management

Published letters



Paul Shaw has over 32 years of public and private sector experience in geospatial information in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, including land, building, aerial, engineering, and hydrographic surveys and remote sensing. He has also given lectures, seminars and written articles on these subjects. His software skills include program writing, WEB development, CAD, GIS and geospatial engineering. Clients include the EU, BP, Shell, Saudi Aramco, Thames Water, Glasgow University, British Gas and the Egyptian Natural Gas Company (GASCO).

Paul has worked in multi-cultural environments, managed large teams, often in harsh conditions, and familiar with meeting tight timescales to budget. His key skills include; practical common sense; honesty and integrity; energy and enthusiasm; an ability to listen, understand and communicate with different nationalities and cultures; an open mind; a lot of patience; a competence to find collaborative solutions in complex working environments.

During 2001 and 2002 he was responsible for one of the largest consultancies ever awarded by the Private Sector Development Program in Egypt, with specific responsibility for interim management and development of a strategic plan for a technologically advanced SME. Tasks included establishing job, finance, computer and quality control systems; writing technical proposals; training the surveyors/engineers in new technologies; market assessment of a related industry; establishment of strategic alliances with Egyptian and UK companies; renegotiating existing contracts; maintaining positive cash flow. The relationship with the MD and his family was crucial and a real challenge.

During 2000 and 2001 he worked with the Egyptian Natural Gas Company (GASCO) to oversee total quality management of a pipeline-mapping project using new technologies. Innovative processes are not without their problems and close collaboration with the stakeholders, including the chairman of GASCO, was essential to the projects success. Tasks involved writing technical specifications for equipment procurement; training of GASCO engineers to locate pipe defects using satellite positioning; analyzing data quality; development of technological processes.

Prior to GeoVision he was Operational Director of an Land Survey based SME of over 40 people. Achievements included; converting the survey division from manual to automated processes; moving production work offshore to increase cost-competitiveness; initiating Investors in People; establishing new HRM systems.

He believes communication is key in any business, not just in the sense of getting messages across but also with regard to knowledge sharing. Critical to effective communication is the development of trust. As a consultant you have to respect that trust. It is the most important part of business management. Without it the communication process will not be effective. An open, trusting environment encourages creativity and risk taking - an important part of the life long learning process.

In addition to consultancy he is currently volunteering with the Network of African Youths for Development (NAYD) by creating and maintaining its website ( ).This organisation was formed in 2007 to enourage young Africans involved in sustainable development to collaborate more effectively.

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