Robert Cole Basford, CPEng

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2020-present Otso Ltd
2013-2020 Germany
1997-2013 Finland
1990-1997 ADF.Navy
1978-1990 ADF.Army




Robert Cole Basford
The Economist Innovation Summit Europe
London 10/2019

Robert Cole Basford
Smart City Expo World Congress
Barcelona 11/2019

Enterprising, energized, eclectic, ex-Royal Australian Navy Engineering Officer & Royal Military College of Australia Engineering Graduate, I’ve had five careers across four industries in three countries over two continents. Most recently in Germany as an Information Services Program Manager for HERE Technologies (majority owned Audi/BMW/Daimler) and Nokia Corporation.

Previously, in Finland I also led Information Technology and Communications Program/Project Management including Technology Consulting with Nokia Corporation, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Nokia Networks, and as Quality Assurance Manager in the Marine, Robotic Manufacturing industry with Marioff Corporation, and in a wide variety of leadership and Engineering roles throughout Australia in the Australian Defence Force, Navy and Army.

Last year I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Business (MIT Management Executive Education), complimenting my Master of Commerce (Information Systems) and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degrees from UNSW.

Designated a co-inventor "for providing interactive three-dimensional indoor environments", I earlier received the Institute of Marine Engineers Bi-Centennial Silver Medal for "outstanding performance during training as a Marine Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Navy", and Royal Military College of Australia Graduate #2888. I’ve held commissions for Officer in both the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army. Chartered Professional Engineer, The Institution of Engineers Australia Register No.01012

Reference from an Australian Public Service supervisor Mr Bob Collins dated 30.06.1997.