David J. Patraiko
Director of Projects
The Nautical Institute

David Patraiko is the current Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute. He is responsible for developing and managing major Institute projects and co-ordinates the work of the Institute's Technical and Professional Development Committees. He represents the professional interests of members' in general shipping, training and technical forum, and at the IMO. Much of this work is aimed at assisting members of the Institute with Continuous Professional Development. He has led research and produced many papers and articles on the use of CBT, Electronic Navigation, implementation of IT systems on board merchant vessels and the associated 'Human Element' effects created by technology. He is currently involved with the international development of e-navigation and is Chairman of the IALA e-navigation working group for Strategy and Operations.

After a brief period as an independent consultant and surveyor, in 1997 he accepted the position as Project Manager for The Nautical Institute, and became Director of Projects in 2003. A graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (US), he sailed on a variety of international vessels in his twelve years in the Merchant Navy (1985 - 1997). He holds an Unlimited Master Mariners licence, and was awarded an MBA degree from Henley Management College (UK).

The Nautical Institute is the recognised international professional body for qualified mariners and others with an interest in nautical science. Its purpose is to promote high standards of knowledge, qualifications and competence amongst those in control of sea-going craft, both afloat and ashore. The Institute holds Non-Governmental Organisation status at the International Maritime Organization.