Steven Ramage

Strategy Director


Steven has over 20 years experience in the geospatial industry, and immediately prior to joining what3words was the Managing Director of Ordnance Survey International. He is currently a visiting Professor at the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is a member of the Global Advisory Council supporting the Open Geospatial Consortium and has held a range of senior level positions within the industry. For many years Steven has worked at the most senior levels of Government around the world to develop location strategy, he’s now focusing on using his experience and expertise to direct the global adoption and growth of what3words.


The world is poorly addressed. Street addressing is often inadequate and while coordinates and alphanumeric systems are accurate, they are prone to errors in transcription and communication. what3words is a location reference system based on a global grid of 57 trillion 3mx3m squares; each square has been pre-assigned a unique 3-word address. Easier to remember and communicate, quicker and more cost effective to implement, this is a global and human-friendly system. Used in over 170 countries it means packages, post and aid are being delivered easily and cost effectively. It means emergency situations, friends and business are found. It potentially means that billions are no longer invisible to the state. Their mission is to make the world a better place by giving everyone and everywhere a simple address.