Dr. sc. nat. Olivier Lateltin has been running the Swiss Geological Survey since June 2011 and is a member of the swisstopo management team. Olivier Lateltin was born in Geneva in 1959 and grew up in Freiburg (Fribourg). During his studies at the university of Freiburg (Fribourg) he gained a geology diploma (1983) and a doctorate in natural sciences (1987) and then an MSc in hydrogeology (1984) at the University of Neuenburg (Neuchâtel). He occupied various posts in universities and in commercial enterprises until, in 1996, he became Director of the National Platform for Natural Hazards (PLANAT) and then, in 2001, Section Head of Geological Risks and Head of the federal government's Coordination Centre for Seismic Risks Mitigation. Between December 2006 and May 2011 he was Director of the Cantonal Building Insurance Prevention Foundation. Olivier Lateltin is also part of the CERG-C scientific committee, a committee member of the SGEB/SIA and member of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit SDC/FDFA. He sits on various national and international specialist commissions as a federal representative.