Koen is a geology graduate and has an MSc in Petroleum Geology, both from UCD. He spent 15 years in the resource industry, briefly in Oil & Gas exploration and the majority of the time working in mineral exploration, mostly for Irish junior exploration companies. He worked and lived for several years, in Canada, Australia, Mexico, Cuba and various parts of Africa. In 2000 Koen joined the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), working first in Minerals, thereafter in Information Management, and then in the Marine Geology programme, where he co-managed the flagship INFOMAR Project. More recently Koen has been involved in all aspects of GSI management, working closely with the GSI’s parent Department – the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, and in the role of Acting Director since April 2012. Koen was appointed Director of GSI in January 2013.