Francis Zachariae began the work as Secretary-General of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) February 2015.
Francis Zachariae has a background from the Royal Danish Navy, the Ministry of Defence, the EU Council Secretariat and the Danish Maritime Authority where he was the Deputy Director General. He is educated from the naval Academy, from Collège Interarmées de Défense in Paris and has a Master of Science, Public Administration.
Francis Zachariae is residing in St. Germain en Laye, France where lives with his wife Jane. They have two grown up sons.