Colin Everard

Colin Everard

From a young age I have enjoyed writing; and especially during the last ten years I have been greatly supported and encouraged by good, solid feedback reviews and comments. During my earlier professional career I wrote two short (100 pages) books and had 28 articles published – many were translated into four languages. For example, for one of my technical innovations I was published by McGraw Hill. Since the early nineties I have written various articles on disparate subjects.

In an article I wrote a few years ago, in order to establish my credentials with my readers, I began with the question, ‘Who am I?’ The answer: I am an ordinary sort of Englishman. I am driven by a desire to do a bit of good in an increasingly divided and complex world. I am a pragmatic realist. I have no time for extremes. Deep down, I have a strong sense of humour; this is usually an asset, but can be misunderstood, especially by people who take themselves (too?) seriously. During my professional career I enjoyed my work and found it rewarding, even if at times life could be a bit tough and my work took me to some strange, sometimes unpleasant, places.

At the age of 21 I decided to devote my life to help improve, in a practical way, the lot of others who may be less privileged. This would be based on compassion (never condescension), mutual respect, an understanding of cultural differences, and persevering, focused hard work.

I went to work in Africa and joined the battle against the desert locust scourge, a ravaging grasshopper which devoured crops and caused country-wide famine and consequent starvation. I worked mainly in remote, sparsely populated, desolate, semi-desert areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and northern Kenya. Often I had to work for months with the assistance of only three or four Somalis (I learned to speak Somali fluently); inevitably, sometimes I found myself in dangerous situations. After several years, the main thrust of our work switched from ground operations to aerial reconnaissance and spraying. So I took a flying licence.

This was followed by another 10 years’ work, first, administering a sleeping sickness research set-up (500 staff) in Idi Amin’s Uganda; sleeping sickness is a killing disease which attacks the nervous system. Second, I specialized in logistics – this culminated in a comprehensive plan of logistics reorganization for public services covering Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. I directed the successful implementation of the agreed plan.

From the seventies to the nineties, based in Canada, I specialized in civil aviation development cooperation in the Third World; my primary focus was Asia and the Pacific. About halfway through this 20 years’ period I ensured I was current by attending a post-graduate intensive course in the United States at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Air Transportation Planning and Economics. Although I retired in the nineties, from time to time I am asked for my views on various Third World issues, which I give with pleasure. I also deliver guest lectures.

My wife, Emy, is Austrian and we have been happily married for over 40 years. We have four wonderfully successful daughters, who live in Canada, France and the United States. Emy and I live in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria.

Now I am ‘free’ to have a game of golf and to enjoy the cultural life of Vienna. Above all, I am free to write!

Author Colin Everard at the launch party for Safe Skies