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Tidiane Ouattara

Dr Tidiane Ouattara

President, African Space Agency (AfSA)

Dr. Tidiane Ouattara received a PhD and a master’s degree, both in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) from Sherbrooke University (Canada) respectively in 2001 and 1996. He also holds a master’s degree in physical geography from Université de Cocody-Abidjan (Côte-d’Ivoire). Dr. Ouattara is currently the elected Président of the African Space Council of the African Space Agency. Fluently speaking English and French, he has gained tremendous experience in international relations and business development, research and development (R&D), strategic policy development and program management issues related to environment, natural resources, and sciences and technology. Indeed Dr. Ouattara began his career in Canada as lecturer at Sherbrooke University from 1996 to 2001. Positions occupied:


  • At the Canadian Space Agency (2004-2006): International Relations Manager in charge of Africa, Central and South America and United Nations. He was also covering Earth Observation, Navigation and Positioning, Robotics and Space Sciences portfolios.
  • At the Department of Natural Resources Canada (2002-2004 and 2006-2010): Senior Science and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Deputy Minister, the Chief Scientist -Head of knowledge management, bilateral and multilateral strategies Unit - Manager of Canadian Digital Elevation Model Programme
  • At the Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada (2010-2016): Head Manager, Geospatial Data Management, Landscape and Ecosystem Assessment Planning and Coordination Section, Canadian Wildlife Service
  • At the African Union Commission (2016-Present): Space Science Expert leading the development and implementation of the African Outer Space Programme as well as the African Space Policy and Strategy - Manager and Coordinator of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES & Africa) Programme.
  • President of the African Space Council of the African Space Agency.


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