Tidiane Ouattara

African Union Commission • Space Science Expert and GMES & Africa Program Coordinator

Dr. Tidiane Ouattara received a master’s degree in physical geography from Université de Cocody-Abidjan (Côte-d’Ivoire). In 1996, Dr. Ouattara obtained a master’s degree and in 2001 a PhD, both in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) from Sherbrooke University (Canada). Dr. Ouattara is currently Space Science Expert and Coordinator for GMES & Africa Programme. 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. He taught not only scientific courses, but also African geopolitics and sociocultural issues. After a brief stay with the private sector in Montreal, in 2002 Dr. Ouattara started working with the federal government of Canada. He successively occupied various positions:

At the Canadian Space Agency (2004-2006):

  • Advisor to the President and 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.
  • Head of Canadian Delegation at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS).

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 and, Head of knowledge management, bilateral and multilateral strategies Unit Manager of Canadian Digital Elevation Model Programme and, Researcher and International Relations officer in geomatics (earth observation, mapping, GPS and Geographical Information System).

At the Department of Environment Canada (2010-2016):

  • Manager, Geospatial Data Management Section, Canadian Wildlife Service.
  • Head, Landscape and Ecosystem Assessment Planning and Coordination Section, Canadian Wildlife Service

At the African Union Commission (2016-Present):

  • Space Science Expert in charge of the development and implementation of the African Outer Space Programme.
  • Coordinator for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES & Africa) Programme.


International Astronautical Congress 2021

25-29 October 2021

Dubai, United Arab Emirates