Dr Tidiane Ouattara Appointed Head of the Science, Technology and Space Division at the AUC

Dr Tidiane Ouattara has been appointed the Head of the Science, Technology and Space Division at the Department of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, African Union Commission. 

The Division of Science, Technology and Space manages the collective action at the national, regional and continental levels to popularise and raise awareness on the central role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in socio-economic development; promotes public understanding and participation, building human and institutional capacities for STI. Furthermore, in this capacity, Dr Tidiane will lead efforts to formulate, harmonise, coordinate, and implement policies that will transform the continent into an innovation-led and knowledge-based economy. 

He remains the Space Expert in charge of the development and implementation of the African Outer Space Programme, including implementing the African Space Policy and Strategy and establishing the African Space Agency.

Dr Tidiane Ouattara previously served as the GMES & Africa Programme Coordinator, an AU-EU joint initiative funded by the European Commission. Before joining the African Union in 2016, he had worked as a lecturer at his alma mater, Sherbrooke University, Canada, and then with the Canadian government in various space application and management roles covering earth observation, policy and research, strategy, and international relations.

Dr Tidiane Ouattara has a PhD and a master’s degree in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from Sherbrooke University, Quebec, Canada and a master’s degree in Physical Geography from Université de Cocody, Abidjan, Côte-d’Ivoire.