Olivier Cottray joined the GICHD in January 2012, initially as coordinator of the Division's information services. As Chief of the Information Management Division, he is currently responsible for the management of the information management capacity building team and the technical support to the community of action against mines.
Prior to joining the GICHD, Olivier worked in humanitarian emergencies by managing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) support units in the field of United Nations field operations and NGOs. He began working in humanitarian GIS in 2002 when he helped found MapAction, a rapid response organization that provides immediate IM / GIS support in the weeks following a crisis. It has set up and managed emergency GIS cells in a number of countries, including Pakistan, Lebanon, Colombia, Haiti, Sudan, DRC and Ethiopia.
Olivier earned a BSc in Geography and Economics from the London School of Economics in 1998 and a Master's degree in GIS and Remote Sensing from Cambridge University in 1999. After graduation, he worked for three years as an analyst. geographic data. and aerial photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before joining the humanitarian community. Olivier worked for iMMAP for 4 years from 2008 to 2011 as an Operations Manager.