Olivier Cottray joined the GICHD in January 2012, initially as the Division’s Information Services Coordinator. As Head of the Information Management Division, he is now in charge of managing the team that provides Information Management capacity development and technical support to the mine action community.
Prior to joining the GICHD Olivier worked in humanitarian emergencies, running Geographic Information Systems (GIS) support cells in UN and NGOs field operations. He started working in humanitarian GIS in 2002, when he helped found the NGO MapAction, a rapid response organisation that provides immediate IM/GIS support in the weeks following a crisis. He has set up and run emergency GIS cells in a number of countries, including Pakistan, Lebanon, Colombia, Haiti, Sudan, DRC and Ethiopia.
Olivier completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Economics at the London School of Economics in 1998, and a Masters degree in GIS and Remote Sensing at the University of Cambridge in 1999. After graduating, he worked for three years as a geographic data analyst and aerial photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before joining the humanitarian community.