Professor Kouadio Affian is a Professor of Remote Sensing at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He majored in Oceanography at the PhD level at the University of Bordeaux 1, France. Furthermore, he was the Vice-President of the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, in charge of education training and student affairs between 2012-2022. He was the Director of the Remote Sensing Center for Applied Research (CURAT) at the University of Cocody in Abidjan from 1999-2010, the Director of the Postgraduate African school of Remote Sensing between 1999-2010, and the Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Cocody from 2010 to 2012.
Prof. Affian has served on numerous national bodies and committees in various capacities, including chair of the national interministerial scientific committee in charge of coastal erosion issues and member of the Advisory board of the national e-learning school etc. At the international level, he took part in the UNESCO Assembly as the chair of the national scientific committee for several years. In addition, he has participated as head of the Ivorian delegation in the council and assembly of IOC-UNESCO (Intergovernmental Ocean Commission) bodies since 2005. He is the Chair of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission for Africa and Adjacent Islands.
He is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications in various fields, focusing on developing integrated coastal zone management, coastal erosion, sea surface temperature, sea colour, bathymetry and environment studies based on remote sensing and GIS. Prof. Affian is a member of the UN Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development advising board.