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Posted by Nathalie SIDIBE on 8 March 2020 in English.

From her Academic background as a Manager of Human Resources, volunteering has taken Nathalie off the beaten path and into the world of social activism through geography and community building.

Nathalie first encountered Openstreetmap in 2014 through the evangelism of Projet Espace Openstreetmap Francophone ProjetEOF, ProjetEOF while she was managing women empowerment projects in Mali for Association Femmes Leadership et Developpement Durable and the Mali chapter of Network of African Youths for Development. The frantic experience of mapathons quickly led her to tutor newcomers and before long she was teaching advanced skills in Openstreetmap editing and QGIS, traveling around West Africa to collaborate with Openstreetmap contributors and cofounding Openstreetmap Mali in December,2014.

Engagement in Openstreetmap naturally made Nathalie a vocal advocate of open data in Mali – she took the Lead of the French-speaking Africa Community for OpenData CAFDO, in Mali in June 2017. She also started her small company DataTICConsultingConsulting, offering bespoke services to private and public customers who wish to build upon tools such as QGIS and tie their business to open platforms such as Openstreetmap.

In her growing portfolio of Openstreetmap activities, Nathalie has nevertheless kept her focus on women empowerment by launching initiatives such as Openstreetmap Girls in November 2015 with women mappers in West Africa – who form a tight community bonded by shared experience as budding leaders in a patriarchal society. With the technical support of Les Libres Geographes, she lead a mapping project called CarteInnov CarteInnov in Mali, financed by the Organisation International de la Francophonie in 14 African countries including Mali from August 2016 to September 2019.

Nowadays, Nathalie keeps a steady regimen of Openstreetmap and opendata projects through partnerships with Academic Institutions, Natioanl and International NGO and Government Agencies and is currently leading the Public Equipments mapping project in Bamako, financed by the Agence De Developpement Regional ADR de Bamako.

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HOT Board Nomination

Posted by Nathalie SIDIBE on 18 April 2018 in English. Last updated on 22 April 2018.


I’m Astou Nathalie SIDIBE, a Human Ressources Manager, Social Activist, committed to Communities building, volunteer and humanitarian activities for a long time, in Mali.

I got involved in OpenstreetMap Project in December 2014 after two weeks of OpenStreetMap and GIS training with the Projet Espace OpenStreetMap Francophone, ProjetEOF in Bamako, then i cofounded OpenStreetMap Mali and advocate for OpenStreetMap and OpenData projects with a volunteer group in Mali.

So, since January 2015, i’ve been planning and organizing mapping parties, MappingCamps in Mali, cofacilitating OSM trainings in Mali and in West Africa with the support of the ProjetEOF.

I’m personnally involved in developing partnership with Public and Private Administrations, Universities, High Schools, local and International Organizations and NGO.

I’m currently leading, with the technical support of Les Libres Geographes, a mapping project on Organizations working in the Digital fields. This project, called [CarteInnov] (, is initiated and financed by the Organisation International de la Francophonie in 14 African countries including Mali. I’m also Leading the French-Speaking Africa Community for OpenData, CAFDO, in Mali.

Joining HOT Board is an honour and an opportunity to support and contribute more to HOT, to collaborate and learn more from other Board Members, to strengthen my leadership skills and also share my fews experiences leading a local community.

Thank you !