Sidiki Traore is currently the President and Founder of Distance Education for Africa (DeAfrica)/Enseignement à Distance pour l' Afrique (EdAfrique). Prior to that, he worked for the African Virtual University (AVU) for 12 years. He occupied the position of Director of the West Africa Regional Office in Dakar of the AVU, in Dakar, Senegal for five years. During the Pilot Phase of the AVU in Washington DC, he introduced the AVU English and French Language programs. Then he served as Program Coordinator for the long semester courses in sciences, math, chemistry, IT and languages
During the transition period of the AVU in Washington DC, he was the Studio Technician delivering live sessions to the AVU sites and then the Program Officer for the Short courses. As a Senior Program Officer, he designed many short courses such as the popular Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) Java Revolution. Then, designed and managed the current Certificate Programs in IT, Journalism and Business English Communication.
As a Site Liaison Officer, he was instrumental in opening the AVU Learning centers in numerous African countries such as the Gambia, Guinee –Conakry, Guinee-Bissau, Cameroon, DRC, Malawi, Madagascar; Sudan, Nigeria, Senegal. He has been in the forefront of expanding the AVU in the African continent.
His main goal is to contribute his expertise as a seasoned educator, instructional designer, cross-cultural liaison and translator to the development of quality long-distance education for Africa by developing and strengthening the network of Distance Education for Africa (DeAfrica).
Mr. Traoré holds a Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Linguistics and a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Instructional Systems Technology, both from Indiana University in the USA. He also has a Diplôme D'Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A) from the University of Paris 7 in France