avatar for Kevin Govender

Kevin Govender

Chair IAU-GA2024 NOC
South Africa
Founding and current director of IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), which was established in 2011, now with 11 regional offices and language centres globally. Previously Manager of the Southern African Large Telescope’s Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African Astronomical Observatory, and facilitator for the establishment of the African Astronomical Society. Experimental nuclear physics background, with experience in community and school development initiatives in post-apartheid South Africa. Joint recipient of the Edinburgh Medal, together with the IAU, for "the creation and practical establishment of the Office of Astronomy for Development, which integrates the pursuit of scientific knowledge with social development for and with those most in need".