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Kevindran Govender

IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Director
South Africa

Using astronomy as a tool to make the world a better place! We try to do this through university level education; school level education and public outreach.

Speech topic: The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development

Kevin Govender is currently the Director of the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development. During his previous position as the Manager of the SALT (Southern African Large Telescope) Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African Astronomical Observatory, he built up extensive experience in using astronomy as a tool to stimulate education and development, especially on the African continent. He has chaired the Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA), during which time he also served on the international IYA Working Group. He has served on the board of the Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres and currently serves on the advisory committee of Scifest Africa.