Kevin Govender

Director: International Astronomical Union's Global Office of Astronomy for Development

Thirty-two-year-old Kevin Govender has long observed how science changes lives. And now, as the first director of the International Astronomical Union's Global Office of Astronomy for Development, Govender finally has the mandate to make things happen for developing nations. That's a very big deal. It's the first office in the world for development in the field of astronomy. Take into account all the education outreach projects Govender helped during his five years at National Energy South Africa, add the socioeconomic benefits he enabled during his time as manager of the Southern African Large Telescope's (SALT)'s collateral benefits division and multiply it by the 800-million people he and his team reached through lobbying for the International Year of Astronomy and you might get an idea of how Govender feels about his new developmental role � over the moon. � Cat Pritchard

Twitter: @govender