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I call myself a career nomad. I started out in South Africa’s mining sector, but when the country transitioned to a democratic government in 1994, I wanted to help rebuild our science system. I got involved in developing our space programme and did a master’s degree in space-systems engineering at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, followed by a master’s in business administration at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.