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Hansley Noruthun Honored as One of the 2021 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

September 10, 2021, St. Louis, USA — For his passion about space and bright imagination, Hansley Noruthun of Mauritius has been selected as a 2021 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Honoree in the category of Scientific and/or Technological Development. 

Hansley Noruthun has always been interested in space and its ability to unite humanity and push the boundaries of the unknown. After all, exploration is part of human nature and Earth remains our home in this journey. Coming from the island of Mauritius, Hansley has made it his mission to transform communities and support developing countries using space science technology and applications. 

Despite the lack of opportunities in his home country at that time, Hansley studied bioscience and became the first Mauritian to be awarded a joint scholarship to complete a Space Program by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center.

Over the span of the past decade, Hansley has encouraged the participation of developing countries, specifically targeting youth in Africa, to explore and develop space technology and education in civil society, academia and the private sector. 

He has campaigned for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and made it his goal to advocate for quality education and socio-economic growth while addressing global challenges using innovative approaches. His areas of focus include earth observation, disaster management, the blue economy and climate change.

Hansley has recently been appointed to a Program Management position within the Office of the Director for the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna. He currently serves as the first elected National Point of Contact (NPoC) of Mauritius for the Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications as well as the IAF Emerging Space Leader for the Republic of Mauritius. Most recently, Hansley has been selected as part of the African Space Industry Top 10 Under 30.

With ongoing projects and contributions such as The Great Reset, Space Economy and support for several NGOs, Hansley has reached thousands of young individuals working directly with international organizations and global leaders and engaging more than half of African countries. His work is directly helping raise awareness about current challenges and promoting activities in terms of policy and program discussions by acting as one of the main communication channels between the local community and international network. Hansley rose to prominence as an innovator and multi award-winning Pan-African changemaker in the field of technology and has been named one of Forbes 30 Under 30. Hansley believes in his work and hopes to empower the next generation and continue to create positive change through his contributions globally.

About JCI TOYP: JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and have extraordinary accomplishments regarding individual development, business and entrepreneurship, community action and international cooperation. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young leaders create beneficial solutions on a local and global level.

The ten honorees will be recognized at the 2021 JCI Awards Ceremony at the 2021 JCI World Congress in November.

About JCI: JCI, a global leadership organization, provides personal and professional development opportunities to young leaders age 18 to 40. Through its international network of around 110 countries, JCI unites all sectors of society and empowers the leaders of tomorrow to turn challenges into opportunities today. For more information, visit

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