Carolina Ödman-Govender studied physics engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne before completing a Ph.D. in theoretical cosmology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She has consulted for UNESCO and tutored at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in South Africa. After working as a post-doc, she joined Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands where she developed "Universe Awareness." In 2010, she became a research fellow at the South African Astronomical Observatory and at AIMS. In 2011, she became the director of academic development of the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative. She remains a member of the Universe Awareness Project Board and of the AIMS Cosmology Group.