Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, appointed as first woman President of Mauritius


Government of Mauritius has appointed as Ameenah Gurib-Fakim who is first president of Mauritius by Mauritian Parliament approval. Ameenah was designated as Ocean island nation’s first woman and sixth President in this country. She is biodiversity scientist and biologist.

  • Ameenah Gurib-Fakim will replace Former president Kailash Purryag, who had stepped down as the island’s figurehead. He was appointed in 2012 by then Labour party government of former premier Navin Ramgoolam.
  • Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was born in October 17, 1959 in Mauritius. She is the Managing Director (MD) of Centre International de Dveloppement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research & Innovation.
  • Ameenah had written numerous academic and research papers. She has received several accolades and honours. They including - In 2007, Laureate for the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award for Africa and In 2009, African Union Award for ‘Women in Science’ for the Easter African Region etc.
  • The island nation has strong outsourcing and financial services sector along with an important tourism industry.
  • In 1968, Mauritius had gained independence from Britain. The President is nominal head of country and had replaced Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state in 1992.
  • Mauritius country is one of the richest and least corrupt countries in Africa. Population of this country is around 1.3 million and per capita GDP of just over US 9,000 dollars.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 3, 2015