Eminent scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim sworn-in as first woman president of Mauritius


Eminent scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was sworn in as President of Mauritius. Gurib-Fakim became first woman to become President of Indian Ocean island nation. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is student of the universities of Exeter and Surrey of United Kingdom. She had worked with the World Bank and other international institutions.

Gurib-Fakim is also the chair of organic chemistry at Mauritius University and she is internationally renowned biodiversity scientist and biologist.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim also had served as the Managing Director of Centre International de Dveloppement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research & Innovation.

Ameenah has received several accolades and honours awards –

  • Laureate for the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award for Africa in 2007
  • African Union Award for ‘Women in Science’ for the Easter African Region in 2009 etc.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 10, 2015