Her Excellency Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has served as the 6th and First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius (2015-2018).
Prior to that, she was the Managing Director of the Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP R & I), Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Mauritius. Since 2001, she has served successively as Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor (2004-2010).
Ameenah authored and co-edited 30 books, book chapters, and scientific articles. She received international prizes, including the 2007 l’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science and the African Union Commission Award for Women in Science, 2009. In 2021, she was appointed as a Distinguished Professor at the John Wesley School of Leadership, Carolina University, USA. In June 2016, she was on the Forbes List for the 100 ‘Most Powerful Women in the World’ and 1st among the Top 100 Women in Africa Forbes List 2017 and 2019. She is honored as one of Foreign Policy’s 2015 Global Thinkers and is the recipient of 6 honorary doctorate.