Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, PhD

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, PhD


Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, is an internationally acclaimed biodiversity scientist and former president of Mauritius with a distinguished career in research and leadership. Prior to her presidential role, she founded and managed CIDP Research and Innovation, focusing on the medicinal and nutritional properties of plants in Mauritius, a global biodiversity hotspot. Dr. Gurib-Fakim, also a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Mauritius, has authored 28 books and numerous articles, emphasizing her commitment to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

In addition to her influential role in academia, she founded the Pan African Association of African Medicinal Plants, contributing to the first African Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Dr. Gurib-Fakim's expertise extends globally, consulting with organizations like the World Bank, UN, EU, and CIDA on environmental issues and biodiversity importance.

Appointed as the first female president of Mauritius in 2015, she received prestigious honors, including the Order of GCSK and Legion d’Honneur. As a recognized global thinker and one of Forbes' 'Most Powerful Women in the World,' she also topped the Forbes List of Top 100 Women in Africa in 2017.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is a passionate advocate for women in STEM and currently focuses on raising awareness about global warming. Collaborating with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she pioneers PhD research grants, with plans to extend the program to 10,000 scientists across Africa. Her dedication to advancing science and technology investment in Mauritius and beyond underscores her commitment to a sustainable future.