GIS - 5 June 2015: Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, CSK, was sworn in as the sixth President of the Republic of Mauritius this afternoon at the State House, Reduit before the Chief Justice, Mr Keshoe Parsad Matadeen. She was also elevated to the Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean. The Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth and several other eminent personalities were also present for the occasion.
Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was elected President of the Republic yesterday following a motion presented at the National Assembly by Prime Minister.
The name of Dr Gurib-Fakim had been proposed as future President of the Republic in the run-up for the last general elections and the proposal was acclaimed by a large majority of the population.
The new President of the Republic started her career in 1987 as Lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Mauritius. She gradually climbed the ladder to serve successively as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Pro Vice-Chancellor from 2004 to 2010. She was until recently the Managing Director of the Centre for Phytotherapy and Research and Professor of Organic Chemistry with an endowed chair at the University of Mauritius.
Dr Gurib-Fakim has also been serving in different capacity in numerous local, regional and international organisations. She has authored or co-edited 26 books and several book chapters. She has authored numerous scientific articles and lectured extensively across the world within the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
She has been elected Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London in 2007; Fellow of the Islamic Academy of Science, Jordan in 2009; Fellow of the African Science Institute in 2010 and Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences in 2013. She received the 2007 L'Oreal-UNESCO prize for Women in Science and Laureate of the National Economic and Social Council. She is recipient of the African Union Commission Award for 'Women in Science' for the Eastern African Region in 2009.
Dr Gurib-Fakim was elevated to the Order of the Commander of the Star and Key by the Government of Mauritius in 2008 and admitted to the Order of the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Government of France in 2010. In 2013, she received the Honorary DSC (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the prestigious Université Pierre Marie Curie of the Sorbonne, Paris, France. In April 2014, she was elected on the Governing Council of the African Academy of Sciences as the Regional Representative of the East African Region.
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