Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is the first female president of the Republic of Mauritius. H.E. Gurib-Fakim began her career as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Mauritius. She served as the Dean of the faculty of Science and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Mauritius from 2004-2010. H.E. Gurib-Fakim received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Exeter, UK and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 1989, she was awarded the C.Chem award by the Royal Society of Chemistry in recognition of her skills and contribution to the field of chemistry. H.E. Gurib-Fakim has written and co-edited 26 books and numerous articles in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. H.E. Gurib-Fakim also served as the Managing Director of the Centre for Phototherapy and Research and the Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Mauritius.