Ameenah Gurib-Fakim graduated from the University of Surrey in 1983 with a BSc in Chemistry then with a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Exeter in the UK in 1987. She joined the University of Mauritius as a lecturer in 1987 and now she holds a personal chair in Organic chemistry. She also worked at the Mauritius Research Council in Mauritius as Manager for Research and Development and has been Dean of the Faculty of Science and is presently the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the UoM.
In the course of her career, she ran many projects funded by international agencies such as the UN, European Union, Canadian International Development Agency amongst others. She has participated in the recent Agricultural assessment spearheaded by the World Bank. She is Advisor to the International Foundation for Science in Sweden and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of IPICS, Uppsala Univ., Sweden; member of the Expert Panel of the Special Programme of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO on ‘Infectious diseases’. She is also the founding member and Chairperson of the African Association of Medicinal Plants Standards (AAMPS) and is co-editing the first African Pharmacopeia slated for 2010.
Elected Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London and of the World Islamic Academy of Science in Jordan, she won the l’Oreal-Unesco Prize for Women in Science for Africa in 2007, the National Economic and Social Council Prize for Mauritius in 2007 as well as the Special Prize of the CTA/NEPAD/AGRA/RUFORUM for ‘African Women in Science’ April 09 and the African Union Award for ‘Women in Science’ for the Eastern African Region in September 2009.
She has been elevated to the Order of the Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean by the Government of Mauritius in 2008 and to the Order of the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques’ by the Government of France in 2009.
Prof. Gurib-Fakim was elected as a Fellow of the IAS in 2009.