Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is president of the island of Mauritius. As a biodiversity scientist, she explores the medical and nutritional secrets of her home.

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In June 2015, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became the first female president of Mauritius. She's been honored as one of Foreign Policy's 2015 Global Thinkers and is moving to create opportunity and growth for her island home. Gurib-Fakim has been, prior to joining the State House, the Managing Director of the Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and Innovation as well as professor of organic chemistry with an endowed chair at the University of Mauritius.

Gurib-Fakim has long been a leading scientist studying the flora of Mauritius, one of the world's key biodiversity hotspots. As the managing director of the Centre for Phytotherapy Research (Cephyr) and a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Mauritius, she analyzed plants from the island and their health, nutritional and cosmetic applications.

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Field Work: A sneak peek of session 4 at TEDGlobal 2014

October 8, 2014

The speakers in this session can’t be contained in a cubicle or desk chair. These bold thinkers — from an activist surfacing human rights on video to a scientist uncovering the biodiversity of her island nation — do their work out in the world, surfacing fresh insights as they go. The speakers who’ll appear in this session: […]

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