The Global Energy Parliament’s “Global Best Award for Protection of Natural Wealth” to Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius

 

The Global Energy Parliament is pleased to announce that its Global Best Award for Protection of Natural Wealth goes to Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, GCSK., CSK., PhD., DSc., President of the Republic of Mauritius. 

An international jury unanimously selected Her Excellency as the winner, in recognition of her efforts to protect the natural wealth of the world through scientific and technological advancements.

Her Excellency is the first female president of Mauritius. She has been called Africa’s eco-warrior and is moving to create opportunity and growth for her island home. Prior to joining the State House, Her Excellency was 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.

She has long been a leading biodiversity scientist studying and validating the flora of Mauritius, one of the world's key biodiversity hotspots. “My island nation of 1.3 million people lies in the Indian Ocean about 1,100 kilometres east of Madaga­scar. I was elected by parliament in 2015, and am charged with upholding Mauritians’ fundamental rights and helping our institutions. I believe key to both tasks is our unique biodiversity,” she wrote in Nature magazine.

She has authored and/or co-edited 28 books and several book chapters and scientific articles in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

The Global Energy Parliament congratulates Her Excellency on the Award.

ABOUT THE AWARD

The GEP offers the Global Best Award in honour of the global best individual, institution, or movement, in a particular thematic area.

The Global Best Award is the highest honour offered by the Global Energy Parliament. It is selected by an international jury headed by Dr. C.V. Ananda Bose (Former Secretary to the Government of India).

World celebrities in the thematic area of the GEP are the chosen recipients of this Award. In 2016, the Award was given to His Excellency Sir James Mancham, KBE, the Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles, by the Hon. Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in Colombo, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to global peace.

The Global Energy Parliament (GEP) is an international body of citizens committed to a self-sustaining, peaceful and happy existence for human beings and the universe. GEP was founded by His Holiness Jagadguru Swami Isa, head of the Isa Viswa Prajnana Trust (IVPT), an international organization holding Consultative Status to the United Nations ECOSOC. 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Ameenah Gurib FakimAmeenah 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. Since 2001, she has served successively as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Pro Vice Chancellor (2004- 2010). She has also worked at the Mauritius Research Council as Manager for Research (1995-1997). 

Ms Gurib-Fakim earned a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Surrey (1983) and a PhD from the University of Exeter, UK (1987). During her academic journey, she has participated in several consultation meetings on environmental issues organized by international organizations. Between 2011-2013, she was elected and served as Chairperson of the International Council for Scientific Union – Regional Office for Africa, and served as an Independent Director on the Board of Barclays Bank of Mauritius Ltd between (2012-2015).
 
As a Founding Member of the Pan African Association of African Medicinal Plants, she co-authored the first ever African Herbal Pharmacopoeia. She has authored and co-edited 28 books, several book chapters and scientific articles in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. She has lectured extensively across the world; is a Member of the Editorial Boards of major journals, has served on Technical and national committees in various capacities. Elevated to the Order of the Commander of the Star and Key by the Government of Mauritius in 2008, she has been admitted to the Order of the Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the Government of France in 2010 and is the recipient of 4 DSc (s).
 
Elected Fellow of several academies and societies, Ms Gurib-Fakim received several international prizes including the 2007 l’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, the African Union Commission Award for Women in Science, 2009.
 
On 05 June 2015, she was sworn in as the 6th President and the First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius. She was elevated to the Order of GCSK by the Government of Mauritius, admitted to the Order of Francois 1er des Deux Siciles by Prince Charles of Bourbon and received the ‚ÄčLegion d’Honneur from the Government of France in 2016. In 2017, she received both the lifelong achievement award of the United States Pharmacopoeia-CePat Award and the American Botanical Council Norman Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award. In 2018, she received the Order of St George at the Semperopernball, Dresden, Germany and the Global Energy Parliament Award, State of Kerala, India.
 
In June 2016, she was in the Forbes List for the 100 ‘Most Powerful women in the world’ and 1st among the Top 100 Women in Africa Forbes List 2017. She is honoured as one of Foreign Policy’s 2015 Global Thinkers.‚Äč
 
Learn more at: http://president.govmu.org/

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