Q&A: Break Vicious Cycle That Deters Girls in Science

Published April 18, 2022

              By Edwin Naidu

              Internationally acclaimed African scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim served as the first female president of Mauritius from 2015 to 2018.

              Before venturing into politics, she enjoyed a distinguished career in higher education, including as pro-vice-chancellor at the University of Mauritius from 2004 to 2010.

              She has won several awards such as the 2007 L’Oréal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, the African Union Commission Award for Women in Science in 2009, and six honorary doctorates.

              Gurib-Fakim talks to SciDev.Net about her life as a scientist, and what influenced her academic and political careers.