Known for his work at the University of Mauritius on the use of medicinal plants, the scientist believes that his election shows that the Mauritian expertise in research is recognized.
"This is a very promising niche. Now when you leave the academic world to go to the center for research and development, this is where we see the creation of wealth and job creation. I think that's where the shoe pinches in Mauritius because we do not have enough research to translate into development, "she said on Radio Plus on Monday March 18.
Professor Gurib-Fakim is an accomplished scientist. She was in turn first lecturer with a PhD at the University of Mauritius, Professor, first woman dean of the Faculty of Science and the first Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius. She has written several books on medicinal plants.