In this exclusive interview with Forbes Woman Africa, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius, speaks about her academic efforts studying one of the most biodiverse hotspots on earth.

Her country is celebrating 25 years of being a republic, and by the end of this year, she will be Africa’s only female President.

In 1992, she set up the very first laboratory in Mauritius to look into the anti-infective potential of plants. She traveled to villages, interviewed people on symptoms and the plants they were using, and developed the very first database, as there was no documentation of herbal medicine at the time.

In 2001, she became the first female professor in her country, and by 2011, she abandoned academia for entrepreneurship.

On June 5, 2015, she became President of Mauritius after a landslide victory.

Read the full article at: Forbes Africa