1983, BSc in Chemistry, University of Surrey, UK; 1987, PhD, University of Exeter. 1987, joined the University of Mauritius; Professor of Organic Chemistry. 1995-97, Manager, Research, Mauritius Research Council. 2001-04, Dean, Faculty of Science, and 2004-10, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Mauritius. Former Managing Director, Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and Innovation. Since June 2015, President of the Republic of Mauritius. Has participated in several consultation meetings on environmental issues organized by international organizations, such as the World Bank, SIDA, CIDA, EU, UN. Former Chairperson, Regional Office for Africa, International Council for Scientific Union. Former Independent Director, Barclays Bank of Mauritius. Founding Member, Pan African Association of African Medicinal Plants. Member, editorial boards of major journals and technical committees in various capacities, including as chair of several national committees, Mauritius. Co-Author, first ever African Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Authored and/or co-edited 28 books and several book chapters and scientific articles in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Has lectured extensively worldwide. Fellow: Linnaen Society of London; Islamic Academy of Science, Jordan; African Science Institute; African Academy of Sciences. Recipient of numerous awards and honours.