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Friday, October 23, 2015

Planet Earth Institute gets new VC, Trustee

The President of Mauritius, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has been appointed Vice Chairman and Trustee, Planet Earth Institute (PEI), an international NGO and charity working for the ‘scientific independence of Africa,’ NaijaAgroNet reports.

She will host the official launch of the PEI on an event at the State House on November 23, 2015 along with Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, the PEI’s founding Chairman, and the full Board of Trustees.

NaijaAgroNet  learnt that as Vice Chairman and Trustee of the PEI, Dr. Gurib-Fakim will work alongside fellow Board Members, Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, the prominent Angolan philanthropist and businessman, Rt Hon Lord Boateng, a member of the UK House of Lords, Prof. Sir Christopher Edwards, the distinguished academic, and Prof. Sir MagdiYacoub, the pioneering cardio-thoracic surgeon.

The PEI’s expansion to Mauritius will build upon its international work to support African science, technology and innovation, as well as develop a number of locally focused initiatives to be announced in early 2016.

Gurib-Fakim, NaijaAgroNet reports, became President of the Republic of Mauritius in June 2015, following a highly distinguished career as a scientist and businesswoman, including a role as Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Mauritius. In recognition of her significant contributions to scientific research, she was awarded L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science in 2007, report NaijaAgroNet.

The PEI’s launch on November 23will be an exclusive, high-level meeting for a range of key stakeholders including African government ministries, international institutions, private businesses, local and pan-African universities, and civil society.

The private launch will be followed by an expert policy round-table focusing on ‘Mauritius and Africa’s scientific independence: the role of business.’
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