Goolam Mohamedbhai is the former Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities and formerly was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius. He obtained his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in civil engineering from the University of Manchester in the UK and did his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, under a Fulbright-Hays award.
He has been president of the International Association of Universities and has also chaired several other university associations, including the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the University of the Indian Ocean. He also was chair of the Africa Regional Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge. He is the recipient of several awards, the most recent being the Symons Award 2009 from the Association of Commonwealth Universities for outstanding contribution to the association and to Commonwealth universities.