Meet Dr. Rasha Kelej, The Chief Social Officer at Merck Healthcare

Dr Rasha

Dr Rasha

Dr. Rasha Kelej has been appointed as the Chief Social Officer (CSO). Currently serving as the Global Vice President of Merck Healthcare, Dr. Rasha is also a member of Human Resources Science and Technology Cluster of African Union (ECOSOCC)

A pharmacist, a speaker, and woman-activist, Dr Rasha has gained international recognition through hard work and received many awards for women leadership excellence and for her contribution to women empowerment.

She hails from Egypt and enrolled at the Alexandria University with a B.Sc. Ph. Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (1989-1994). MBA from Robert Gordon University, U.K.  on “Corporate Social Responsibility – CSR integration with business strategy”.

With 22 years’ experience in International pharma industry specialized in biotechnology field, Dr Rasha  has spent over the past four years creating and achieving the following:

  1. Merck More Than A Mother aims at eradicating stigmatization on infertile women, empowering them to live better lives.

Merck More Than A Patient aims to uplift women cancer survivors to reclaim their lives and become active contributors to the economy. Merck African Oncology with the aim to increase the limited number of oncologists in Africa and hence improve access to cancer care.

2. Merck Capacity Advancement Program to improve access to innovative healthcare solutions and to build healthcare and life science research capacity focusing on NCDs such as Diabetes, Hypertension, fertility and Oncology, and

3. UNESCO Merck Africa Research Summit to empower Youth and Women in Research and build research capacity in Africa.

Dr Rasha has received many awards to recognize her contribution towards empowering African women in the field of Research and Healthcare and empowering underprivileged women who lived with infertility and women cancer survivors.

Rasha strives daily to impact excellence in healthcare contribution to humanity; she serves on the board of several organizations and social initiatives.

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