Message from CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator Rasha Kelej, on being named among the ‘50 most Influential Women Egypt 2020’


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I am honored to be featured among 50 most Influential Women Egypt 2020. After my recognition as the African Woman of the year 2020 and one of most Influential Africans 2019, 2020. Being recognized as an influential woman comes with responsibilities and I am committed to my mission of empowering other women and improve access to equitable and quality healthcare in my beautiful continent Africa and in developing countries.


I am very honored to be appointed by The President of Egypt, H.E. Adbel Fattah Al-Sisi, as a member of Egyptian Senate (2020-2025) to help in strengthening collaboration and partnership between Egypt and the rest of Africa with the aim to continue our contribution to the social, economic and health development of our beautiful continent.

Thank you for all these recognitions. It is my turn to empower other women in my beautiful continent.


Kind regards,
Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej
CEO of Merck Foundation
Member of Egyptian Senate (2020- 2025)
One of the 100 Most Influential African (2019, 2020)
African Woman of the Year 2020
President of Merck More than a Mother

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