Message from Leadership Team


Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp
Chairman of both Executive Board of E.Merck KG
and Merck Foundation Board of Trustees

We at Merck, the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company, know that acting responsibly is key for long-time entrepreneurial success. Therefore, we do a lot for the communities in which we operate in.

I strongly believe that it is crucial to have a real economic transformation with a social dimension that will ensure not only all basic needs but quality of life for everyone. This can never be achieved except with capacity building and the empowerment of women and youth.

The size and complexity of the task is so large that no single organization can manage on its own, so integration of effort is necessary to realize our vision for a world where everyone can lead healthy and fulfilling lives. The private sector has an important role as partner with governments, academia and communities; it is time to take an action now.

Therefore, we will consolidate many of our centrally driven corporate responsibility activities under one single roof: the Merck Foundation. This new philanthropic organization will allow us to considerably expand the scope, reach and effectiveness of our projects. It puts us in a better position to address some of the most pressing health, social and economic challenges of the 21st century.

We strongly believe that together we can make a significant contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals. With Merck Foundation, our long term commitment to the communities in which we operate will remain strong and consistent as it was throughout generations.


Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej
Chief Executive Officer of Merck Foundation
Member of the Egyptian Senate (2020- 2025)
One of the 100 Most Influential Africans (2019, 2020)
African Woman of the Year 2020
President of Merck More Than a Mother
President of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Committee

It is extremely gratifying to be the CEO of Merck Foundation and work together with all of you to realize our vision of a world where everyone can lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Through this Foundation, we will continue to execute many impactful programs and will considerably expand its scope to address health, social and economic challenges of the 21st century.

With the Merck Foundation, we continue our commitment towards improving access to innovative healthcare solutions in developing countries and underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research & media capacity, empowering women and youth in education with a special focus on STEM and advancing people’s lives through science and technology.

Merck Foundation together with its partners touch people’s lives and make a difference every day.