Explore Dr. Rana Dajani's thought-provoking perspective on redefining success and the pivotal role of organizations such as the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) in promoting transformative initiatives like WeLoveReading.
In our quest for impact, success isn't the sole measure; effort matters, embrace your uniqueness, follow your passion, and be the transformative force of change | Dr. Rana Dajani
Dr. Rana Dajani is one of the world’s leading Muslim women scientists and social entrepreneurs. While her contributions to genetics and molecular biology have earned her international recognition, her legacy extends beyond the confines of the laboratory.
In this episode, we unravel the remarkable life of this inspiring woman who has made an indelible mark on both the scientific and social landscapes. As we navigate through her journey, you'll uncover how Dr. Dajani brings a thoughtful and multicultural perspective to critical topics such as representation in STEM, literacy, redefining success, and the pivotal role of organizations like the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) in supporting transformative initiatives. Her story challenges preconceived notions about women's lives in Arab societies and serves as a shining example of someone who identifies needs and fearlessly pushes the envelope to find locally-based, inclusive solutions. In Dr. Dajani's world, faith, science, empowerment, and gender equality naturally intersect. She often refers to her many roles as "scarves," which are perfectly encapsulated in her book, ‘Five Scarves: Doing the Impossible - If We Can Reverse Cell Fate, Why Can’t We Redefine Success? (Social Issues, Justice and Status)’.
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Dr. Rana is a molecular biologist, social entrepreneur and global thought leader. She is the founder of We Love Reading, a grassroots initiative to create changemakers in underserved communities by fostering a lifelong love of reading. She is also the President of the OWSD Jordan chapter. Dr. Rana has also been recognized as a Fulbright fellow, Eisenhower fellow and Ashoka fellow by joining the list of the 100 most influential Arab Women and receiving the Jacobs social entrepreneur award, Nansen UNHCR refugee award, and the Schwab Social Entrepreneur Award.