Rana Dajani

Molecular Biologist and 12 among 100 most influential Arab women

Rana Dajani

Molecular Biologist and 12 among 100 most influential Arab women


Molecular Biologist and 12 among 100 most influential Arab women

Rana Dajani Ph.D. molecular cell biology, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter, Eisenhower fellow, Associate Professor, former center of studies director, Hashemite University, Jordan, Yale and Cambridge visiting professor. World expert on genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations in Jordan. Established stem cell research ethics law in Jordan. Advocate for biological evolution and Islam, speaker at McGill University and MIT. Jordan team leader in studying refugee youth with Yale University and the epigenetics of trauma across generations. Higher education reform expert, member UN women Jordan advisory council. Writer in Science and Nature, Established a women mentor network, received PEER award 2014. Organized the first gender summit for the Arab world 2017. Most influential women scientists in Islamic World, 12 among100 most influential Arab women 2015, women in science hall of fame 2015, King Hussein Cancer Institute for cancer and biotechnology award 2009 and 2016 Global Changemaker Award IIE/Fulbright. Higher Education Reform Expert EU-TEMPUS, Jordan, founder service learning center, Hashemite University, speaker at TEDxDeadsea, World Islamic Economic Forum 2012 and World Science Forum 2015. Developed a community-based model “We love reading” to encourage children to read for pleasure received Synergos Arab world social innovators 2009, WISE Award 2014, King Hussein Medal of Honor 2014, Star Award 2015, IDEO.org best refugee education program 2015, UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017.



A generation that sees what everyone sees but thinks what no one has thought

The youth situation in Turkey and the region requires special attention.

The challenges we are facing are opportunities in disguise.

Youth in the region are educated, well connected, very aware and full of energy.

This new generation is a huge opportunity to create change…

I will share models and programs both formal and non formal for different ages groups that will foster entrepreneurship, agency and ownership, harnessing the huge potential present in our youth to create a generation of changemakers who will make a difference.

All session by Rana Dajani

Panel II: “Transition to Innovation”

09:30 - 11:00
Conference Hall