In Memory of Dr. Rohani Hashim

On Saturday, October 24th, the world and the Global Innovation Family lost an outstanding woman. No one shaped the spirit of the Global Innovation Family more than the “Mother of WAITRO” Dr. Rohani Binti Hashim.

Our thoughts are with her beloved ones.

Dr. Rohani was an exceptional woman. She gained her PhD in Chemistry at King’s College in London. Until today, women are underrepresented in science. It is female leaders like Dr. Rohani, who set an example and pave the way for many women to follow.

Dr. Rohani served WAITRO as the Secretary General from 2007 until 2018 shaping and impacting the Association in a way that only few did. She would challenge the Association to help it grow and always go one step further. She did not only strive to lead WAITRO forward, she saw a holistic picture and added a special focus on matters truly dear to her heart: poverty alleviation and women empowerment.

Dr. Rohani lived the Global Innovation Family. She made everyone feel at home and immediately part of this colorful family that she helped to build. She would lend an open ear and open heart to everyone who needed it. 

Rohani, we want to thank you for your service to WAITRO. But more so, we want to thank you for everything you did for every single individual within the Global Innovation Family. We are grateful for having had the chance to work alongside you and learn from you. 

They say that life goes on, and it does. But two things will surely last. The marks you left in our hearts and your legacy as former Secretary General of WAITRO.

You will be greatly missed. 

ʾinnā li-llāhi wa-ʾinna ʾilayhi rājiʿūn