Raja Amasheh is not a big woman but her slight figure hides a will of iron. Her inner strength has made this Partner & Product Care Manager a success, not just within the Roche environment.
Flyweight who packs a powerful punch
Raja Amasheh is not a big woman but her slight figure hides a will of iron. Her inner strength has made this Partner & Product Care Manager a success, not just within the Roche environment. In 2013, just as a sideline, she also became professional boxing world champion in the super flyweight division. To be more precise, she is recognized as "World Champion" by the World Boxing Federation.
„My colleagues shouldn't be afraid of me - at least no more than before“", Raja Amasheh says jokingly. Nobody within her work environment was particularly surprised by her sensational sporting achievement. The 31-year old casually ticks off another of her self-imposed goals: „Actually, it was pure chance that I ended up fighting. But when I did, I wanted to be world champion.“
Pride at the launch of DiaPort
Even though Raja Amasheh has now reached the summit of professional boxing, she has never considered giving up her job for a life in boxing. „I love my work and I love the challenges. If I wasn't working, all my studies would have been for nothing.“ Amasheh studied business economics in Austria and Frankfurt, focusing on Supply Chain Management. All the time she was studying she was also holding down a job, always looking to challenge herself and accepting the responsibility of her dual existence. She first arrived in Mannheim in 2008 to work as an external consultant and since 2012 she has been working directly at Roche. As project manager, she oversaw the market introduction of the second generation of insulin pumps, Accu-Chek DiaPort, a fact of which she is visibly proud. „We were under severe pressure, but we pulled it off.“ This dynamic lady feels at home at Roche, loves the challenges that constant change in the organization brings, and enjoys the close relationship with her colleagues and customers.
Hard work wins out
Before finding success in the boxing ring, the Jordanian-born fighter was a successful kickboxer. After scooping the world title in 2008, she took up boxing. „I had fought every suitable opponent between 48 and 54 kg at national and international level. In boxing, I found a new challenge and I also realized that this sport suited me better.“ She now fights to full auditoriums and her fast hands have even attracted the notice of television audiences.
Raja Amasheh uses every free minute she has to prepare for her fights as even the greatest talent is useless without the necessary intensive training. The alarm clock goes off at 5, she trains from 6, goes to work, and then trains again. She spends 3 hours a day, 6 days a week, preparing for her fights. It all ends with two lightweight women facing each other in the ring, exchanging punches and fighting to win. Discipline and fitness are decisive to the outcome: „The hardest worker wins - just like in life.“