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Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan. 

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Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, a great international stateswoman, has won the hearts of our nation and the world.  Born Lisa Najeeb on August 23, 1951, to a distinguished Arab-American family, she attended schools in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York City and Concord Academy in Massachusetts, before entering Princeton University in its first co-educational freshman class.

After receiving a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University in 1974, Queen Noor participated in several international urban planning and design projects in Australia, Iran, the United States and Jordan.  In 1976, she traveled throughout the Arab world to research aviation training facilities for the preparation of a master plan for an Arab Air University to be established in Jordan.  Subsequently, she joined the ‘Royal Jordanian’ airline as Director of Planning and Design Projects.

Her extraordinary life with her husband, the late King Hussein, began with their marriage in 1978.  Throughout the following 21 years, this charismatic and articulate Queen became a leading voice for her country and played a major role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Middle Eastern politics, Arab-Western relations and current global issues throughout the world.

In 1979, Queen Noor chaired the National Committee for the International Year of the Child and actively launched a national immunization campaign, children’s parks and literature programs and an initiative to establish Jordan’s first children’s hospital.  Also that year, the Queen established the Royal Endowment for the Culture and Education (RECE), which conducted the first development research on the country’s specific manpower needs.  The RECE provides scholarships for students, with special emphasis on outstanding women, to pursue their graduate studies in fields vital to Jordan’s future development.

The King Hussein Foundation, chaired by Queen Noor, was established by Royal Decree in 1999.  The Foundation is a national and international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to giving meaningful expression to the late King’s humanitarian vision and legacy with emphasis on democracy and peace, education and leadership, environment and health.


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