Princess Sumaya bint Hassan
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Princess Sumaya bint Hassan
14 May 1971 |
Zein Al-Sharaf Judeh
|House||Hashemite (by birth)|
|Father||Prince Hassan bin Talal|
|Jordanian royal family|
Sumaya bint Hassan (born 14 May 1971) is a princess of Jordan.
Sumaya is the second daughter of Prince Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath al-Hassan. She was born in Amman on 14 May 1971 and received her primary education in Jordan. She later attended Sherborne School for Girls in Dorset, England. She went on to graduate from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London.
Marriage and children
Princess Sumaya was married to Nasser Judeh (born 1960), the son of Sami Judeh, a former Cabinet Minister. They divorced in 2007. Nasser Judeh was the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2015 to 2017. They have four children:
- Tariq and Zein Al-Sharaf Judeh (born 1994)
- Ali Judeh (born 1996)
- Sukayna Judeh (born 1998)
Sumaya chairs the Board of Trustees of the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), founded in 1991.
In October 2006 she was appointed President of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) by her father. She had previously sat on the Board of Trustees of the RSS, Jordan’s leading applied research institute. She also sits as Deputy-Chair of the Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST), a government body that advises the State on public policy issues relating to science and technology.
Sumaya founded El Hassan Science City (EHSC), which was inaugurated by King Abdullah II on 17 April 2007.
She has taken the Directorship and Chairmanship of the National Campaign for Public Awareness of the Drivers of Change, a two-year project launched by the king in May 2010, as an initiative of EHSC.
In August 2011, she was invited by the Director General of UNESCO to join her High Panel on Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development, while in November 2011, she was elected President of the ESCWA Technology Centre which has its regional base in Amman.
Sumaya received local, regional, and international awards relating to the promotion of science, research, and technology, including The Albert Einstein Medal for Distinguished Achievement (University of Ulm, Germany, 2009), and The Lazio ‘Between Europe and the Mediterranean’ Prize (Italy, 2009). In October 2008 she was invited to become a permanent Council Member of the Science & Technology in Society Forum (STS) Japan. In 2006 she was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Jordan (Wisam al-Kawkab al-Urdani) by King Abdullah II. Sumaya also received the Order of the Crown from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and awards from the governments of France and Sudan.
Sumaya sits on the Board of Directors of the Amman Baccalaureate School, which she joined in 2005. In 2009 she became a member of the Jordan Council of Higher Education.
She is involved with the work of the British Institute in Amman and the Council for British Research in the Levant. She is Patron of the Wadi Faynan project, an archaeological excavation in southern Jordan, and has worked with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on several projects relating to the conservation and development of archaeological sites in Jordan. Later, under the direction of Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, Sumaya became Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jordan National Museum, overseeing the development of Jordan’s first national museum.
Sumaya is the Honorary Patron of the Jordan Computer Society and of several charitable organizations. She also presides over the Jordan Handball Federation and is a member of the International Handball Federation.