Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah is an international human rights advocate whose work focuses on education, cross-cultural dialogue, entrepreneurship, and finding innovative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. The wife of His Majesty King Abdullah II and mother of four works hard to improve the lives of Jordanians by supporting efforts to create opportunities for their advancement.
Locally, she is committed to enhancing the public education system; empowering women and their communities; improving child and family protection services; and driving innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship through society, especially amongst women and youth.
Internationally, Queen Rania is an advocate for tolerance, compassion, and promoting empathy between people of all cultures. She is a champion of refugee rights around the world, consistently highlighting the needs and aspirations of one of the world’s most vulnerable populations, and showcasing their plight through visits to refugee camps in Jordan, Greece, and Bangladesh.
Furthermore, her efforts to challenge stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims, and promote greater understanding and acceptance between people of all faiths and cultures, have won her global recognition.
Queen Rania serves as chair of the Jordan River Foundation (JRF), a non-profit, non-governmental organization that aims to help Jordanians realize their full economic potential and overcome social challenges.
Since its establishment in 1995, JRF has launched numerous socio-economic projects for local and refugee women, granting them year-round technical and entrepreneurial training and providing employment opportunities to enhance their livelihoods.
Her Majesty’s passion is education. She believes that every child should have access not only to stimulating learning environments, but also inspiring teachers and technology.
Alongside her local and regional efforts to drive innovation in education through the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF), Her Majesty is also a global voice for access to quality education for children everywhere. In 2009, Her Majesty championed the 1 Goal campaign for education; she also served as a Global Honorary Chair of the UN Girl’s Education Initiative.
Queen Rania is a member of the United Nations Foundations Board of Directors, theWorld Economic Forum’s Board of Trustees, and the International Rescue Committee’s Board of Overseers. She is UNICEF’s first Eminent Advocate for Children; and she was on the UN-appointed High-Level Panel that advised on the shape and content of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In recognition of her work, Her Majesty has received many global and regional awards. These include the Foreign Press Association’s Humanitarian Award; the World Childhood Award; the Atlantic Council Global Citizen Award; the Vital Voices Global Trailblazer Award; the Arab Social Media Influencers Summit’s Influential Personality of the Year Award; as well as the YouTube Visionary Award.