A Conversation with HRH Princess Reema Bandar al-Saud
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Join WorldDenver as we host Her Royal Highness Princess Reema, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States, for a candid discussion about recent events, women's rights, and the shifting dynamics in energy and oil dependence within the context of United States-Saudi Arabia relations. Susan Sloan, a diplomacy professional and author of the Amazon #1 New Release A Seat at the Table: Women, Diplomacy, and Lessons for the World will moderate this timely discussion.
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About Our Speaker
Her Royal Highness Princess Reema Bandar al-Saud
Ambassador to the United States
Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was appointed Ambassador to the United States on February 23, 2019 by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. She is the first woman in the country’s history to serve in the role of Ambassador. She presented her credentials to President Donald Trump on July 8, 2019.
From 1983 to 2005, Princess Reema lived in Washington, DC, while her father Prince Bandar served as Saudi Ambassador to the United States. She attended George Washington University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Museum Studies.
Princess Reema returned to Saudi Arabia, where she focused on private sector initiatives and the empowerment of women in the Kingdom. In 2000, She co-founded Yibreen, a women’s gym. From 2007 until 2015, Princess Reema was the Chief Executive Officer of Alfa International Company Limited - Harvey Nichols Riyadh, a multi-brand luxury retail company, where she collaborated with leading female recruitment agency, Glowork, and commissioned a study on Obstacles for Women in the Workplace, which set the tone for female inclusion in retail, and resulted in opening the first workplace nursery in a retail store, enabling more women to work while caring for children. In 2013, she founded Alf Khair, a social enterprise aimed at elevating the professional capital of Saudi women through a curriculum developed to enable financial self-sufficiency.
In 2016, Princess Reema left the private sector to begin a career of public service as Vice President of Women’s Affairs at the Saudi General Sports Authority where she developed policies and programs that benefited women and children throughout Saudi Arabia. After a successful year, she was promoted to Deputy of Development and Planning in January 2018. In October 2018, she was also appointed President of the Mass Participation Federation, making her the first woman to lead a multi-sports federation in the Kingdom, a role that she occupied until her appointment as Saudi Ambassador to the United States.
Princess Reema is excited to take her leadership role to the world stage as Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States.
As part of her philanthropic work, Princess Reema became a founding member of the Zahra Breast Cancer Awareness Association in 2007, which set a Guinness World Record by forming the World's Largest Human Awareness Ribbon at the Princess Noura University in Riyadh in 2015.
Princess Reema has served as a member of the World Bank’s advisory council for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative since 2017. She has been a member of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee since 2017, and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Women in Sports Commission since 2018.
In 2014, Fast Company recognized Princess Reema as the Most Creative Person of the year for “Inviting Women into the Workforce.” Foreign Policy Magazine recognized her as a Leading Global Thinker for the same year, placing her high up in the “Moguls” category.
She was featured on the Forbes lists of the 200 Most Powerful Arab Women and Most Powerful Arab Women in Saudi Arabia lists for 2014.
About Our Moderator
Susan Sloan is the author of A Seat at the Table: Women, Diplomacy, and Lessons for the World. She works for a global nonprofit advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. engaging with diplomats, government officials, community organizers, and international leaders. She has met with more than 60 countries through diplomacy, advocacy, and experiential education. At the age of 30, she completed a life goal of visiting all seven continents. Susan holds a master's degree in Global Strategic Communications from Georgetown University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Journalism with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish from the University of Georgia. When she's not writing, you can find her cooking something delicious, tending to her urban garden, or grooving to the Spotify playlist inspired by the book. Connect with Susan at susansloan.com.
See below for additional articles and information on Princess Reema and current affairs in Saudi Arabia
- U.S. imposes sanctions, visa bans on Saudis for journalist Khashoggi's killing
- White House defends decision not to punish Saudi crown prince, says U.S. does not sanction foreign leaders
- Saudi Arabia’s Princess Reema On Why Gender Equality Must Be A Global Priority
- Princess Reema bint Bandar Is The First Saudi Woman To Be Appointed To The International Olympics Committee
- Saudi Arabia: Proposed Reforms Neglect Basic Rights
- Nine inspiring Saudi women who have made an impact on the world
- Keynote Address by Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud [2020 Arab-US Policymakers Conference]
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