Prince Hassan bin Talal (born 20 March 1947 in Amman), is a member of the Jordanian royal family.
Prince Hassan is the third son of King Talal and Queen Zein al-Sharaf, brother of King Hussein and uncle of King Abdullah II.
In 1968, Prince El Hassan married Sarvath Ikramullah, daughter of the politician and diplomat Mohammed Ikramullah, and female politician, diplomat and Urdu author, Begum Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah. Both her parents from prominent Bengali families born in then British India. They first met in London in 1958, when they were both youngsters and have four children together:
Princess Rahma (born 13 August 1969)
Princess Sumaya (born 14 May 1971)
Princess Badiya (born 28 March 1974)
Prince Rashid (born 20 May 1979)
Prince Hassan was educated first in Amman. He then attended Summer Fields School, Oxford, and Harrow School in England, then Christ Church, a college of the University of Oxford, where he graduated BA with Honours in Oriental Studies and later proceeded to MA. Hassan is fluent in Arabic, English, French and German. He has a working knowledge of Turkish and Spanish, and studied Hebrew at university.
In 1965 Hassan was named as Crown Prince of Jordan after the constitution was amended. He was frequently regent during his brother’s absences from the country. During Hussein’s final illness in January 1999, he was replaced by his nephew Abdullah only days before the king died. Abdullah subsequently inherited the throne of Jordan.
In 2009, he joined the project “Soldiers of Peace”, a movie against all wars and for global peace.
On 10 June 2013, he was appointed as the chairman of advisory board on water and sanitation (UNSGAB) by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The following includes some of the organizations that Prince Hassan belongs to and/or founded.
Member of the:
Global Leadership Foundation, an organization which works to support democratic leadership, prevent and resolve conflict through mediation and promote good governance in the form of democratic institutions, open markets, human rights and the rule of law. It does so by making available, discreetly and in confidence, the experience of former leaders to today’s national leaders. It is a not-for-profit organization composed of former heads of government, senior governmental and international organization officials who work closely with Heads of Government on governance-related issues of concern to them.
Chairman the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), June 2013 -.
Advisory Board of the think tank Gold Mercury International, London, UK
board of directors of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Washington, DC (2002)
Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue (FIIRD), University of Geneva, Switzerland
Executive Committee of the International Crisis Group
The International Advisory Board of Forum 2000
Committee of Personalities of Institut Catala De La Mediterrania
Informal Advisory Group to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor
International Board of the Council on Foreign Relations
Board of World Religious Leaders for The Elijah Interfaith Institute
Member of the Advisory Council for Research of the Center for Democracy and Community Development (2010)
In June 2003, following the U.N. General Assembly resolution 56/266, Hassan was elected as one of five regional experts in the Independent Eminent Experts group, appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to implement the Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance that took place in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.
Moderator of the:
World Conference of Religions for Peace
Patron of the:
Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), University of York
The Co-existence of Civilizations
Rights and Humanity
British Institute in Amman
Founder and/or Chairman of the:
Policy Advisory Commission for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (1999–2002)
Co-Chair of the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues
Co-Chair of the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues (ICIHI)
The Higher Council for Science and Technology
Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS)
Foundation for Intercultural and Interfaith Research and Dialogue
Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center
West Asia – North Africa Forum (WANA Forum)
President of the:
Club of Rome 1999–2007
President and Founder of the Arab Thought Forum since 1981
board of directors for the Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at OU
The Parliament of Cultures
Royal Jordanian Polo Club
Co-president of the International Tolerance Foundation for Humanities and Social Studies
Honorary President of the:
Euro-Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development since 2012
Al al-Bayt University in Mafraq
Hashemite Aid and Relief Agency
Islamic Scientific Academy
Triannual Conferences on the History and Archaeology of Jordan
The Amman Baccalaureate School
The Al-Hassan Youth Award
Royal Scientific Society (1970)
Annual Bilad Al-Sham Conference (1978)
Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought (1980)