Queen of Jordan
Hijri 1370–Present (AH); Common Era 1951–Present (CE)
Queen Noor is a dowager Queen whose philanthropic work is global in scope. She works with various non-profits and organizations on a wide range of topics from refugee issues to environmental protection to international women’s rights issues. Born Lisa Najeeb Halaby, she graduated from Princeton University with a degree in architecture and urban planning. She began her career working on international urban planning projects in the United States, Middle East and Australia. She met King Hussein of Jordan while she was working on developing the Amman Airport. She converted to Islam and married King Hussein in 1978, whereupon her name became “Noor al-Hussein,” or “Light of Hussein.” They had four children together. Queen Noor is currently the president of the United World of Colleges, an organization that promotes cross-cultural understanding through education. She is a board member of Refugees International and a trustee of the Aspen Institute, among others. Queen Noor is also involved with Seeds of Peace, a non-profit that works with youth from conflict areas to encourage coexistence and peace. Queen Noor’s work in Jordan includes the Noor Al-Hussein Foundation (NHF), which she chairs. NHF focuses on supporting economic development initiatives, including micro-finance and health programs.