HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

This article was previously published in the special edition, ALUMNAE (December 2018).

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HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan was educated in Amman, Jordan and in the UK. She graduated from The Courtauld with a BA specialising in early Islamic art and architecture and their relationships with other cultures. Though an art historian by training, Princess Sumaya has developed a prominent career in the promotion of science, technology and cultural heritage in Jordan and beyond.

Her career today reflects her passion for art and her belief in the potential of creative science and technology to improve lives. She is Vice-Chair of the Jordan Museum, which she helped to found and now directs and oversees, and has been President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan since 2006. Among many other achievements, Princess Sumaya is Deputy-Chair of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, a body which advises the Jordanian Government on public policy issues relating to science and technology. She is also President of the Jordan chapter of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). She is a leading advocate for science and research in the wider Arab World, and for cultural appreciation of the creative potential of science. She is an enthusiastic promoter of science in education and sustainable development and utilises her various platforms to promote projects for the benefit of all sections of society. Her founding of the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) and the Queen Rania Centre for Entrepreneurship demonstrates a commitment to maximising the