Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud made Saudi ambassador to US through a royal degree. She has made history as she became the first ever female ambassador ever appointed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This appointment seems as a part of young Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s efforts to give Saudi women opportunities to strive in every field. The crown prince has already broken many taboos regarding women rights.
She will replace the outgoing ambassador in America Prince Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of crown prince. He has been appointed as the deputy defense minister of the Kingdom.
She is the daughter of long time Saudi ambassador to US and one of the most influential prince Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud who led the Saudi Embassy in Washington from 1983 to 2005. After that, he was appointed the head of the intelligence agency of the kingdom and combined the post of chief of intelligence with the post of head of the country’s National Security Council.She spent lot of time with her father in US and knows the US political and state structure very well.
She is the leading entrepreneur and philanthropist. Prior to her appointment, she was vice president of women’s affairs at the General Sports Authority (GSA), a position she held since 2016. She was also named president of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports in 2017 and appointed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in August 2018.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in museum studies from George Washington University. When she returned to Saudi Arabia in 2005, she assumed CEO positions for Al Hama LLC and Alfa International.
She launched her own handbag brand, Baraboux, in 2013. She also founded the private equity fund Reemiyah and co-founded Yibreen, a women’s day spa.
Princess Reema is one of the founding members of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association in Riyadh. She is also a member of The World Bank’s Advisory Council for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative.
She has long advocated a greater participation of women in the workforce. She vocally defended the liberal reforms undertaken by crown prince and called it evolution of women rights not as Westernisation some like to call it. Princes Reema also campaigned against the domestic violence and social segregation of women.
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17 November, 2019