Member, IIE Board of Trustees
Chairperson, Board of Trustees, King Hussein Cancer Foundation
After graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, HRH Princess Ghida Talal pursued a career in journalism in London. In 1991, she married HRH Prince Talal Bin Muhammad of Jordan. Soon after, the late King Hussein asked her to establish the International Press Office of the Royal Hashemite Court and to become his Press Secretary.
In October 2001, HM King Abdullah II appointed her as the Chairperson of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation. As the wife of a cancer survivor, Princess Ghida devoted herself to the fight against cancer and is a tireless fundraiser and advocate for the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center.
Princess Ghida (born Ghida Hany Salaam to a political family in Lebanon) has served two terms on the Board of Regents of her alma mater, Georgetown University, and currently serves on the Board of Georgetown’s Master of Science in Foreign Service programs.
Princess Ghida joined the Board of the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Scholar Rescue Fund in 2007 and the Board of the IIE in January 2013. She played a role in launching the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project, an IIE initiative that aims to rescue persecuted scholars from Iraq and earned IIE’s Humanitarian Award for International Cooperation in 2008. Princess Ghida is also an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Honorary Chairperson of the Jordan Society for Pediatric Oncology. Princess Ghida is also a board member of the Jordanian National Gallery of Fine Arts and the Honorary Chairperson of the Jordanian Swimming Federation.
She lives in Jordan with her husband Prince Talal and their three children: Prince Hussein (born 1999) and twins Princess Rajaa and Prince Muhammad (born 2001).