The Politics of Hunger

Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Al Hussein is a devoted wife and mother, a former Olympic athlete, a humanitarian, a member of the International Olympic Committee, a United Nations messenger of peace and president of the International Equestrian Federation.

She became a U.N. messenger of peace in 2007 after previously serving as goodwill ambassador for the World Food Programme. Her primary focus is the alleviation of hunger and poverty.

In 2003, Princess Haya founded Tkiyet Um Ali, the first food aid nongovernmental organization in the Arab world. She also serves as chairperson of the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, one of the world"s largest aid depots. Days after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Princess Haya led a relief mission to deliver IHC stocks.

She is also active in the field of health care, with a focus on projects that serve women and children.

Her sports career includes representing Jordan in equestrian events at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She joined the International Olympic Committee in 2007 and was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second term as president of the International Equestrian Federation last November.

Princess Haya is the daughter of His Majesty Late King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan and Her Majesty Late Queen Alia Al Hussein. She is the wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. They have a three-year-old daughter.

Princess Haya holds a B.A. and M.A., with honors, in philosophy, politics and economics from St. Hilda"s College at the University of Oxford.

Speaker Princess Haya Al Hussein