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HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan is the youngest son of the late King Talal of Jordan, brother of the late King Hussein and uncle to the present King Abdullah II of Jordan. He has led a distinguished career in international relations and is a strong advocate for peace and economic development in Jordan and for global sustainability, reconciliation and interreligious understanding in the wider world. He was awarded an an Honorary Degree (LLD) from SOAS in 2002.

Prince Hassan holds a BA in Oriental Studies and MA from Christ Church, Oxford University. He served as King Hussain's closest political advisor, confidant and deputy, as well as acting as Regent in the King's absence. In his country he has founded a number of major institutions including the Royal Scientific Society, the Arab Thought Forum, the Jordan Higher Council for Science and Technology, the Triannual Conference on the History and Archeology of Jordan, the Hashemite Aid and Relief Agency, and the Institute for Diplomacy.

Prince Hassan has also chaired or has been a member of a number of international committees and organisations. He was asked by the United Nations to found and co-chair the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues, was a member of the Informal Advisory Group of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, a member of the International Crisis Group, President of the Club of Rome, Co-Chair of the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues, and a Founding Member and First Vice-Chairman of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue.

He is currently a member of the International Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, Honorary Member of the UNESCO World Commission on Culture and Development, a member of the Committee of UNESCO's International Interreligious Advisory Committee and is working on, among other things, the construction of a Citizens' Charter to promote social development in the West Asia-North Africa region. In 2008 has also been awarded the Abraham Geiger Award and the Niwano Peace Price.

Prince Hassan is the author or co-author of nine books, most recently El Hassan bin Talal Collected Works, Volume One (2007). He has been decorated by over twenty nations and holds several honorary doctorates from distinguished universities around the world.