Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein
Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein has a strong humanitarian presence both locally and internationally. Her work and interests focus on humanitarian issues and human development concentrated primarily on health, education, youth, and sports.
In memory of her mother, HM the late Queen Alia, Princess Haya founded Tkiyet Um Ali in 2003, the first food aid NGO in the Arab World, and became the chairperson of its Board of Directors. She was also the first Arab and first woman to serve as World Food Programme Goodwill Ambassador (2005-07).
In March 2007, Princess Haya was appointed the chairperson of International Humanitarian City (IHC), one of the largest supply depots for aid in the world. The IHC aims to facilitate aid and development efforts by providing local and international humanitarian actors with facilities and services specifically designed to meet their needs. In September, Princess Haya was selected by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, the highest honor bestowed on a global citizen by the United Nations Secretary-General.
In January 2010, just ten days after the devastating 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, Princess Haya traveled to Port-au-Prince to oversee a delivery of relief supplies organized by the IHC, meet with Haitian and UN officials, and raise awareness of the need for international aid.
In 2011, Princess Haya visited Siem Reap in Cambodia to bring further attention to the country’s ongoing food crisis.
Princess Haya, in 2012, established Dar Abu Abdullah as a sister organization to Tkiyet Um Ali. Bearing the name of her father, HM the late King Hussein (Abu Abdullah), it was set up to serve as a complementary force toward poverty and hunger reduction efforts in Jordan by creating income generating projects and opportunities for underprivileged families.
In 2014, Princess Haya visited a number of the World Food Programme’s humanitarian projects in Ethiopia and Liberia. In September 2014, Princess Haya was pronounced Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction, for her ongoing achievements in her humanitarian work.
In November 2015, Princess Haya received the 2015 Giglio d’Oro Award for her outstanding contributions in the humanitarian field. Additionally, she was also presented the 2015 Path to Peace Award in consideration of her longstanding and tireless work in the promotion of peace in the humanitarian field.
In October 2016, HRH Princess Haya traveled, again, to Port-au-Prince to oversee a delivery of aid to those affected by Hurricane Matthew.