Princess Ameerah al Taweel
Royal Family Profile
Early Life & Education
Princess Ameerah al Taweel was born November 6, 1983 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She is the daughter of Aidan bin Nayef Al-Taweel Al-Otaibi, a member of the house of Saud. Her first big break came at age 18 when she landed an interview for school paper with Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.
“We just clicked,” she muses over the ten minute chance meeting of a lifetime opportunity. “He was equally smitten…” it was the door to a new world for the young Ameerah, and she undoubtably made the most of it.
The Princess graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Haven with a degree in Business Administration, developing her already natural business and political acumen.
Princess Ameerah is probably best known today, not for being the ex-wife of a Saudi Billionaire, but as an outstanding woman in society who has dedicated her life to improving the lot of those less fortunate that herself. Th Princes currently serves as executive committee of Al-Waleed bin Talal Foundation in Saudi Arabia.
The foundation oversees the implementation of residential, social empowerment of women through education, medical heath and humanitarian assistance to national charities in the country.
The foundation also undertakes a wide range of humanitarian activities around the world, supporting projects aimed at reducing poverty, relief, interfaith dialogue and importantly, giving a voice to women who do not have one, empowering women to become active in a strongly male dominated culture.
The remarkable Princess travels worldwide to acquaint Al-Waleed bin Talal Foundation, a nonprofit making organization, with challenges and concerns of the some of the most disadvantage people in the world. This mission has taken her to over 71 countries where implementation of designated projects earmarked by the foundation are carried out.
Involvement as Change Agent
“Young people in all countries are both a major human resource for development and key agents for social change, economic development and technological innovation.” These sentiments were expressed by the Princess during the World Program of Action of Youth for the year 2000 and beyond, she has proven that to her such statements are more than platitudes, implementing programs to engage and encourage youth engagement in many of the countries she has visited.
Among other humanitarian acheivements, Princess Ameerah has inaugurated the “Alwaleed Bin Talal Village” orphanage in Burkina Faso, provided relief to Pakistan’s flood victims, and in collaboration with Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburg, opened Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge.
NBC’s Today, CNN International, NPR, Time magazine and Foreign Policy magazine interviewed Princess Ameerah on her work, and she has also been featured in Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post, among other leading newspapers.
In a special session at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative titled “Voices for Change in the Middle East & North Africa,” the Princess described the movement of change for women as one of “evolution, not revolution.”
Rose on Bloomberg regarded the princess with high esteem, saying she had created lasting linkages for the cause of equal rights and women’s empowerment in Saudi Arabia through the Alwaleed Foundation.
Princess’s Major Accomplishments
The Al Waleed bin Talal Foundation is actively involved with centers for study at Harvard University, Georgetown University, University of Edinburgh, University of Cambridge, American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo. The foundation aims at influencing change for better understanding between the Islamic and the Western world.
Silatech partners with such organizations as Saudi Fund for Development, the AGFUND, the Islamic Development Bank, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, and the Kuwait Fund, to provide funding for regional development to establish microfinance institutions in undertaking youth empowerment.
Silatech assisted 25,000 young Arabs gain entrance into gainful employment in 2008 – 2013 period running.
2011, Princess Ameerah accepted the ITP Special “Humanitarian Award” on behalf of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation at the Arabian Business Achievement ceremony Awards.
2012 – Awarded, 100 Most Powerful Arab Women high-profile newcomer to CEO Middle East, bagging fourth place.
She received, Middle East “Woman Personality of the Year Award” for Excellence.