News Release
News Release
News Release
News Release
May 27, 2005
Dennis Wharton

Her Majesty Queen Noor to Receive NABEF Leadership Award on June 13

WASHINGTON, DC - Her Majesty Queen Noor will receive the Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) at the seventh annual Service to America Summit on June 13, 2005 in Washington, DC. The Leadership Award is one of NABEF's highest honors, given to individuals who have performed extraordinary public service in bettering the lives of others.

For almost 30 years, Her Majesty Queen Noor has been an international humanitarian activist and an outspoken voice on issues of world peace and justice. Since 1978, she has initiated, directed and sponsored projects and activities in Jordan to address specific national development needs in the areas of education, culture, women and children's welfare, sustainable community development, environmental conservation, human rights and conflict resolution. She has also worked closely with the United Nations and other international organizations to address global challenges in these fields. Click on the image above to download a high-resolution image of Her Majesty Queen Noor.

Queen Noor was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby in Washington, DC, to an Arab-American family distinguished for its public service. After receiving a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University in 1974, Queen Noor worked on international urban planning and design projects in the United States and other countries. She married His Majesty the late King Hussein of Jordan in 1978.

Among Queen Noor's many projects based in or directly involving the U.S. are:

  • President of the United World Colleges, a network of 10 equal-opportunity international colleges around the world, which foster cross-cultural understanding and global peace.

  • Chair of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of the Global South at American University, which examines critical issues affecting developing countries. Chaired conferences on the environment, human rights, social development and civil society.

  • Member of the Council of the Near East Foundation, the oldest American private, non-profit development agency dedicated to raising the standard of living of rural and urban poor communities in the Middle East and Africa through technical assistance and specialized training.

  • Adviser to the global initiative, Women Waging Peace, and Patron of International Alert's Women and Peace-building campaign, which focus on women's roles and contributions to peace building and conflict resolution.

  • Honorary Chair of Rays of Hope, a national annual candlelight vigil hosted by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. The vigil held at the Lincoln Memorial honors those lost to cancer and those who are struggling for survival.

  • Member of the International Youth Foundation's Global Action Council in Baltimore - which partners with organizations in the United States and other countries to build strategic partnerships among business, public and civil society sectors.

  • Member of the Advisory Board of Seeds of Peace, a U.S.-based organization that brings children from conflict-torn regions together to break down the barriers of prejudice and build mutual respect.

  • Trustee for Refugees International, which serves as an advocacy organization on behalf of refugees, displaced persons and other dispossessed people around the world.

  • Board Member of Conservation International, a leader in the preservation of global biodiversity, including critical marine and tropical ecosystems.

  • Trustee of The Aspen Institute, which fosters enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue to promote sound public policy based on nonpartisan principles and timeless ideas.

  • Chair and founder of the Washington, DC-based King Hussein Foundation International (KHFI), a non-profit organization dedicated to giving meaningful expression to the late King Hussein's vision and legacy with emphasis on supporting peace, democracy, education and leadership initiatives.

The Service to America Summit is sponsored and produced by the NABEF with major support from Bonneville International Corporation and the National Association of Broadcasters. In recent years, the summit has recognized former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter, First Lady Laura Bush, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, boxing legend Muhammad Ali and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for their contributions and service to communities nationwide.

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