Princess Reema bint Bandar appointed member of International Olympic Committee

Time: 18 July, 2020

Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan has been elected as a member for International Olympic Committee (IOC) during its session on Friday. (Twitter: @alekhbariyatv)
  • Princess Reema has been Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US since February 2019
  • Also elected to the IOC was Sebastian Coe, the head of World Athletics, and four others

JEDDAH: Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud has been elected as member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during its session on Friday.

“Honored to be elected as a member of IOC. Thank you to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, HRH Crown Prince, and Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal (president of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee) for their support. It has been an honor to serve my community through the universal language of sports,” said the princess on her official Twitter account.

Five candidates — three women and two men — have been nominated for membership by the IOC executive board.

The 136th IOC session chaired by its president, Dr. Thomas Bach, was held virtually on Friday, and voted in Princess Reema as the first Saudi women to hold this post. Princess Reema is the third Saudi in this position after the late Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1983-1999), and Prince Nawwaf bin Faisal bin Fahd Al Saud (2001-2014).

Also elected to the IOC was Sebastian Coe, the head of World Athletics, former Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Cuban Olympic Committee (COC) board member Maria de la Caridad Colon Ruenes and acting Mongolian National Olympic Committee president Battushig Batbold.

Princess Reema has been Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US since February 2019, and is the first female to hold the post. She attended George Washington University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in museum studies.

In October 2018, she was appointed president of the Mass Participation Federation, making her the first woman to lead a multi-sports federation in the Kingdom, a role she occupied until her appointment as Saudi ambassador to the US.

Princess Reema has served as a member of the World Bank’s advisory council for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative since 2017. She has been a member of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee since 2017 and a member of the IOC Women in Sports Commission since 2018.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, president of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC), thanked King Salman and the Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman for their continued support for all sports, both internally and externally.

He congratulated Princess Reema on her election, saying that it confirms the ability of Saudi sports cadres to be present at an international level in organizations such as the IOC, which is the highest sporting authority in the world, where she, along with her colleagues, can work towards promoting Olympic values in Saudi Arabia and the world.

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Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US

Time: 12 June, 2020

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Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan has been recommended for International Olympic Committee (IOC) membership.

Five candidates — three women and two men — have been nominated for membership by the IOC executive board, and their nominations will be approved on July 17 during the IOC session.

Princess Reema has been Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US since February 2019, and is the first female to hold the post. She attended George Washington University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in museum studies.

In 2000, she co-founded Yibreen, a women’s gym. From 2007 until 2015, Princess Reema was CEO of Alfa International Company Limited – Harvey Nichols Riyadh, a multi-brand luxury retail company. In 2013, she founded Alf Khair, a social enterprise aimed at elevating the professional capital of Saudi women through a curriculum developed to enable financial self-sufficiency.

In 2016, Princess Reema left the private sector to begin a career in public service as vice president for women’s affairs at the Saudi General Sports Authority.

After a successful year, she was promoted to deputy of development and planning in January 2018. In October 2018, she was also appointed president of the Mass Participation Federation, making her the first woman to lead a multi-sports federation in the Kingdom, a role she occupied until her appointment as Saudi ambassador to the US.

Princess Reema has served as a member of the World Bank’s advisory council for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative since 2017. She has been a member of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee since 2017 and a member of the IOC Women in Sports Commission since 2018.

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Saudi-American relationship cornerstone of global stability

Time: 14 February, 2020

King Abdul Aziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia, arrives at the USS Quincy. (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum)
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Seventy-five years ago, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met with Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to begin planning Europe’s recovery from World War II.

Following the Yalta Conference, President Roosevelt didn’t immediately begin his weeks-long return to the US; instead, he scheduled one additional stop.

A meeting with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake on the Suez Canal.

It would be the first and only meeting of these two historic influential leaders.

King Abdul Aziz, modern Saudi Arabia’s founder and first king, was a battlefield warrior, who as a young man expanded and unified the Kingdom.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, victor of four US presidential elections and author of the transformational New Deal, guided the US through two of the 20th century’s principal crises — the Great Depression and World War II.

It was a turning point in world history. King Abdul Aziz and President Roosevelt both understood that what was at stake was far more than just the immediate recovery of post-war Europe and Germany.

These two leaders saw this as the time for new alliances and partnerships that would expand existing bilateral relationships, forge new economic ties and create new international institutions that would be essential for global peace and security.

Both leaders recognized that establishing a sustained and lasting global stability would require new international bonds — and that if the US and Saudi Arabia were to help develop this new approach to global, collective security — both leaders and both nations would need to look beyond their own provincial interests.

As it would turn out, what was good for both nations, was also good for the world.

The king and the president saw that a groundbreaking partnership between Saudi Arabia and the US would both transform the region and diplomatically reshape the world.

Saudi Arabia would become the US’ first ally in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia chose the US as its first international ally — a move that would truly recalibrate the balance of global power in the region — not just immediately, but for decades to come.

The Saudi-US partnership became — and still remains — a cornerstone of global security and stability.

But when King Abdul Aziz and President Roosevelt met, nothing about the meeting between these two men was guaranteed.

The mere convening of the meeting itself was dangerous.

The war was not yet over.

Our friendship has become critical to preserving global peace and stability and to fostering economic prosperity.

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No one even had any idea whether these two men, with seemingly little in common, would actually get along — the essential first step in any relationship between our two nations.

But they did…

They found common ground, mutual respect, and a shared commitment to bringing our nations together in a relationship that would transcend the bumps and difficulties of day-to-day political and diplomatic differences and challenges — both nations always able to keep in mind the big picture, the deep bonds between our nations, the vital importance of our alliance to regional and global security.

Our friendship has become critical to preserving global peace and stability and to fostering economic prosperity.

It is a partnership that would have our two nations work together, and fight together, to overcome common enemies and confront terrorism and extremism.

A partnership that would enable our two nations to strengthen international economic development and ensure the benefits of that development were widely and fairly shared.

A partnership that would stabilize global energy markets, as Saudi Arabia and the US cooperated to keep energy supplies safe and secure.

And it has been a strong relationship — one that has yielded extraordinary benefits for both nations and continues to do so.

In the 75 years since that meeting, the Saudi-US alliance has:

• Partnered to defeat communism;

• Ensured stable global energy markets;

• Reversed Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait;

• Led a global campaign to eliminate Al-Qaeda and ISIS (Daesh);

• Coordinated counterterrorism efforts that have saved thousands of innocent lives;

• And delivered unprecedented economic development to the Arab world.

This is the legacy of King Abdul Aziz and President Roosevelt and their meeting 75 years ago…

A relationship between our two nations that remains strong…

A relationship that continues to be a force for prosperity and peace…

A partnership that ensures stability and security…

And a friendship that promotes dialogue and understanding.

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Princess Reema bint Bandar and Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz bin Musaid attend International Olympic Committee meetings

Time: 15 January, 2020

 

Princess Reema bint Bandar and Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz bin Musaid attended the meeting in Lausanne. (Photo Supplied/Greg Martin)
  • Princess Reema expressed her delight that Saudi Arabia had made considerable recent progress in its efforts to encourage all segments of society “to embrace sports as a way of life”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s representatives to various commissions of International Olympic Committee (IOC) attended the IOC’s annual meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland this week. The meetings coincide with the Winter Youth Olympics, which are currently being held in Lausanne and end on Jan. 22.
Two board members of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee — Princess Reema bint Bandar (Women in Sports Commission) and Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz bin Musaid (Public Affairs and Social Development Through Sports Commission) — represented the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia has three representatives in the IOC, with Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal on the Marketing Committee.
Among the topics discussed during the Women in Sports Committee’s meeting were gender equality in sports, the participation of women in community sports, and the prevention of harassment.

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• Among the topics discussed during the event were gender equality in sports, the participation of women in community sports, and the prevention of harassment.

• Saudi Arabia has made considerable recent progress in its efforts to encourage all segments of society to embrace sports as a way of life.

“We work closely with all members of the Olympic family through the IOC Women in Sports Committee to support the participation of women at all levels of sports,” Princess Reema said after the meeting. “We discussed all the advances that have been achieved in this area, as well as some of the key challenges that are facing women currently.”
She also expressed her delight that Saudi Arabia had made considerable recent progress in its efforts to encourage all segments of society “to embrace sports as a way of life.”
Prince Jalawi said that, given Saudi Arabia’s preeminence in the region, the Kingdom has made its presence felt in the Olympic family. “At the Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Committee, we work to harness the power of sports to serve all communities and help to build cultural bridges between them. Sport is a very powerful tool to realize these goals,” he said.

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Princess Reema meets US treasury chief Steven Mnuchin

18/07/19

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema bint Bandar meets with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. (Twitter @SaudiEmbassyUSA)

DUBAI: Newly appointed Saudi Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema bint Bandar met with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss opportunities to further strengthen the countries’ partnership.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in the US, in a tweet, said the two senior officials explored “ways to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s close partnership with the United States on countering the financing of terrorism, as well as US support for the Kingdom’s economic reforms.”

 

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HRH Ambassador @rbalsaud met with Treasury Secretary @stevenmnuchin1 to explore ways to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s close partnership with the United States on countering the financing of terrorism, as well as U.S support for the Kingdom’s economic reforms. @USTreasury

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Princess Reema, who assumed her new office on July 4, earlier met with US President Donald Trump to present her credentials as the Kingdom’s top diplomat in Washington.

Princess Reema became the Kingdom’s first female ambassador after being nominated to the post on February 23 – to replace Prince Khaled bin Salman who was appointed deputy defense minister – and took her oath before King Salman in Riyadh in April.

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Princess Reema bint Bandar: Walking in her father’s footsteps

Time: July 13, 2019  

This combination picture shows Prince Bandar bin Sultan (left) at his office in the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington D.C. 35 years ago, and his daughter, Princess Reema bint Bandar, on her assumption of the post on July 4, 2019. (Supplied photo)
  • Sworn in as Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat to the US on April 16, Princess Reema is the Kingdom’s first female ambassador
  • Some 35 years earlier, her father performed the same oath, holding the prestigious post from 1984-2005

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the US, Princess Reema bint Bandar, caused a stir on social media after an image of her standing in her new office in Washington DC became public, taken in the same office as was occupied by her father, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, 35 years ago.

The prince had a similar portrait taken of himself when he was appointed ambassador, and many Twitter and Instagram users reposted the two images side by side. Some commented on how the newly appointed ambassador was “walking in her father’s footsteps” with one adding “like father, like daughter.” Young Saudis continued to repost the images with messages of good luck, as the ambassador started her new role.

Prominent Saudi writer Hussein Shobokshi wrote: “Her father’s daughter … Ambassador Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan.”

@HSajwanization tweeted: “Stunning portrait of Princess Reema bint Bandar AlSaud @rbalsaud, Saudi ambassador to the USA in her new office in Washington. Almost 40 years ago, her father, Prince Bandar bin Sultan AlSaud, former Saudi ambassador to the USA, took exactly the same picture.”

@Fatimafahad90 tweeted one of Princess Reema’s quotes, alongside her picture: “Saudi Ambassador to the US Princess Reema Bint Bandar: ‘Financial literacy is key to empower women.’”

@im_lama_ tweeted: “‘We are not working for anyone outside this nation, we are working for this nation.’ (Princess Reema Bint Bandar)”

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Financial literacy is key to women’s liberty, Princess Reema bint Bandar says

10/07/19

Saudi Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar was taking part in the Rockefeller Foundation campaign. (The Rockefeller Foundation)

  • “My goal is to educate women on financial literacy,” the Saudi diplomat said
  • “I truly believe that liberty for a woman comes from the ability to make the financial decisions for her life”

DUBAI: Financial literacy and self-sufficiency can empower women in many ways, Saudi Ambassador to the US, Princess Reema bint Bandar said in a video campaign by the Rockefeller Foundation.

“Today more and more women are entering the workplace, but they still don’t have the education to make the correct financial decisions for themselves,” she explained.

The princess was appearing in video released on Tuesday, as part of the Rockefeller’s “Solvable” campaign, involving experts and leaders from all around the world talk about a specific issue they are passionate about, and what they are doing to solve it.

She said that during her time in retail, many of her female employees would approach her about their financial issues, prompting her to realize that something had to be done “to give women access to the right tools and training” to overcome these problems.

“My goal is to educate women on financial literacy,” the Saudi diplomat said, talking about Alf Khair, a social enterprise she founded in 2013 to “educate, train, and develop the skills” of Saudis.

At the organization, they teach women how to be self-sufficient through workshops and seminars.

“I truly believe that liberty for a woman comes from the ability to make the financial decisions for her life,” she said.

Princess Reema is the Kingdom’s first female ambassador, and had been the vice president of women’s affairs at the General Sports Authority before her appointment. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in museum studies from George Washington University.

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Reema bint Bandar Al Saud

09/07/19

 

11th Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States

Incumbent

Assumed office
February 23, 2019

Monarch

King Salman

Preceded by

Prince Khalid bin Salman

Personal details

Born

Reema bint Bandar

1975 (age 43–44)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Spouse(s)

Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Nasser bin Adulaziz (−2012, divorced)

Children

Prince Turki
Princess Sarah

Mother

Princess Haifa bint Faisal

Father

Prince Bandar bin Sultan

Full name

Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

House

House of Saud

Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: ريما بنت بندر بن سلطان بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود‎; born 1975) is a Saudi Arabian princess and the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, appointed with ministerial rank. on 23 February 2019 becoming the first female envoy in the country’s history. She played an essential role as a leading advocate of female empowerment in the kingdom.She also has worked in the kingdom to expand opportunities for Saudi women in the kingdom.

Early life and education

Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Bandar bin Sultan and Haifa bint Faisal, Reema spent many years in the United States, where her father Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud was the ambassador from 1983–2005. She attended George Washington University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in museum studies.

While Reema was studying toward her degree in museum studies, she interned at L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and at the Sackler Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She also collaborated from a distance with a curator at the Field Museum in Chicago, while her mother’s “Haifa Faisal Collection” of art was displayed there.

After graduation, she returned to Riyadh.

She joined THNK School of Creative Leadership in 2014 as a participant of Class 5 2015

Career

Over the past decade, Reema has worked across the private, public, and philanthropic sectors.

Private sector

Reema returned to Saudi Arabia in 2005. She co-founded Yibreen, a women’s day gym and spa. She later assumed the role of CEO at Al Hama LLC, a luxury retail corporation. She served for several years as the CEO of Alfa International, a leading luxury retail corporation that, among other pursuits, operates the Harvey Nichols store in Riyadh.

As the CEO of Harvey Nichols in Riyadh, Reema led the inclusion of women into the retail sector, working closely with the Ministry of Labor to craft a smooth labor market entry. She set the example of workforce integration by creating the Kingdom’s first workplace nursery, enabling more women to work.

Reema is an active entrepreneur; her professional roles include founder and creative director of Baraboux, a luxury handbag brand that she launched in 2013.

In 2013, Reema also founded Alf Khair, a social enterprise aimed at elevating the professional capital of Saudi women. One of its keystone initiatives, 10KSA, introduced the concept of holistic health awareness for a healthier Saudi community. The year-long campaign culminated into the World’s Largest Human Awareness Ribbon, entering into the Guinness World Records.

Reema is a member of The World Bank’s advisory council for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative

Public sector

As president of the Mass Participation Federation, Reema is the first woman to lead a multi-sports federation in the Kingdom, driving communities towards a more active lifestyle.

Since 2016, Reema has served as the Saudi General Sports Authority’s (GSA) Deputy of Planning and Development, where she has led diversity and inclusion (D&I), the development of the Kingdom’s sports economy, and strategic partnerships. In the very same year, she was appointed as vice president of women’s affairs at the General Sports Authority (GSA). In 2017, she held the position of the president of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports.

Among the first achievements under Reema’s mandate, is the inclusion of physical education for girls in schools.

In 2017 Reema was awarded Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sport Award in its Ninth Edition for her role played in the empowerment of women in the region through her spirit of entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

Reema is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Women in Sports Commission and a member of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee.

Leadership in business innovation and inclusive employment advocacy

Reema has gained attention on the international stage as a leader in business innovation, specifically as a champion for women in the workplace.She was recognized as the Most Creative Person of the year in 2014 by Fast Company for “Inviting Women into the Workforce,”and was featured on the Forbes lists of the 200 Most Powerful Arab Women and Most Powerful Arab Women in Saudi Arabia lists for 2014.She was also recognized by Foreign Policy Magazine as a Leading Global Thinker of 2014 in their “Moguls” category for her work helping women to “integrate their personal and professional lives” by creating hospitable opportunities for women to participate in the economy.

Reema has noted publicly that engaging women as active participants in the working economy is “evolution, not Westernization,” and empowering a woman with financial responsibility will encourage her to “explore more of the world for herself and become less dependent.”She has also stated that Saudi Arabia “cannot have half of [the] population not working.”

At Harvey Nichols Riyadh, Reema was responsible for hiring more women and introducing services such as childcare available to employees with young children, providing an opportunity for mothers to continue working and also provide for their children during the workday. She also began a program at Harvey Nichols that provides transportation stipends to women because the Kingdom’s restrictions did not allow women to drive at that time, until September 2017 when the Saudi government decided to allow women to drive. These efforts, coupled with economic policies lowering the barriers for women to enter the workforce, have led to the store employing dozens of women today (as opposed to 2011, when only men worked there).

Philanthropic work

Reema Alf Khair, a corporate social responsibility initiative, whose work included an active and vocal community of creative talent in Saudi Arabia and promoted their work internationally. Alf Khair also developed a retail academy, which provided training for Saudi women joining the workforce.Her work in this realm also included her role as an Advisory Board Member of the Saudi National Creative Initiative.

Breast cancer advocacy

Reema is a founding member of the Zahra Breast Cancer Awareness Association, based in Riyadh.The mission of the organization is to “increase and spread awareness among women across the country for early detection, prevention, and treatment of the disease, and cooperate with women diagnosed with breast cancer on a step-by-step basis for treatment and ultimate recovery.”

Reema’s work with Zahra also includes organizing the world’s largest human pink ribbon in 2010.This effort was recognized as the winner of the Holmes Report Golden Sabre Award for the Best Publicity Stunt Category and the Platinum Sabre Award for Best PR Programme.

In May 2012, in conjunction with the Zahra Breast Cancer Association, Reema led a group of Saudi women to the Base Camp of Mount Everest, in a bid to raise breast cancer awareness. The cancer awareness campaign has been entitled ‘A Woman’s Journey: Destination Mount Everest.’ The 11 climbers began their trek to Base Camp located 5,364 meters above sea level on 7 May, completing their trek in 12 days.

Recognition and Awards

  • In 2015, Princess Reema was selected by the World Economic Forum at Davos as a Young Global Leader.
  • In 2014, she was named as Foreign Policy Magazine Global Thinker Mogul.

Controversy

Her ex-husband’s father was implicated in the Al-Yamamah bribery scandal, as British defence firm BAE Systems secretly paid £250 000 for a “luxury honeymoon” for Reema bint Bandar and her husband. A senior BAE executive authorised payment for a six-week honeymoon in five-star hotels, costing up to £4,000 a night, in Singapore, Malaysia, Bali, Australia and Hawaii.

Personal life and family

Reema’s grandparents are Crown Prince Sultan on her paternal side and King Faisal on her maternal side. Therefore, she is a direct descendant of Ibn Saud, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia on both sides.

Reema was married to Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with whom she has two children (a son, Turki; and a daughter, Sarah). Reema and her husband were divorced in 2012.

 

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Princess Reema bint Bandar meets President Trump, presents credentials as Saudi envoy to US

Time: July 09, 2019  

US President Donald Trump and Ambassador Princess Reema bint Bandar at the White House on Monday. (Saudi Embassy photo via Twitter)
  • Princess Reema is Saudi Arabia’s first female ambassador and 11th Saudi diplomatic representative to Washington

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Princess Reema bint Bandar, has met with President Donald Trump and presented her credentials as the Kingdom’s top diplomat in Washington.

“HRH Ambassador @rbalsaud met with @POTUS Donald J. Trump at the White House today to present her credentials as the new Ambassador of the Kingdom of #SaudiArabia to the United States,” the Saudi Embassy in Washington said early Tuesday.

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HRH Ambassador @rbalsaud met with @POTUS Donald J. Trump at the White House today to present her credentials as the new Ambassador of the Kingdom of to the United States.

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“HRH stated that the Saudi-U.S. partnership is essential to the interests of both countries and expressed confidence that the two countries are capable of overcoming any challenges at the regional or global levels,” the embassy said.

The new ambassador also announced her meeting with the US president in a tweet.

“Presented credentials today at the White House. Conveyed the well wishes of Kingdom’s Leadership. Looking forward to working on strengthening and solidifying the historic Saudi – US partnership,” she said.

Princess Reema assumed her new office on July 4, more than two months after she was appointed to the key post, replacing Prince Khaled bin Salman, who is now the Kingdom’s deputy defense minister.

She was nominated to the post on February 23 and took her oath before King Salman in Riyadh in April, becoming Saudi Arabia’s first female ambassador and the 11th Saudi diplomatic representative to Washington.

Princess Reema is no stranger to the workings of diplomats, having spent several years in the US during her youth when her father, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the country.

Before her diplomatic appointment, Princess Reema held various key positions in government as well as civic groups and private firms.

She held CEO positions for Al Hama LLC and Alfa International from 2005 and has launched her own handbag brand, Baraboux, in 2013. She also founded the private equity fund Reemiyah and co-founded Yibreen, a women’s day spa.

She is one of the founding members of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association in Riyadh and is also a member of The World Bank’s Advisory Council for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative.

She was also vice president of women’s affairs at the General Sports Authority since 2016 before her appointment as ambassador.

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Princess Reema bint Bandar presents credentials as Saudi ambassador to the US

Time: July 04, 2019  

Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US. (SPA file photo)
  • Princess Reema is Saudi Arabia’s first female ambassador
  • She is 11th Saudi diplomatic representative to Washington

JEDDAH: Saudi Princess Reema bint Bandar presented her credentials as the Kingdom’s ambassador to the US on Thursday, more than two months after she was appointed to the key post.

The new envoy made the announcement in a tweet.

“Honored to present my credentials today to @StateDept. Looking forward to starting this chapter of my life in Washington DC the journey begins with a wonderful team @SaudiEmbassyUSA,” she wrote.

Princess Reema was nominated to the post on February 23 and took her oath before King Salman in Riyadh in April, becoming Saudi Arabia’s first female ambassador and the 11th Saudi diplomatic representative to Washington.

Reema Bandar Al-Saud

@rbalsaud

Honored to present my credentials today to @StateDept. Looking forward to starting this chapter of my life in Washington DC???? the journey begins with a wonderful team @SaudiEmbassyUSA

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She replaced Prince Khaled bin Salman, who is now the Kingdom’s deputy defense minister.

Princess Reema spent several years in the US during her youth when her father, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was also Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the country.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in museum studies from George Washington University.

A noted entrepreneur and philanthropist, before her diplomatic appointment Princess Reema had been vice president of women’s affairs at the General Sports Authority since 2016.

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