The World Food Prize Foundation

2020 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein

Kingdom of Jordan

Born in Amman in 1962, His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of Jordan attended Oxford University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, received his military education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and pursued a distinguished military career. In February 1999, he ascended to the Throne, devoting himself to defending Jordan as an island of progress in a turbulent region, by investing in Jordanians’ immense human capital, combating terrorism and extremism, and working towards peace. Despite Jordan’s scarce resources, he has opened its doors to millions of refugees, following a long Hashemite tradition of hospitality to displaced people. As the 41 st generation direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad, King Abdullah II has launched several interfaith harmony initiatives, including the “Amman Message”, “A Common Word”, and the annual UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. He has received numerous awards for his global peace efforts, including the Peace of Westphalia Prize (2016), the Templeton Prize (2018), and the Lamp of Peace award (2019). His Majesty is married to Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. They have four children—Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Al Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma, and Prince Hashem.

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