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Prince El Hassan bin Talal

His Royal Highness is the youngest son of King Talal bin Abdullah and Queen Zein El Sharaf, and the younger brother of His Late Majesty King Hussein. His family is directly descended from the Prophet Muhammad and is the forty-second generation.

Prince Hassan graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. (Hon.) and M.A. in Oriental Studies. His Royal Highness has also been awarded numerous honorary doctorates from notable institutions worldwide.

Prince Hassan served as His Majesty King Hussein’s closest political advisor, confidante, and deputy, as well as acting as Regent in the King’s absence from the country.

He is the President of the Club of Rome. He has initiated, founded and is actively involved in a number of Jordanian and international institutes and committees. In Jordan, he established and now directs the Islamic Scientific Academy; the Tri-annual Conferences on the History and Archeology of Jordan; the Hashemite Aid and Relief Agency; the Center for Educational Development; the Institute for Diplomacy; and most recently, the new Al al-Bait University in Mafraq.

At the 36th Session of the United Nations in 1981, His Royal Highness proposed the establishment of the New International Humanitarian Order, which led to his being asked by the UN Secretary-General to found and co-chair the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues (ICIHI). The final Report of the Commission was adopted as a resolution at the 42nd General Assembly.