HRH Princess Ghida Talal – née Ghida Salaam – was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, where she lived until moving to Washington, D.C. to pursue a joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. After graduating with magna cum laude honors, Princess Ghida entered a career in journalism, working in London, Argentina and Beirut. In 1991, she married HRH Prince Talal Bin Muhammad of Jordan, and was asked by the late King Hussein to establish the International Press Office of the Royal Hashemite Court.
In October 2001, HM King Abdullah II appointed her as Chairperson of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center. The wife of a cancer survivor, Princess Ghida devoted herself to the fight against cancer and is a tireless fundraiser and advocate for the Center. In 2011 and 2018, Princess Ghida represented Jordan at the United Nations by addressing the UN General Assembly’s High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
Princess Ghida has served two terms on the Board of Regents of Georgetown University, and currently serves on the Board of Georgetown’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program.
She also joined the Board of the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Scholar Rescue Fund in 2007 and IIE’s Board in October 2013, after helping launch the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project, a pursuit which earned her IIE’s Humanitarian Award for International Cooperation in 2008.
Princess Ghida lives in Jordan with her husband Prince Talal and their three children.