Statement on HRH Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud Receiving Honorary Doctorate
May 16, 2022
Her Royal Highness Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud received an honorary doctorate from Marymount University in Virginia this past Friday. The doctorate is in honor of Princess Reema's work empowering women across sectors in the Kingdom and globally.
Princess Reema also gave the commencement address for the graduates of the College and Health and Education at Marymount University. In her address she congratulated the graduates and thanked the University for hosting Saudi students throughout the years. HRH also greeted the Saudi students club at Marymount and Saudi student graduates during her time at the University. The President of Marymount University, Dr. Irma Becerra presented the Ambassador with her honorary degree at the commencement ceremony.
Princess Reema has an extensive career of working towards the empowerment of women in both the private and public sector. From 2007-2015 she was Chief Executive Officer of Alfa International Company Limited - Harvey Nichols Riyadh, a multi-brand luxury retail company, during which she commissioned a study on Obstacles for Women in the Workplace. The study set the tone for female inclusion in retail, and resulted in opening the first workplace nursery. 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 of public service as Vice President of Women’s Affairs at the Saudi General Sports Authority where she developed policies and programs that benefited women and children throughout Saudi Arabia. In 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 that she occupied until her appointment as Saudi Ambassador to the United States.
Marymount University is a private university located in Arlington, Virginia. This is Princess Reema's first honorary doctorate. She graduated from George Washington University with a degree in Museum Studies.