Her Majesty Queen Noor was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby to a distinguished Arab-American family. She has a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University. Her early career included participating in international urban planning and design projects in Australia, Iran, the United States and Jordan, and she subsequently joined ‘Royal Jordanian’ airlines as Director of Planning and Design Projects.
Their Majesties, the late King Hussein and Queen Noor, were married on 15 June 1978.
In 1985 the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF) was established to consolidate the administration of the Queen’s diverse and expanding development initiatives. The Foundation initiates and supports national, regional and international projects in the fields of integrated community development, education, culture, children’s welfare, family health, women, and enterprise development.
Her Majesty currently chairs The King Hussein Foundation, which is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to give meaningful expression to the late King’s humanitarian vision and legacy with emphasis on democracy and peace, education and leadership, environment and health.
Her Majesty Queen Noor is an active patron, president, and board member of numerous national and international organizations, including United Nations organizations, in the areas of mother and child health care, education, women’s development, environmental protection, culture, and public architecture and planning. In recognition of her efforts to advance development, democracy and peace, the Queen has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates in international relations, law, and humane letters, as well as other international awards.
Her Majesty Queen Noor became a Commissioner for ICMP in June 2001.