Born on March 20, 1947 in Amman, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal is a member of the Jordanian royal family. He is the brother of the former King Hussein I, uncle of the current King Abdullah II, and was Crown Prince of Jordan from 1965 to 1999.
The author of various books and articles is a well-known promoter of interreligious dialogue, youth and international peace. From 1999 to 2006 he was President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace and from 2000 to 2006 of the Club of Rome. He is the founder and initiator of various Arab organizations such as the Arab Youth Forum, the El Hassan Youth Award and the Board of Trustees of the Royal Society of Sciences in Jordan. He is also involved in UNESCO’s inter-religious advisory committee and is an honorary member of its World Commission on Culture and Development.
Prince El Hassan received a number of awards for his outstanding and interdisciplinary commitment. These include the Berlin Peace Watch Prize and the Great Golden Decoration of Honor on Ribbon for Services to the Republic of Austria. In 2008 he was also awarded the Augsburg Peace Prize, the Niwano Peace Award and the Abraham Geiger Prize. In 2014 he received the tolerance ring of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal has been Honorary President of the Euro-Mediterranean-Arab Länderverein e.V. since 2012. In this role, he was already the patron of the Water Forum and the Environment Forum, thus continuing his commitment to the preservation of natural resources as well as international cooperation and understanding.