Leadership

My father, the late King Hussein, was a truly pioneering peace advocate and my brother, HM King Abdullah II, continues to lead the call for peace. Generations For Peace is part of that peace-building vision through which I continue my father’s work and legacy.

The stories of extraordinary commitment and achievements of our Generations For Peace Delegates and Pioneers, working to build peace around the world, are a daily source of inspiration not only for myself, but for everyone involved in our organisation.

These young volunteers are impressive role models, leading change in their own communities, demonstrating the values of Generations For Peace and passing them on, from generation to generation.

HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan

HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan

 

HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein is deeply committed to peace building and development, complementing the efforts of his brother His Majesty King Abdullah II. They both continue the legacy of their father, the Late King Hussein, in the long-standing peace-building tradition of the Jordanian Royal Family.

Within Jordan, HRH Prince Feisal heads a number of important social and economic development initiatives. Among others, he is Chairman of the Royal Water Commission, overseeing water management strategy for the country to the year 2022. As Chairman of the Board of Trustees of King Abdullah II Centre of Excellence, HRH Prince Feisal works on the promoting a culture of excellence and international competitiveness in all sectors.

Formerly the Commander of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, HRH Prince Feisal’s present military responsibilities include roles as Lieutenant General and Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Head of the Higher Organisational Committee for the biannual Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX). HRH Prince Feisal is also the founder of Jordan International Air Cargo.

Passionate about peace building and conflict transformation, and recognising the potential of sport for individual and community change, HRH Prince Feisal is an increasingly prominent global figure in the field of sport for sustainable peace and development.

In 2003, HRH Prince Feisal was elected as President of Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC), engaging in modernisation of Jordanian Olympic and sport Movement. An avid supporter of motor sport, in his role as Chairman of Jordan Motorsport HRH Prince Feisal achieved inclusion of Jordan rally circuits onto the calendar of the FIA’s World Rally Championships.

In 2007, HRH Prince Feisal founded Generations For Peace (GFP), the global non-profit peace-building organisation that uses sport, art, advocacy, dialogue, and empowerment as conflict transformation tools in the communities affected by various forms of conflict and violence. He remains very actively involved with the organisation as Chairman of the Board.

In 2010, HRH was elected as Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). His peace-through-sport work has gained him a seat on the IOC’s Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Commission, which advises on strategies to promote the role of sport and Olympism in society, and aims to position the IOC as a thought leader and strong actor on the international stage around sport for peace and development in and beyond the Olympic Games. A leading advocate for gender equality and empowerment of girls and women in Jordan, the Middle East, and worldwide, HRH Prince Feisal serves as Vice Chair of the IOC’s Women in Sport Commission. He is also member of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Additionally, as a member of the Executive Board of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Chairman of the OCA’s Peace Through Sport Committee, HRH Prince Feisal is very active in fostering the use of sport for peace and development across the diverse Asian continent.

HRH Prince Feisal has been honoured to receive various awards and distinctions, including among others the Order of Military Merit of the First Class, Jordan; the Grand Cordone of the Order of Al Istiklal, Jordan; the Legion of Merit, USA; the Legion of Honour, France; and the Order of the Sultan Qaboos, Oman.

Educated at Brown University (USA), where he gained a BSc in Electronic Engineering, specialising in communications, HRH Prince Feisal then gained a Masters in Management from London Business School (UK). He has been a keen athlete for many years with experience in football, volleyball, tennis, skiing, wrestling, taekwondo, karate and motor racing.

The Board provides governance controls over strategy and budget, approving strategic and annual plans, major expenditure and contractual commitments.


H.E. Mr. Akel Biltaji
Former Mayor of Greater Amman Municipality

Akel Biltaji was inaugurated as Mayor of Amman in September, 2013. In addition to this role, he was appointed Senator in Jordan’s House of Senate in 2005. Akel also remains an Advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II on matters related to tourism protection, foreign direct investment, and country branding. Akel also sits on the boards of a number of national and international organisations and institutions.

Akel’s career has seen him serve in a number of diverse roles, including at Royal Jordanian under a number of varying capacities, ultimately reaching the post of Senior Vice President (1969-1997); as the Minister of Tourism (1997-2001); and as Chief Commissioner of Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZA) (2001-2004).
 
In recognition of his distinguished career, Akel has been decorated with the highest orders by the Heads of State of Japan, Norway, France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Chile, and Jordan.

 

H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Afanah
Managing Partner of Advvise

Suzanne Afanah is a communications and media professional. Since 2011, she has held the post of Managing Partner of Advvise, a public relations and marketing consulting firm based in Amman. The firm is dedicated to assisting organisations with the development of their communications strategies.

Demonstrating a genuine dedication to social causes, Suzanne also sits on several non-profit boards, including the Jordan Media Institute; Jordan River Foundation; King Hussein Cancer Foundation; International Women’s Forum; Children’s Museum; Jordan Media Institute; and the Center for Defending the Freedom of Journalists.
 
Her former roles include Minister of Tourism & Antiquities (2010); Director of Communications, Branding & CSR at Zain (2003-2010); Spokesperson and Executive Board Member of Arab Women’s Summit (2002-2004); Vice Chairman of Jordan Radio and Television Broadcasting Corporation; Director of JTV Satellite Channel; Chief Editor at JTV; News Anchor (1991-2001); and CNN I Producer and CNN “World Report” contributor (1995-2003).

 

Mr. Ala’ Khalifeh
Managing Partner, Khalifeh & Partners Law Firm

Ala’ Khalifeh is Managing Partner at Khalifeh and Partners, one of Jordan’s leading law firms. As a specialist in corporate and commercial law, Ala’ advises on major infrastructure projects taking place in Jordan. He has an LLB from the University of Jordan, and a DLS and LLM from Manchester University.

Ala’ is also the Vice Chairman of Tkiyet Um Ali (TUA), a non-governmental organisation that provides food and shelter to the less privileged in Jordanian society. He also serves as Vice Chairman for Dar Abu Abdullah – a twin organisation of TUA that aims to support the rehabilitation of individuals so that they become more self-reliant.
 
In addition to these posts, Ala’ is a member of several boards, including the Royal Motorcycle Club; Royal Falcon Airlines; and Jordan international Air Cargo Company.

 

Mr. Mazen Tantash
Chairman and CEO, Tantash Group

Mazen Tantash is Chairman and CEO of Tantash Group, a company that invests in businesses with recognised potential. He is also Chairman and CEO of Middle East for Pharmaceutical & Chemical Industries Company (Midpharma). At present, Mazen is a board member of Jordan Chamber of Industry.

In addition to his main roles, Mazen is Chairman for the following companies: Arab Centre for Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries Company (ACPC); the Jordanian Company for Investment and Touristic Transportation (ALPHA); Ideal Investments; and Istithmar for Financial Services. He also serves as Vice Chairman at the Trust for Jordanian Investments Company (JordInvest).
 
Mazen’s experience is also drawn from his former posts of Chairman of Jordanian Association of Pharmaceutical Manufactures (JAPM) (2011–2013) and the Pharmaceutical Center of Excellence (PCOE) (2011–2013).

 

Ms. Deema Bibi
CEO of INJAZ

Deema Bibi has held the post of CEO for INJAZ, a youth-centered non-profit organization in Jordan, since 2005. INJAZ focuses on youth education, development, and employment through programmes, which are facilitated to students in schools, universities, and various social institutions. As part of her role, she has developed INJAZ operations to reach over one million students to date, through a network of over 23,000 qualified volunteers.
 
Deema currently serves on the board of the following organisations: King Abdullah II Fund for Development; Tamweelcom – Jordan Micro Credit Company; RunJordan; and Global Thinkers Forum. Furthermore, she is a founding member of the Arab Foundations Forum and a member of the International Women’s Forum.
 
Deema formerly served on Amman City Council (2007-2011), before which she which she worked at the Regional Office for the UN Development Fund for Women (2000-2005). Deema has received numerous accolades for her demonstrated commitment to social causes, including the Mosaic Global Social Leadership Award (2008); NYIT Leadership Distinction Award (2009); Global Thinkers Forum Excellence in Positive Change Award (2012); and the International Alliance for Women – World of Difference Award (2012).

The General Assembly provides ultimate governance oversight, particularly in relation to our annual Audited Financial Statements and our Annual Report. It also acts as the guardian of the Bylaws, since only the General Assembly can approve a change to the Bylaws.
The General Assembly comprises the following Members:

• HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein
• HE Mr Akel Biltaji
• HE Mr Marwan Juma
• HE Mr Makram Mustafa Queisi (ex officio, as Minister for Youth)
• HE Mr Nasser Majali (ex officio, as Secretary General of the Jordan Olympic Committee)
• HE Mrs Lana Mahmoud Mohammad Al Jaghbeer
• HE Dr Sari Ahmad Hamdan Ghuneimeh
• Mr Ala’ Khalifeh
• Mr Mazen Tantash
• Mrs Jadranka Stikovac Clark
• Mr Walid Mahmoud Abu Obeid
• Mr Khaled Mohammad Abdalrahim Al Atiyaat
• Mrs Samar Nabil Najeeb Nassar
• Mrs Narin HajTass

Dr. Mohanned Arabiat

 

Dr. Mohanned joined GFP in March 2017 and serves as a direct link to HRH Prince Feisal Al-Hussein and the Board.

Dr. Mohanned’s academic research experience, passion for social justice and community development, change management and leadership, and application of technology in organisations and society ensures his invaluable input informing the work of the organisation. He believes in creating spaces for youth to express themselves in a positive manner through unique interactions.

As a passionate advocate for human rights and countering extremism, Dr. Mohanned works towards a vision where conflict and difference do not end in violence. He strives to counter the extremist narratives with narratives of peace, tolerance, and acceptance.

Until recently, Dr. Mohanned was Assistant Professor at Princess Sumaya University for Technology. His academic interests include leadership, change management, and technology acceptance. He has a PhD in Computer and Information Science and a Masters in Information Systems from DePaul University in Chicago, as well as a Masters in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University, Chicago, in addition to his Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems from University of Jordan.