Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud has become “the first woman to lead a federation” in Saudi Arabia covering sporting activities for men and women. This is a first for a woman in the conservative nation. According to AFP, the princess’ new position as President of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports follows another historic appointment in the kingdom as last month Fatimah Baeshen was named the country’s first female spokeswoman.
Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Princess Reema spent many years in the United State where her father Prince Bandar bin Sultan was the ambassador from 1983-2005. She attended George Washington University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Museum studies, and returned to Saudi Arabia in 2005, where she would go on to become the CEO of Al Hama LLC, a luxury retail corporation. She is known for being a leader in business innovation and a champion for women in the workplace. In 2014, she was recognized as the Most Creative Person of the year by Fast Company, and was featured on the Forbes lists of the 200 Most Powerful Arab Women and Most Powerful Arab Women for 2014.