Princess Rym Ali is the founder of the Jordan Media Institute and the Executive Commissioner at the Royal Film Commission – Jordan since 2005. Prior to marrying Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in 2004, Princess Rym worked for several international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, Dubai TV, Bloomberg TV, Radio Monte Carlo Moyen-Orient and United Press International-UPI. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, Princess Rym also holds a MPhil in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and an MA in English Literature from the Sorbonne.
Princess Rym is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and decorations for her role in developing media and journalism in Jordan and the region. The most recent was in April 2018, when she received the “Order of Prince Henry the Navigator” in Lisbon, in recognition of her efforts in the field of culture and intercultural exchange. America Abroad Media (AAM) honored Princess Rym for her significant role in media at the 5th Annual “Power of Film” Awards held in Washington D.C. in November 2017. In November 2013, the United Kingdom’s Coventry University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree on Princess Rym. In October 2012, she received the “Excellence in Media Award” from the “Global Thinkers Forum”. In September 2011, Princess Rym was decorated with the “French Knight of the Legion of Honor” by the French ambassador to Jordan. Also, in 2011, she received the Alumni Award from the Columbia University School of Journalism. Princess Rym is passionate about cinema, in which she has very eclectic tastes. She likes to quote the poet and novelist Margaret Atwood: “You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built in the human plan. We come with it.”