The World Leaders Forum brings world renowned speakers to the Judson Campus each year, to give students and the community a chance to hear an inspiring message, take an active interest in the framework of leadership, understand how leaders develop, and even ask questions and seek advice from someone who has made a global impact on our world.
2016 Event Speaker
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan will be the keynote speaker for Judson University’s sixth annual World Leaders Forum. Queen Noor is a world-renowned advocate for cross-cultural understanding and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty, climate change, and disarmament.
Born to an Arab-American family, Queen Noor received a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University. She married His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan in 1978. Her work in Jordan and the Arab world has focused on national and regional human security in the areas of education, sustainable development, human rights, and cross-cultural understanding. She founded and chairs the Noor Al Hussein and the King Hussein foundations, which have advanced thinking in the Middle East through pioneering best practice programs in the fields of poverty eradication, women’s empowerment, microfinance, health, and arts as a medium for social development and cross-cultural exchange.
In recognition of her efforts to advance development, democracy and peace, Queen Noor has received numerous awards and honorary doctorates in international relations, law, and humane letters. She is also the author of two books, Hussein of Jordan (2000) and Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life (2003), a New York Times #1 best seller published in 17 languages.
Felipe Calderón, 2015
Felipe Calderón, 56th President of Mexico
Condoleezza Rice, 2014
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State to U.S. President George W. Bush from 2005-2009.
Tony Blair, 2013
Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 – 2007.
Mikhail S. Gorbachev, 2012
Mikhail S. Gorbachev, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and Former President of the Soviet Union.
George W. Bush, 2011
George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States.