HRH Princess Reema Bandar AL-SAUD

Entry in the IOC 2020
Born 21 June 1975

HRH Princess Reema Bandar AL-SAUD



Bachelor of Arts degree in Museum Studies, George Washington University, Washington DC (USA); Honorary Doctorate from Marymount University, Virginia (USA).


Saudi Ambassador to the United States of America (2019-); Vice-President, Women’s Affairs at the Saudi General Sports Authority (2016-) and Deputy of Planning and Development (2018-); Chair, Saudi Federation for Mass Participation; CEO of ALFA International Company Limited (2007-2015) and Harvey Nichols Riyadh.

Sports practised


Sports administration

Board member, Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (2017-); Chair, Saudi Arabia Special Olympics (2019-); Board member, Saudi Sport for All Federation; Member of the Saudi Arabian NOC delegation at the Olympic Games Rio 2016; led the Saudi sports economy under the Planning and Development Deputyship (female gym licensing, creation of professional sport jobs within the private sector and geography of sports).

Membership of other associations

Chair of the Executive Committee & Board Member of the Fashion Commission, Saudi Ministry of Culture; Board member, Future Investment Initiative Institute (2020); Board member, Panthera’s Conservation Council (2020); Member of the World Bank’s Advisory Council for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (2017-2020).

Other activities

Founder of US-based Catmosphere Foundation (2021); Founder of Alf Khair, a social enterprise elevating the professional capital of Saudi women through a curriculum enabling financial self-sufficiency (2013); Founder of Yibreen, a women’s centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that includes a gym with fitness programmes, sports classes and wellness opportunities (2007); Founding Member, Zahra Breast Cancer Awareness Association (2007)

IOC History

Member of the following Commissions: Women in Sport (2018-2021); Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (2022-); Sustainability and Legacy (2022-); Coordination for the Games of the XXXV Olympiad Brisbane 2032 (2021-).

Awards and distinctions

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Goalkeeper (2017 and 2018); Winner of the Arab Social Media Influencers award in the “Sports” category for efforts to promote sport and sports programmes using social media (2018); HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sport Award, 9th edition (2017); Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2015); Patron of Arab Women’s Awards, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2014-); Advisory Board member of the Saudi National Creative Initiative (2014-); recognised by the Fast Company as their Most Creative Person of the Year, for “inviting women into the workforce” (2014); Foreign Policy Magazine, Leading Global Thinker, “Moguls” category (2014); Guinness World Record award holder for largest human awareness ribbon created to raise breast cancer awareness, with more than 8,000 women (2010 and 2015); Featured on the Forbes lists of the 200 Most Powerful Arab Women and Most Powerful Arab Women in Saudi Arabia (2014).