On Thursday, July 7, 2022, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan participated 2022 Sun Valley Economic Forum.
On the sidelines of the forum, His Majesty King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II participated in meetings with CEOs and representatives from various major international and US companies. Discussions focused on a myriad of topics such as investment opportunities in Jordan, which recently launched Economic Modernization Vision, in addition to the potential for cooperation between international companies and the local private sector to fullfil this vision over the next decade, in partnership with the Jordanian government.
Meetings were also held with executives from international companies that work in e-commerce, the textile industry, transport and the automotive industry, AI, and filmmaking, which are part of the promising sectors highlighted in the economic vision under growth drivers.
Discussions also covered the global ramifications of the Ukraine crisis on food and energy security, and the importance of working collectively to counter their impact on the global economy.
The annual forum is held with the participation of international and US political, economic, and media leaders to discuss global political and economic developments and their implications.
On the morning of Wednesday, July 6, 2022, the Royal Hashemite Court announced the engagement of Her Royal Highness Princess Iman bint Abdullah II of Jordan to Mr. Jameel “Jimmy” Alexander Thermiotis.
On Tuesday, July 2, the couple announced their engagement to their families including Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan, His Royal Highness Prince Hashem bin Abdullah II of Jordan, and Her Royal Highness Princess Salma bint Abdullah II of Jordan, and members of Mr. Thermiotis’ family.
After the announcement was made, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan released a statement:
“Congratulations my dearest Iman; your smile has always been a gift of love that I’ve cherished since the day you were born. I wish you and Jameel a life filled with love and laughter!”
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan also made a statement regarding his sister’s engagement:
“Warmest congratulations to my dear sister Iman and to her fiancé Jameel on their engagement. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together.”
Born on September 27, 1996, in Amman, Jordan, Her Royal Highness Princess Iman bint Abdullah II of Jordan is the eldest daughter of Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah II of Jordan.
At this time, there is little information about Mr. Thermiotis. According to the newspapers, Al Arabiya and the Jordan Times, Mr. Thermiotis was born in 1994 in Caracas, Venezuela. He is of Greek and Hispanic descent.
With a huge thank you to royal historian and royal expert, Marlene Eilers Koenig:
Mr. Jameel (Jimmy) Alexander Thermiotis is the Partner/Co-Founder of Outbound Ventures LLC, a private equity and venture capital firm in New York City, New York.
Established in 2015, Outbound Ventures LLC is a finance company with “…an estimated 5 employees. Their management level is C-Level. With a revenue of $1.1 million.“
In 2016, Mr. Jameel “Jimmy” Alexander Thermiotis graduated from Florida International University in Miami, Florida where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business.
After graduating from university, Mr. Thermiotis, worked at DPM, an asset management firm based in New York City, from 2016-2018.
From 2018-2020, Mr. Thermiotis was employed with the company, AMARLA, as the Head of Business Development with its headquarters in Athens, Greece. The company is one of the largest boutique retailers operating in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Mr. Thermiotis is the son of Ms. Corina Hernández Pérez Rendiles and Mr. George Alexander Thermiotis Filesari of Caracas, Venezuela. He has two siblings, Alejandro and Alexia.
Photos courtesy of the Hashemite royal court/HRH Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan /Instagram
Credit must be given to Marlene Eilers Koenig regarding information about Mr. Jameel “Jimmy” Alexander Thermiotis.
On Monday, May 30, 2022, the BBC interviewed His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan about Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her upcoming Platinum Jubilee.
In the interview, His Majesty King Abdullah II reflected on the strong ties of friendship between the two royal families, stressing pride in the distinguished relations between Jordan and the United Kingdom.
His Majesty commended the consistency and perseverance which have characterized Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in service of her nation.
Also during the interview, the King wished Queen Elizabeth II good health, and the people of the United Kingdom continued progress and prosperity.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan attended an official ceremony marking Jordan’s 76th Independence Day held at Al Husseiniya Palace in Amman.
The ceremony was also attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, Her Royal Highness Princess Iman bint Abdullah II, His Royal Highness Prince Hasham bin Abdullah II, Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al-Hussein as well as a number of Royal family members, senior officials and officers, and members of the diplomatic corps.
According to the Hashemite Royal Court during yesterday’s celebrations, His Majesty King Abdullah II bestowed “…royal medals on a number of distinguished Jordanian institutions and individuals, in appreciation of their services for the country and its people.”
On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan visited the Jordan River Designs Showroom in Amman. The purpose of the visit was to follow up on the Jordan River Foundation’s (JRF) social enterprises, including the latest Jordan River Designs and Al Karma Kitchen projects.
During Her Majesty’s meeting with the JRF Director-General, Ms. Enaam Barrishi and other staff members, Her Majesty Queen Rania received a briefing on the achievements and future plans of Jordan River Designs and Al Karma Kitchen, including its efforts to begin exporting food items to regional markets abroad, and expand the number of female beneficiaries employed by these projects.
Her Majesty also met with women working in Al Karma Kitchen, an empowerment initiative that produces and sells a variety of food items prepared by local community women. Her Majesty expressed her admiration for the women’s hard work as they shared their success stories and the challenges they have met along the way.
“It makes me so happy to hear people say that your food is just as good as homemade food and even better,” Her Majesty told the women. “That’s just proof that you put your heart into your work!” She added.
Her Majesty Queen Rania also noted that:
“…each beneficiary represents a model of the successful and hardworking Jordanian woman who supports her family and insists on being part of society’s fabric of productive women.I would like you to be just as proud of yourselves as I am of you, and of everything you do for your families. Your success paves the way for the empowerment of many other women in Jordan..”
Through its series of social enterprises, the Jordan River Foundation hopes to revive traditional cooking and Bedouin-inspired arts and crafts. The foundation currently provides thousands of Jordanian women with livelihoods and a stable source of income, and in 2021 alone it managed to create over 660 employment opportunities through initiatives like Al Karma Kitchen and Jordan River Designs.
On Friday, May 13, 2022, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan met with the President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, at the White House in Washington, D.C. reaffirming ties of friendship and the strategic partnership between the two countries.
During the meeting His Majesty The King expressed appreciation for the United States’ ongoing support for Jordan across all sectors, to enable the Kingdom of Jordan to continue its economic development endeavors and its efforts toward regional stability.
Other issues discussed included the latest regional and international developments including the crisis in Ukraine and its impact on international peace and security, the global economy, ways to deepen Jordanian-US ties and bolsterer economic and development cooperation, especially through regional integration in infrastructure, energy, water, and climate projects, so that Jordan functions as a hub for this cooperation and investment, and regional as well as international efforts to fight terrorism and reach political solutions to regional crises.
The two sides stressed the importance of maintaining coordination and consultation to continue bolstering the historical partnership between Jordan and the United States.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan, met with the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Ms. Nancy Pelosi, in Washington, D.C.
The meeting covered the latest regional developments, with His Majesty stressing the need for Middle East countries to work collectively to counter food security challenges, in addition to high prices.
Turning to the Palestinian cause, His Majesty reaffirmed the need to jumpstart the peace process and relaunch negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, on the basis of the two-state solution, guaranteeing the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The meeting also covered means of reaching political solutions to regional crises, retaining security and stability for the people of the region, in addition to efforts to counter-terrorism.
US House leadership commended the deeply-rooted historical relations between Jordan and the United States, as well as the Kingdom’s pivotal role in promoting regional stability and achieving peace.