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Mohamed ElBaradei

The former head of the UN nuclear watchdog is considering running for president in Egypt. But how is the popular ElBaradei linked to the First Lady of Syria (via one of Egypt’s most outspoken MPs)?

March 24, 2010 2:05 by

Asma al-Assad

Asma al-Assad, the daughter of a prominent Syrian cardiologist, was raised in the London suburb of West Acton. She attended King’s College London, from which she received a degree in computer science.

Her professional CV includes stints with Deutsche Bank and the investment banking division of JP Morgan, where she reportedly specialized in corporate mergers and acquisitions.

In her official role, Syria’s first lady is active in economic development projects – particularly rural development – and is credited with founding the country’s first NGO dedicated to rural development, The Fund for Integrated Rural Development of Syria.

Her other interests include women in business, literacy, children with special needs, and sustainable development initiatives.


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