Asma al-Assad

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Asma al-Assad is the First Lady of Syria

Aug 11, 1975

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Personal Details

  • Birthday: August 11, 1975
  • Nationality: Syrian, British
  • Famous: First Lady of Syria, Miscellaneous, First Ladies
  • Spouses: Bashar al-Assad
  • Known as: Asma Akhras
  • Childrens: Hafez al-Assad
  • Universities:
    • King's College London

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Birth Place

Asma al-Assad was born as Asma Akhras on 11 August 1975 in London, the United Kingdom to Fawaz Akhras, a cardiologist, and Sahar Otri, a retired diplomat. She studied at Twyford Church of England High School and Queen's College, London. Later, she attended King's College London, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science as well as a diploma in French literature in 1996. The Frist Lady has three children with her husband Bashar al-Assad: Hafez, Zein and Karim.

Personal Life

After graduating from King's College London in 1996, Asma began serving in the Deutsche Bank Group as an economics analyst. In 1998, she joined J.P. Morgan’s investment banking division where she worked in a group specializing in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Career before Marriage

In December 2000, Asma Akhras married Bashar al-Assad, the President of Syria, and became Asma al-Assad. As the First Lady of Syria, she travelled throughout Syria to about 100 villages to strategize her future policies. She went on to create numerous organizations under the Syrian Trust for Development, the charity sector of the government. Some of these organizations are SHABAB (business skills for youth), FIRDOS (rural micro-credit), RAWAFED (cultural development), BASMA (helping children with cancer), the Syrian Development Research Centre and the Syrian Organization for the Disabled, to name a few.

Service as the First Lady of Syria

A serious blow has been dealt to Asma al-Assad’s public image since the Syrian Civil War intensified in 2012. She was criticized for remaining silent throughout the beginning of the revolt. The First Lady issued her first official statement in the media in February 2012, almost a year after the first serious protests.

Syrian Civil War

In March 2012, the European Union froze her assets and banned her from travelling in the EU. She is still able to travel to the United Kingdom because of her British citizenship despite being banned from entering the rest of the European Union.

Syrian Civil War

Since July 2012, the First Lady had not been seen in public, giving rise to speculations that she had fled the country. However, she made a public appearance on 18 March 2013, at the Damascus Opera House, refuting the rumors. As of November 2016, she continued to update her Instagram handle with pictures of her being engaged in community services.

Syrian Civil War