Asma al-Assad

First Lady of Syria

Asma al-Assad born 11 August 1975, née Asma al-Akhras, is the British-Syrian First Lady of Syria. Born, raised and educated in the United Kingdom by Syrian-born parents, she graduated from King's College London in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in computer science and French literature. She briefly pursued a career in international investment banking before moving to Syria to marry President Bashar al-Assad in December 2000.… Read More

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1975 Birth Born on August 11, 1975.


1996 20 Years Old 1 More Event
She was born to Syrian-born parents, raised and educated in the United Kingdom, and graduated from King's College London in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in computer science and French literature.
1998 22 Years Old After graduating from King's College London, she started work as an economics analyst at Deutsche Bank Group in the hedge fund management division with clients in Europe and East Asia. In 1998 she joined the investment banking division of J.P. Morgan where she worked on a team that specialized in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. … Read More
2000 24 Years Old 1 More Event
She reconnected with Bashar al-Assad, the future president of Syria and a longtime family friend, while he was studying ophthalmology in London, and they remained in touch. After Syrian President Hafez al-Assad's death in June 2000, Bashar took over the presidency, as Hafez's intended heir, Bashar's brother, had died in a car accident in 1994. Asma moved to Syria in November 2000 and married Bashar in December of that year. … Read More
2005 29 Years Old …  Much of her modern day image involves public questioning about her role in Syria's governance alongside her husband, particularly in contrast to the programs she implemented within the country before the conflict; media reports include questions such as, "What are the chances that some of the thousands who have been killed, wounded, or imprisoned during the current unrest were involved in Massar, the organization that she founded in 2005 to involve young people in active citizenship?" The following remark addresses such claims:


A serious blow has been dealt to her public image since the Syrian Civil War intensified in early 2012, as the first lady was criticized for remaining silent throughout the beginning of the Syrian uprising.
She made a public appearance at the Damascus Opera House for an event called "Mother's Rally" on 18 March 2013, refuting the rumors.
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