HRH Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia was the featured speaker at an LISD lunch seminar, "Reflections on the Middle East and the United States," on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. in 016 Robertson Hall.
Prince Turki served as the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the U.S. from September 13, 2005 until February 2, 2007. In 2002, he was appointed Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz. From 1977 to 2001, he served as the Director General of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), Saudi Arabia's main foreign intelligence service. He was appointed an Advisor in the Royal Court in 1973. In 1963, Prince Turki graduated from The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and subsequently pursued an undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Prince Turki is involved in a number of cultural and social activities. He is one of the founders of the King Faisal Foundation and is the chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. He is also co-chair of the C100 Group, which has been affiliated with the World Economic Forum since 2003.