Each year the Saïd Foundation Achievement Prize is awarded to an individual judged to have contributed significantly to the development of the region and to have shown the positive impact of their studies as a Saïd Foundation scholar. The first prize was awarded in 1995 and to date 24 alumni have been recognised by the Foundation.
At the Saïd Foundation’s annual dinner on 22 June, Jonathan Aitken, Trustee of the Foundation, announced that the winner of the Saïd Foundation’s Alumni Achievement Prize for 2019 was Dr Salma Nims from Jordan.
The Saïd Foundation supported Salma to study for an MSc in Environmentally Sustainable Development in 1997/98. On completion of her masters the Foundation further supported Salma to pursue a PhD in Development Planning which she completed between 1999 and 2004.
On return to Jordan Salma’s career shifted towards gender relations and development and she has worked in these areas for the last 12 years. She has held a range of senior positions for several NGOs and national bodies. Her most significant appointment is her current role as Secretary General for the Jordanian National Commission for Women. Under her leadership the Commission has been involved in the abolishment and amendment of two laws meaning further protection of women's rights in Jordan.
As a human rights activist, Salma has dedicated her professional career to tackling gender inequality in Jordan. Within her current role she demonstrated clear leadership through the two main law changes that her organisation has been able bring about.