Asma Al-Assad born 11 August 1975; née Asma Al-Akhras is the British-born First Lady of Syria. She moved to Syria to marry Bashar Al-Assad in December 2000, having previously pursued a career in investment banking.
Asma Al-Akhras was born in London, daughter of Fawaz Akhras, a consultant cardiologist at the Cromwell Hospital, London, and retired diplomat Sahar Otri Al-Akhras. Her parents are Sunni and of Syrian origin, originally coming from Homs. She grew up in Acton where she went to a local Church of England state school. She finished her schooling at Queen’s College in London, attended King’s College London, and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Diploma in French Literature.
After university, she started work at Deutsche Bank Group in the hedge fund management division with clients in Europe and the East Asia. In 1998, she joined the investment banking division of J.P. Morgan, specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
Asma met Bashar Al-Assad during his studies in London. After Hafez Al-Assad’s death in 2000, Bashar Al-Assad took over the presidency of Syria. She immigrated to Syria in November 2000 and married Bashar Al-Assad in December of the same year.