Rashad Hussain among 500 Influential Muslims, Biden nominated him as Religious Rights Envoy
Mr. Rashad Hussain who has roots in Bihar, India was nominated as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, by the President Joe Biden. If this nomination approved by the Senate he will be the first Muslim to head US diplomacy for advancing religious liberties, the White House said in a statement.
Mr.Rashad Hussain previously served as Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. Hussain, who has a law degree from Yale University and a master’s in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University, has also worked with the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.
He pursued a master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic studies at Harvard University. He is known for outlining a strategy for countering terrorist propaganda emphasizing a shift to non-governmental messaging and helped develop messaging centers in the UAE, Nigeria, Malaysia, and in Saudi Arabia, and helped set up the framework for the U.S. Global Engagement Center.
In 2009, Rashad Hussain was named one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims as he was the first Indian-American to be appointed Deputy Associate Counsel to President Obama. The White House in a statement said, Hussain is the first Muslim to be nominated to serve as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the White House said
During Obama's administration he served as US Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), for Strategic Counter-terrorism Communications, and Deputy Associate White House Counsel. Rashad also spearheaded efforts on countering antisemitism and protecting religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries," the White House stated in its statement.
Though Hussain was born in Wyoming and was raised in Plano, Texas, he has roots in India. Hussain’s father, a mining engineer, moved from Bihar, India, to Wyoming in the late 1960s. His mother is an obstetrician in Plano.