Indian-American attorney Rashad Hussain has been nominated as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom by the Joe Biden-administration.
In a statement on Friday, the White House said, “Today’s announcement underscores the President’s commitment to build an administration that looks like America and reflects people of all faiths. Hussain is the first Muslim to be nominated to serve as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.”
Rashad Hussain, 41, is currently the Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement at the National Security Council. He has previously served as a Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice’s National Security Division.
During the Obama Administration, Rashad Hussain served as the US Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), US Special Envoy for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, and Deputy Associate White House Counsel.
In his roles as envoy, Rashad Hussain worked with multilateral organisations such as the OIC and UN, foreign governments, and civil society organisations to expand partnerships in education, entrepreneurship, health, international security, science and technology, and other areas.
Rashad Hussain also spearheaded efforts on countering anti-semitism and protecting religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Rashad Hussain worked on the House Judiciary Committee, served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Damon Keith on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was an Associate Counsel to the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
Rashad Hussain received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and Master’s degrees in Public Administration (Kennedy School of Government) and Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University.
Rashad Hussain has also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.
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