Joe Biden, President of the United States has nominated Rashad Hussain as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
Rashad is an Indian American. Now he is likely to be the first Muslim to head US diplomacy for advancing religious liberties.
Rashad Hussain is Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement at the National Security Council. He has also previously served as Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, as per a White House statement.
Also, Rashad Hussain has served as US Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, and Deputy Associate White House Counsel during Barack Obama’s Presidency.
Hussain, in the capacity of an envoy, has worked with multilateral organizations such as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and UNO, foreign governments, and civil society organizations. He has had his role in expanding partnerships in education, entrepreneurship, health, international security, science, and technology, and other areas.
Most importantly, Rashad Hussain has previously also spearheaded efforts on countering antisemitism and protecting religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries.
Prior to working in the Obama administration, he had been serving as a judicial law clerk to Damon Keith on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.