H.E. Professor Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation

Ihsanoglu is Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the largest intergovernmental Muslim organisation in the world, and the second largest public organisation after the United Nations. Under Ihsanoglu’s leadership the organisation’s remit has widened from its previously staple issues of Islamic solidarity towards more immediate humanitarian concerns of economic and social deprivation around the Muslim world, making the organisation more akin to the United Nations in its work. In January 2010, Ihsanoglu called for the creation of a Peace & Security Council as well as an Islamic Court of Justice to adjudicate between member states of the OIC. He will be retiring in December 2013.


Voice for the Muslim World

Ihsanoglu is influential in that he leads the only pan-Islamic intergovernmental organization in the world. The OIC often has more influence over certain issues than other organizations do, and can have a key role to play in world events—being more inclusive than the Arab League and also able to tackle specific injustices that the United Nations Security Council cannot.

Reviving the OIC

Under Ihsanoglu’s leadership the organization’s remit has widened from its previously staple issues of Islamic solidarity towards more immediate humanitarian concerns of economic and social deprivation around the Muslim world, making the organization more akin to the United Nations in its work. In January 2010, Ihsanoglu called for the creation of a Peace & Security Council as well as an Islamic Court of Justice to adjudicate between member states of the OIC.

Birth: 26 December 1943 (Age: 70)

Source of Influence: ,

Influence: Leader of an organization comprised of 57 Muslim-majority states.

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Status: Featured in current year

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