Rashad Hussain was appointed Special Envoy for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications by President Obama in 2015. Previously he was the first Indian-American to be appointed Deputy Associate Counsel to the president. He is a former trial attorney at the US Department of Justice, a former legislative assistant to the House Judiciary Committee, and a former editor of the Yale Law Journal. Hussain was named the US envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference in March 2010. He is lauded for his balance of secular and religious leadership as a young Muslim lawyer and hafiz (one who has memorised the entire Qur’an), playing a key role in advising the American President on US-Muslim world affairs.
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