Indian-American Rashad Hussain was on 18 February 2015 appointed as Special Envoy and Coordinator for Strategic Counter-terrorism Communication in the United States (US). Hussain is currently the Special Envoy of the US to Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) and will hold both the posts.
Hussain will lead a staff drawn from a number of US departments and agencies to expand international engagement and partnerships to counter violent extremism and to develop strategic counterterrorism communications around the world.
In 2009, he served as the Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council and he has also worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Washington DC, where he prosecuted criminal cases.
For exceptionally outstanding service to the agencies of the US Government, he received the Distinguished Honor Award in January 2013.
The Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications was established in 2010. It was codified on 9 September 2011 by President Barack Obama's Executive Order 13584 to coordinate, orient, and inform government-wide strategic communications focused on violent extremists and terrorist organizations.
Who: Rashad Hussain
When: 18 February 2015