OIC member states elect Amb. Hussein Ibrahim Taha as new Sec-Gen

The 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation elected Ambassador Hussein Ibrahim Taha of Chad as the new OIC Secretary-General for a five-year term that will commence by November 17, 2021.
Taha was elected to lead the OIC, the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, as the new secretary-general by consensus during the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CMF) on November 27-28, 2020.

Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, the current OIC Secretary-General congratulated Taha and wished for his success to continue promoting joint Islamic Action in the interest of peoples and countries of the Islamic world.

Born in 1951 in Abeche, Chad, Taha is a diplomat and politician who started his career in 1979 at the Foreign Ministry of Chad and headed the Directorate of Economy and International Relations.

He was appointed as undersecretary to the Embassy of Chad in Saudi Arabia in 1990.

The incoming OIC head was appointed as Chad's Ambassador to Taiwan in 2001. His career as diplomat continued until 2017 as the ambassador to France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and the Vatican.

In 2017, he became Chad's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and was appointed as an Adviser to the President and Deputy Secretary General in 2019.

This November 2020, the Chadian government nominated him for the OIC General Secretary post. (Sources:, &