H.E. Amb. Hissein Ibrahim Taha, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), assumed office on November 17, 2021, at the OIC’s General Secretariat headquarters in Jeddah. H.E. Amb. Hissein Taha was elected in November 2020 during the Forty-Seventh Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Niamey, Republic of Niger, as a representative of the African Group, as per the geographical rotation of the office of the OIC’s Secretary-General. The said session elected him as the new OIC’s Secretary-General for five years, starting November 2021.
H.E. Amb. Hissein Taha is a Chadian diplomat who had held several positions in his country, including Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration, and International Cooperation, Minister (Assistant Deputy Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Republic), Diplomatic Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic, Minister Plenipotentiary, and Ambassador Extraordinary to France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and the Holy See. He also served as a Senior Advisor at the Embassy of the Republic of Chad in Saudi Arabia.
Diplomas and certificates
- 1965 – Certificate of primary school
- 1972 – International Baccalaureate
- 1978 – Diploma in Languages and Oriental Civilization Institute In Paris (France)
H.E. Amb. Hissein Taha was awarded the National Order of Chad (Knight), which is the preeminent order of merit of the Republic of Chad, the French National Order of the Legion of Honour (Officer), the highest French order of merit, and the honorary ambassador merit.
- Knight of the national Order Merit in Chad.
- Officer of the Legion of Honor of France.
- Honorific ambassador of Republic of Chad.
The new OIC Secretary-General, speaks French, Arabic, and English.