Al Arabiya News, 18 November 2016 - Foreign ministers of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ministers, unanimously, approved, during an emergency meeting held in Makkah, the election of Yusuf bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen as the new Secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Saudi Arabia proposed his name following the resignation of immediate past Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani on health ground, according to a foreign ministry statement.
He stressed that this is great confidence delegated to him and pledged to enhance promoting solidarity amongst member states and bolstering joint Islamic action, further forward.
The new elected OIC chief served as minister of social affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He previously worked as Secretary-General of the King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Foundation for Housing Development; and General Manager of the Charity Committee for Orphans Care (Ensign) in Riyadh. HE holds a Ph.D. in sociology, major in Social Welfare, from the American University in the United States. Prior to that, he received Masters of Sociology from the University of Ohio in 1982 and Bachelor of Arts from the University of King Saud with First Class Honours.
He also served as board member of the Social Charity Fund; and the Board of Trustees of the Prince Salman Centre for Disability Research, in addition to his chairmanship of the Government Disabled Services Coordination Committee.