Isra Bhatty, Soros Fellowship Recipient

April 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Isra-Bhatty Isra Bhatty is currently a Rhodes Scholar and DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford, where she received an MSc in evidence based social intervention with distinction last summer.  After studying economics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, Bhatty went on to Yale Law School, where she will continue as a second-year student in the fall.  Drawing on her family’s own experiences, Isra has organized and led efforts to promote inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the United States.

As an undergraduate, Bhatty coordinated a number of inner-city programs on the south side of Chicago and has continued to work with at-risk youth during her time in the U.K.  She has worked with the Department of Homeland Security on projects focused on countering radicalization and violent extremism. She aspires to combine her research at the University of Oxford and her legal training at Yale to address two problems faced by our criminal justice system: the dearth of research establishing the effectiveness of intervention initiatives, and the subsequent failure of policy makers to identify and implement proven programs. Bhatty and her parents are naturalized citizens.

Bhatty is married to Rashad Hussain, the US envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference.


President Obama Announces Special Envoy to the Organization for Islamic Conference

February 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

White House Press Release of February 13, 2010

WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama appointed Rashad Hussain to serve as his Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Comprised of over 50 member states, the OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organization in the world. As Special Envoy to the OIC, Rashad Hussain will deepen and expand the partnerships that the United States has pursued with Muslims around the world since President Obama’s speech in Cairo last June.

President Obama said, “I’m proud to announce today that I am appointing my Special Envoy to the OIC—Rashad Hussain. As an accomplished lawyer and a close and trusted member of my White House staff, Rashad has played a key role in developing the partnerships I called for in Cairo. And as a hafiz of the Qur’an, he is a respected member of the American Muslim community, and I thank him for carrying forward this important work.”

Rashad Hussain biography

Rashad Hussain is presently Deputy Associate Counsel to President Obama. His work at the White House focuses on national security, new media, and science and technology issues. Mr. Hussain has also worked with the National Security Staff in pursuing the New Beginning that President Obama outlined in his June 2009 address in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Hussain previously served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hussain was a legislative assistant on the House Judiciary Committee, where he focused on national security-related issues. Mr. Hussain received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Upon graduation, he served as a Law Clerk to Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Hussain also earned his Master’s degrees in Public Administration (Kennedy School of Government) and Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University. He attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.