From WhiteHouse.gov: President Bush Meets with Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference
From U.S Department of State: Special Envoy, Organization of the Islamic Conference
WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President George W. Bush will formally announce Wednesday that Texas entrepreneur Sada Cumber will be the first US envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the White House said.
Bush, who first indicated in June 2007 that he would send an envoy to the OIC, was to meet with Cumber and then make his choice public at 2:10 pm (1910 GMT), spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters.
“It is an important organization, it has a constructive role to play in the world, and the president is signalling our desire to have a greater dialogue with the organization as well as Muslims around the world,” she said.
Cumber is currently chairman and chief executive officer of wireless imaging company SozoTek.
Asked why Bush’s search for an envoy had taken as long as it had, Perino replied: “He wanted to find the right person and he found that in Sada Cumber.”
More info on Sada Cumber’s community involvement
Earlier Ismailimail blog post
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Cumber, a native of Pakistan, is the first U.S. envoy to the organization. He has founded six companies in 25 years. He was previously CEO of Psionic Technologies Inc., an Internet security software company that Cisco Systems Inc. acquired in 2002, and he’s active in the Ismaili Muslim community in Austin. — Austin American Statesman