Bush names Sada Cumber as envoy to Organization of the Islamic Conference

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
AFP China View KXNews Reuters AP Time.com Boston GlobeWashington PostCSPAN VideoMike Ghouse, World Muslim CongressAssociated Press of PakistanThe Dawn BlogThe Buffalo NewsYahoo NewsIHTDawn NewsThe HinduVOAYahoo Photo 1, 2, 3The Weekly Standard (with more details)Secretary General OIC receives SadaIran criticizesRice to host receptionReception in Honor, speech by Secretary of State Condoleezza RiceCNN Reports on receptionReception VideoBBC reports from Senegal

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

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26 thoughts

  1. Heartfelt Congratulations to Mr. Sada Cumber and his family. I am sure that this is a wonderful opportunity and great honor for him to serve in such a capacity. In the year of the Golden Jubilee of our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam, and to see this well deserved appointment from President Bush himself. Mr. Cumber, Well Deserved. All the best and regards.

    Ebrahim Valliani – Chicago, IL


  2. Congratulations to Sada Cumber and his family.We hope that Mowla give him courage fullfill his responsibilities


  3. Dear Sada,

    I and my wife are very happy to learn that you have been appointed special ambassador by USA Government as a representitive to remove the misunderstanding about USA and Islamic countries.

    May God give you wisdom,strength and knowledge in your mission.

    With Kind regards,

    Jenuma and Mansoorali,
    Shah Ali Colony,
    Garden East,


  4. Dear Sada,

    Congratulations to you and your family on the appointment as the first US envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

    May Mowla give you strength to fulfill this mission.

    Yasmin Mansoor
    Garden East,


  5. Heartiest congratulations and Best Wishes to Sada. He brought glory to our Ismaili Community the world wide.
    Amin Lalani – Karachi Pakistan.


  6. Mr. Sada Cumber’s mission is challenging, having to represent a country that is very unpopular because of its foreign policy. He might also be viewed with suspicison by certain mainstream Muslims in the USA (especially as he comes from a minority Shia community) who might wonder why on earth he was chosen as the US delegate to an important meeting of Muslim leaders. I don’t know what his mandate entails but I would assume it will include some collaborative work with divergent Muslim groups and intellectuals so as to represent US interests, Muslim and non-muslim, at this conference. We certainly wish him well in this major responsibility granted to him by President Bush.


  7. February 28, 2008
    Congratulations on this most important appointment. There is much work to be done to build bridges of understanding and remove the clash of ignorance.
    A North American perspective is a fresh breeze in the important role of Islam in the modern world. The mission will hopefully bring the perspective from Muslim countries to the USA to have a more balanced and objective US foreign policy .
    Dr Zul and Salma Rahim. West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


  8. We are really proud of you Mr.Cumber. You made us recognize that we are the most moderate Muslims. May your faith be more strong and you find courage in everything you do. Our best wishes and prayers are there for your success.


  9. Dear Sada,
    We all are very proud of you,and congratulate you and your family on this very important event in your life,we pray for success in your endeavours .
    With Regards
    Seema and Tufail Suteria


  10. Congratulations his Excellency
    As a muslim american I very proud of you and wish you the best.
    I am from Dakar, Senegal.
    Should you have any question, feel free to contact me.
    Thank you.


  11. Hello Sada, I am very proud of your accomplishments and your recent appointment.

    Best of luck old friend. I know you’ll do good.

    “Voice from your past !”
    Raza Meherally
    Vancouver BC


  12. Dear Mr. Cumber,

    Please accept heartiest Mubarakbadi on your appointment. You are a role model for the rest of us.

    From Farishta Family we want to pray for your success.

    Best Regards

    Farishta Family
    San Jose, California


    Please accept Our heartiest CONGRATS & BESTEST WISHES on your appointment. You have well deserved this after all the hardwork & EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE in your CAREER’s.
    You are DEFINITELY in all means a ROLE MODEL for ALL of us, especially the NEW & UPCOMING GENERATION.


  14. A little late but nevertheless, comes from the heart.
    Sada, you have made us proud.
    Congratulations on your appointment which is very well earned and deserved. Wishing you the best for success in your new mission.
    From the Shallwani family, with happiness.


  15. We are proud of the great achievement done by our fellow ismaili, on the arena of American Politics. We salute you and pray to MHI to give you courgae and strength.


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