Iyad bin Amin Madani

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Iyad bin Amin Madani
Iyad bin Amin Madani 2014.jpg
10th Secretary-General of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
In office
31 January 2014 – 1 November 2016
Preceded byEkmeleddin İhsanoğlu
Succeeded byYousef Al-Othaimeen
Minister of Information and Culture
In office
14 February 2005 – 14 February 2009
Prime MinisterKing Fahd
King Abdullah
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byAbdulaziz Khoja
Minister of Hajj
In office
2 March 1999 – 14 February 2005
Prime MinisterKing Fahd
Preceded byMahmud Mohame
Succeeded byFoad Farsi
Personal details
Born (1946-04-26) 26 April 1946 (age 73)
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
NationalitySaudi Arabian
Political partyIndependent
Alma materArizona State University
WebsiteOfficial website

Iyad bin Amin Madani (born April 1946) is a Saudi public figure who served in different cabinet posts. He was the secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation from 2014 to November 2016. He was the first Saudi official to hold that position.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Madani was born in Mecca in April 1946.[1][2] He holds a bachelor's degree in production administration, which he obtained from Arizona State University in 1969.[1][3]


Madani began his career as general director in a Saudi Airlines administrative office in 1970.[2][3] Then, he joined media; he was editor-in-chief of Saudi Gazette until 1999, the first editor of the daily.[4] At the same time he served as general director of the Okaz Organization for Press and Publication until his resignation in April 1993.[2]

He was appointed to the shoura council as a member.[5] He served there until 1999 when he was appointed hajj minister.[5] He was in office as Hajj minister from 1999 to February 2005.[6][7] Next, he was appointed minister of culture and information in February 2005, replacing Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al Farsi, who in turn became Hajj minister.[8] On 1 August 2005, Madani as information minister announced the death of King Fahd on state television.[9] Madani was elected as the head of the Islamic International News Agency (IINA) and the Organization of Islamic Broadcasting in 2007.[10] He was in office as information minister until 2009 when he was replaced by Abdulaziz Al Khoja in the post.[11] During his tenure, Madani drew criticisms from Saudi clerics due to his tolerance towards the publications that were questioning the strong effects of the religious establishment in Saudi Arabia.[12][13]

Then Madani was appointed chairman of the board of directors of Knowledge Economic City in Madinah on 10 March 2012, replacing Sami Mohsen Baroum.[6][14] He also served as vice president of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Foundation for housing development.[14]

In November 2012, Saudi Arabia nominated Madani to the post of secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the 39th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC member states in Djibouti.[15] On 2 February 2013, Arab News reported that Madani would replace Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu as secretary-general of the OIC.[16] His appointment was officially announced after the 12th Summit of the OIC in Cairo on 8 February 2013.[4] Madani's term as secretary general of OIC was effective in January 2014.[17]

He resigned in October 2016, citing health issues, following Egyptian complaints after he mocked Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for claiming to have had only water in his fridge for much of his life.[18][19]


Foreign honour[edit]


Madani was awarded by the Malaysian government the prize, the Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (Knight of the Most Distinguished Order of Crown), in March 2009 due to his efforts in reinforcing solidarity of Muslim Ummah and his significant contributions in supporting the Saudi-Malaysian ties.[21]


  1. ^ a b c "OIC head to hand over seat to Iyad Madani". Anadolu Agency. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "New OIC Chief Iyad Madani". Asharq Alawsat. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Bringing everyone together". Arizona State University. September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Madani elected as new OIC chief". Saudi Gazette. Cairo. 8 February 2013. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b Abdul Ghafour, P K. (13 April 2003). "Cabinet Reshuffle Likely Next Month — Report". Arab News. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Knowledge Economic City announces the appointment of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors". Knowledge Economic City. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  7. ^ "New Ministers Take Oath". Saudi Gazette. 17 February 2005. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle affects four ministries". Samirad. 8 February 2005. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  9. ^ Samh, Rasheed Aboul (4–10 August 2005). "Smooth succession". Al Ahram Weekly. 754. Archived from the original on 26 March 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  10. ^ "IINA, Organization of Islamic Broadcasting boards meet in Riyadh Tuesday". The Daily Star. Riyadh. KUNA. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Saudi king overhauls the country's leadership". Al Arabiya. Riyadh. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Saudi King reshuffles ministries". TVNZ. 15 March 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  13. ^ "Saudi woman becomes deputy minister". Al Jazeera. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Saudi- Iyad Madani likely to be next OIC secretary-general". MENAFN. Arab News. 3 February 2013. Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  15. ^ "39th Session of OIC Foreign Ministers Council issues Djibouti Declaration". Embassy od Saudi Arabia. 17 November 2012. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  16. ^ Abdul Ghafour, P. K. (2 February 2013). "Iyad Madani set to become OIC chief". Arab News. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  17. ^ El Redy, Ibrahim (4 February 2013). "Exclusive: Iyad Madani Set to Become OIC Chief as of Jan 2014". Amwal Al Ghad. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  18. ^ "As Egypt quarrels with Saudi Arabia, it is finding new friends". The Economist. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Secretary-General of pan-Islamic bloc quits after mocking Egyptian president". Independent. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  20. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  21. ^ Khan, Ghazanfar Ali (5 March 2009). "Malaysian honor for Iyad Madani". Arab News. Riyadh. Retrieved 10 February 2013.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu
Secretary General of the OIC
Succeeded by