Organisation: Muslim Brotherhood
Biography: Mahmoud Hussain was chosen by chairman Mohamed Badie as the movement’s secretary-general, one of the group’s most influential positions, on 21 January this year.
The 73-year-old has been arrested three times by the Egyptian authorities. Hussain, a professor of civil engineering at Egypt’s Assuit University, was previously responsible for human resources development at the group. Hussain was also head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s administrative office in Assuit. Hussain was later assigned to supervise the group’s activities in South Sinai.
He was elected to the Guidance Bureau in the group’s elections that took place in December 2009. Hussain’s appointment as secretary-general is said to reflect the group’s conscious move towards political conservatism. Like Badei and Mahmoud Ezzat, Hussain is considered a Qutibist and a supporter of the Palestinian resistance group, Hamas.