Hussein Majali

Jordanian general and former Interior Minister

Hussein Majali is Executive Vice Chairman, Middle East and North Africa at Magellan Global Advisers. Prior to co-founding Magellan in early 2016, Hussein served in a variety of leadership roles in the Jordanian Government and military for over 30 years before retiring at the rank of a four-star general.

Hussein's last senior appointment in Government was as Minister of the Interior and Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs between 2013 and 2015. As Minister of the Interior, Hussein had overall responsibility for the internal security affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom at a time when Jordan faced renewed border security and terrorist threats from terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda and the emergence of the so-called Islamic State (Daesh). He also oversaw Jordan's response to the rapid escalation of the Syrian refugee crisis, playing a led role coordinating and partnering with United Nations and humanitarian relief organizations on the establishment and expansion of the Zaatari refugee camp as well as the systems and capabilities required to process and facilitate over one million refugee arrivals.

Hussein played a key role in advancing the Government's strategic priority of decentralizing power to local municipalities. He prepared the legislative and regulatory framework for decentralization, subsequently passed into law by Parliament, as well as the Municipal Elections Law and the organization of successful municipal elections in August 2013.

Between 2010 and 2013 Hussein served as Head of the Jordanian Public Security Directorate (the national police service). During that time Hussein designed and led the police response to over 17,000 protest rallies and marches across the Kingdom during the Arab Spring period. As a result of Hussein's 'soft security' approach there were no civilian deaths or serious injuries in Jordan during the Arab Spring movement; an achievement commended by the international media and subsequently studied by police services around the world.

From 2005 to 2010, before being recalled to Jordan to assume leadership of the Public Security Directorate, Hussein served as Jordan's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain during which time he deepened the historically strong economic and security ties between the two countries. Prior to his diplomatic appointment, Hussein served both King Hussein and King Abdullah II with distinction for over a decade in a number of capacities. He Commanded the Royal Guards Brigade, was Special Security Group Commander to His Majesty King Hussein and served as Commandant of the Royal Military Academy.

Hussein is a graduate of The Citadel Military College of South Carolina and Mu'ta University in Jordan. He has been decorated with military and civil honours by Jordan, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, France and Bahrain and is currently a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Award for Arab Security / Council of Arab Interior Ministers. Hussein has also lectured at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and Defense and advised the US and German Ministries of Defense on terrorist organizations and organized terrorist crime.

Hussein Majali