Hussein al-Sheikh, born in 1960 in Ramallah, was elected to the Fatah Central Committee in 2009. He is the head of the General Authority of Civil Affairs and previously served in the Palestinian Authority (PA) as minister for the coordination of civil affairs between 2013 and 2019. In this capacity, he served as the primary contact with Israeli authorities regarding civilian matters in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Following the 2014 Gaza war, al-Sheikh was appointed as the PA’s representative on the trilateral Gaza reconstruction committee alongside Israeli and Egyptian representatives. Hussain Sheikh is also a member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) and the PLO Central Council.
Also spelt Hussain Sheikh