Board of Directors


Joseph P. Saba, Chair
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University; Senior Advisor, Consultant for Operations in Conflict Fragile States

Jean Glock, Vice-Chair
President & Owner, JNG Worldwide

Teresa Barger,Treasurer
Founding CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Cartica Capital

Murad Siam, Secretary
Managing Director, IDS Real Estate Group, Inc.

William Corcoran, President and CEO*
Donna Diane, CFO*
Ellen Giordano, Vice President*
Maggie Forster Schmitz, Vice President*

George Doumar, Legal Counsel*

* Ex Officio Board Member

Board of Directors

Mary Lou Dunford Afifi
HR Consultant

Curtis Brand
Former Chairman, CEO, Mobil Saudi Arabia
Former Board Chair, ANERA

Sandra Charles
Senior Advisor, Dentons

Kenneth H. Close
CEO & Founding Partner, The Quincy Group

Leena El-Ali
Managing Partner, Bona Smarts, LLC

Mazen T. Farouki
President, UniTrans International, Inc.

Ilana Feldman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology, History & International Affairs, George Washington University

Jamie Gallagher
Founder, Gallagher Group, LLC

Jeffrey Ghannam, Esq.
Attorney and Counselor, Law Offices of Jeffrey Ghannam, PLLC

Edward “Skip” Gnehm, Jr.
Kuwait Professor & Director of the Middle East Policy Forum, Elliot School, George Washington University; Former Ambassador to Kuwait, Australia and Jordan

John M. Gurley
Partner, Arent Fox LLP

Lawrence A. Hamdan
Executive Chairman, Global Mergers and Acquisitions, Barclays Capital

Marwa Hassoun
International Trade Associate, Arent Fox LLP

Haig V. Kalbian
Partner & Co-founder,
Kalbian Hagerty, LLP

Alfred N. Khoury, M.D.
Director, INOVA Fairfax Hospital

Robert Anton Mertz, Ph.D.
Former Project Manager, World Bank


David Nygaard, Ph.D.
Professor of Economic Development
Georgetown University

John P. Richardson
ANERA President 1973 – 1977

Michael G. Sahouri
Vice President of Operations, Sahouri Insurance

James K. Sams
Principal, KPMG LLP

Edmund R. Saums
International Business & Government Affairs Consultant, Enterprise Solutions Consulting

Jay Schnitzer, MD, Ph.D
Senior Fellow; Director, Biomedical Sciences, The MITRE Corporation

Peter Schoettle, Ph.D.
Former Director of Policy Programs in Executive Education, Brookings Institution

Muna Shami, Ph.D.
Senior Research Analyst, American Institute for Research

Abdallah Simaika
Director, Business Affairs and Legal, Rally Health

David M. Sprague
Independent Education Consultant

Monica E. Tarazi
Attorney, Quinn Emanuel Erquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Robert H. Trice, Ph.D
Former Senior Vice President, Global Strategies and New Business, Lockheed Martin

Elena Turner
Partner, Pelorus Partners

Marcelle M. Wahba
President, DerMar International, LLC
Former Ambassador to the UAE