Press Release

Anera Names Four New Board Members

May 12, 2009 | Washington, DC – Anera (American Near East Refugee Aid) is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its Board of Directors.

Marleine Davis is Director of Government Relations for Motorola where she works on Motorola’s government affairs strategy and business development initiatives in the Middle East. Davis has more than two decades of experience in management and business development. Prior to joining Motorola, she was Director of Operations for the National-US Arab Chamber of Commerce.

George DeBakey is Director of Business Development for ePals and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce. ePals is the largest online community of K-12 learners, enabling over half a million educators and millions of students across 200 countries and territories to safely connect, exchange ideas, and work together. Earlier in his business career, he was one of the founders of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt when he was General Manager of the Rockwell International office in Cairo.

Nadia Hijab is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies. She manages her own business, Development Analysis and Communication Services, and has worked with several UN and other international organizations. Hijab has authored a variety of publications and reports on gender, human development, and human rights.

Judith Judd is a lawyer and journalist, currently residing in Colorado. She has years of experience living and working the Middle East in the fields of education and development. Judd was one of the first women administrators at Princeton University when she held the post of Assistant Director of Development.

“Each of our new board members brings with them a wealth of experience and knowledge of the Middle East and humanitarian outreach, “ said Anera President Bill Corcoran. “We are fortunate to have them on Anera’s Board.”