Press Release

Anera Names New Country Director for Lebanon

March 15, 2011 | Washington, DC  Anera (American Near East Refugee Aid) is pleased to announce that Samar El Yassir has joined the organization as Country Director in Lebanon.  Ms Yassir is an experienced development professional who has worked in Lebanon in the field of social development for more than 20 years.

Ms Yassir will supervise Anera’s programs in Lebanon, which range from health and education services to agriculture and water rehabilitation, vocational training and sustainable community development, as well as emergency relief and medical aid.

Prior to joining Anera, Ms Yassir was Country Representative for Diakonia, promoting, in partnership with civil society organizations, human rights, democracy, gender equality, peace and conflict transformation.  She also has managed programs in Lebanon for UNRWA and IMPACT and consulted with several organizations dealing in strategic planning and development.

“Samar’s knowledge of Lebanon and long association with the NGO community will strengthen Anera’s efforts to expand services that link Lebanese and Palestinian communities,” said Anera President Bill Corcoran.  “Her  commitment to improving the lives of Lebanese and Palestinians is a tremendous asset to Anera.”

The Beirut native is a graduate of American University of Beirut and has a post-graduate diploma from the University of London’s Institute of Child Health.  She has written numerous publications on disabilities and other health issues.