Press Release

Anera Names New Director of Online Strategy and Fundraising

February 16, 2012 – Anera (American Near East Refugee Aid) is pleased to announce that Rami Azzam has joined the organization as director of online strategy and fundraising. Azzam brings online marketing and communications experience to the organization as well as knowledge and experience in the Middle East.  He replaces Michael Austin who is relocating to Amsterdam.


Before joining Anera, Azzam worked as online communications director at the Peace it Together, based in Vancouver, Canada.  While there, Azzam developed and implemented the organization’s communications strategy, redesigned the website, enhanced marketing tools and managed online publications and social media.  He has also worked for VKI Studios (currently Cardinal Path), an online consulting agency that specializes in web analytics, online marketing and website usability.  At VKI, he developed new services and marketing strategies for a variety of non-profit clients.


“Rami’s experience in online communications and marketing will help Anera move forward in its outreach strategy, said Anera president Bill Corcoran.  “As a Palestinian-American who has lived in the West Bank, his deep understanding of Palestinian culture is a valuable asset for Anera.


Rami Azzam graduated from the University of British Colombia and also studied at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design and the American University of Cairo.

Since 1968, Anera has been a leading provider of development programs in health, education and job creation in communities throughout the Middle East. In 2011 alone, Anera delivered more than $65 million for programs in Gaza, West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan.