Press Release

New members join Anera Board of Directors

October 22, 2019 | Washington, DC Anera welcomes six new members to its Board of Directors following our recent board meeting and Annual Dinner. We extend our immense gratitude to outgoing board members. The hard work, dedication, and passion of the Anera Board is essential to our work and we are excited to have the contributions of its newest members. One of the new members, Matt Haddad, says,

“It is an honor to be invited to join the Board of Directors of a well-respected and important organization like Anera, and I look forward to helping Anera provide aid to vulnerable refugees and hope for a better future.”

Rania Kiblawi, another new addition to Anera’s board, adds,

“Anera’s work every day, on the ground, is imperative to breaking cycles of poverty and despair. I’m honored and proud to have joined the board and am looking forward to supporting Anera’s mission of advancing the well-being of refugees and other vulnerable communities in the Middle East.”

The full list of new members are:

Jihan Andoni is the CEO of Zeva Incorporated. She was previously the Research Director at the Center for Responsive Politics. She is the Co-Founder of The Andoni Young Arab Science and Technology Award.

Ahmad Ashkar is the Founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation and Founder of Falafel Inc. Among other honors, GQ Magazine has designated him Entrepreneur of the Year.

Matt Haddad is Senior Associate General Counsel at Anthem, Inc. Previously he was an Associate at Crews & Hancock, PLC.

Rania Kiblawi is Senior Public Affairs Advisor at Aramco Services Company. Previously she was the Associate Director at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Samar Hussein Langhorne has dedicated her time to promoting projects that are at the forefront of social development that ensure sustainability and independence for local communities and worked at nonprofits such as United Palestinian Appeal and the United Way.

Bob Trice is a returning member of the Anera Board. He has held senior management roles at Lockheed Martin Corporation, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, and General Dynamics Corporation.

The board meeting followed Anera’s Annual Dinner. More than 350 Anera supporters joined us in DC earlier this month to celebrate our accomplishments and build upon it to continue opening doors to learning opportunities and livelihoods across Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan.

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Steven Fake
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About Anera

For 51 years, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the Middle East live with dignity and purpose. Anera, which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Lebanon, and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate humanitarian relief and for sustainable health, education, and economic development efforts. Our staff are from the communities they serve, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most. In 2019, Anera delivered $48.8 million in programming. We will keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.