Our Board of Directors is a group of accomplished leaders who share Anera's goals and bring a variety of talents, expertise and experiences to the organization.


David F. Nygaard, Ph.D
Former Director of Rural Development, Aga Khan Foundation
Former Professor of Economic Development, Georgetown University

Grace Tompkins
Vice Chair
Educational Specialist

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

Sanaa Abouzaid
Secretary of the Corporation
Regional Corporate Governance Lead, MENA – International Finance Corporation

Legal Counsel

George Doumar
Doumar Martin PLLC

Ex Officio Board Members

Sean Carroll
President and CEO

Liz Demarest
Vice President, Communications

Donna Diane
Chief Financial Officer

Maggie Forster Schmitz
Vice President, Philanthropy

Board Members

Dr. Grace Baliunas Austin
Former periodontist; Author

Zeina Azzam
Publications Editor, Arab Center Washington DC

Teresa C. Barger
Founding Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer, Cartica Capital

Judy M. Barsalou, Ph.D.
Former President, El-Hibri Foundation

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

Faris Eid
Founder & President, Design Innovations Architects, Inc.

Leena El-Ali
Managing Partner, Bona Smarts, L.L.C.

Hani M.S. Farsi
CEO and Founder, Corniche Group, London, UK

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

Amb. Edward “Skip” Gnehm (Ret.)
Vice Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; Former Ambassador to Jordan, Kuwait, Australia; Deputy Head, U.S. Mission to the U.N.

John Gurley
Partner, Arent Fox

Michael C. Hudson, PhD
Seif Ghobash Professor of International Relations and Arab Studies, Emeritus, Georgetown University

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

Stephen Karam
Independent Consultant, Urban Economist

Piney Kesting
Owner, Piney Kesting, Writing and Consulting

Nabil Elie Khoury, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., F.A.C.P.
Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Sparrow Hospital Regional Medical Director, Emergency Physicians Medical Group

Jeffrey Mansour
Program Director, Thompson Charitable Foundation

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

Thairah "Cindy" Mousa
Director Employee Relations, Ochsner Health System

Amel Najjar
Executive Director & Founder, Children of War Foundation

Kathleen Ridolfo
Executive Director, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman

Fred Rogers
Vice President & Treasurer, Carleton College

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

Michael G. Sahouri
CEO, Sahouri Insurance

James K. Sams
Principal, KPMG LLP

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

Murad M. Siam
Co-Founder, President & CEO, IDS Real Estate Group, Inc
Los Angeles, CA

David Sprague, Ph.D.
Independent Education Consultant; Former Director, Education Policy & Data Center Academy for Educational Development

Elena Turner
Partner, Pelorus Partners

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