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
Doumar Martin PLLC
Managing Partner, Bona Smarts, L.L.C.
Secretary of the Corporation
Regional Corporate Governance Lead, MENA – International Finance Corporation
Ex Officio Board Members
President and CEO
Vice President, Communications
Chief Financial Officer
Maggie Forster Schmitz
Vice President, Philanthropy
Dr. Grace Baliunas Austin
Former periodontist; Author
Publications Editor, Arab Center Washington DC
Kenneth H. Close
CEO & Founding Partner, The Quincy Group
Founder & President, Design Innovations Architects, Inc.
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
Edward “Skip” Gnehm
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.
Regional Vice President, Oklahoma, Mercy Health Foundation
Partner, Arent Fox
Lawrence A. Hamdan
Executive Chairman, Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Barclays Capital
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
Independent Consultant, Urban Economist
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
Program Director, Thompson Charitable Foundation
Robert Anton Mertz, Ph.D.
Former Project Manager, The World Bank
Director Employee Relations, Ochsner Health System
Executive Director & Founder, Children of War Foundation
Executive Director, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman
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
Partner, Pelorus Partners