Shifting Approaches to Humanitarian Aid in the MENA Region
CCAS presents this panel discussion on shifting approaches to humanitarian aid in the MENA region featuring practitioners and experts who specialize in humanitarian aid in countries throughout the region.
Meet the Panelists
Amanda Lane | Executive Director, The Collateral Repair Project
Amanda Lane is the Executive Director at Collateral Repair Project. She is an accomplished international development professional with extensive experience working in international community development, refugee relief, and the nonprofit sector in the Middle East, U.S., and Africa. At Collateral Repair Project, Amanda manages an international staff that provides emergency assistance and community-building services for urban refugees and impoverished Jordanians. She heads the organization’s fundraising efforts and is responsible for program-planning, partner relations, and communications.
As a consultant on international development program evaluation and design, Amanda has helped international governmental and nongovernmental organizations assess their ongoing programs, and she has designed culturally appropriate programs in close consultation with potential stakeholders. She headed up British Council Jordan’s governance and youth programs, designing and managing projects around the country that emphasized community engagement, human rights, and sustainability. Before coming to Jordan, Amanda consulted for nonprofit boards of directors in Seattle, made a number of short documentary films and promotional films for nonprofits, served on the board of directors of the Arab Center of Washington, and served in the Peace Corps (Cameroon, ’93-95).
Sean Carroll | President and CEO, Anera
As President and CEO, Sean leads staff of 150 in Lebanon, Palestine (West Bank, Gaza) and Washington, DC, delivering $70 million of humanitarian and development assistance annually to refugees and vulnerable communities the Middle East. Sean oversees a wide range of programs, from distribution of in-kind medicines and other medical and humanitarian relief; to building community infrastructure in water, sanitation, education, sports and health; to revenue-generating agriculture and other economic growth programs, that improve thousands of families’ lives.
Before joining Anera, Sean worked in several international development and policy roles in Washington, DC, Europe and the Middle East, including at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Club of Madrid, the US Congress, the United Nations’ World Food Programme and Creative Associates International. He served in the Obama Administration as chief of staff and COO at USAID, which has 9,500 staff and 84 missions around the world, and a $1.7 billion operating budget. Sean also served for six years as director of programs for the Club of Madrid, a leadership alliance that includes 106 former presidents and prime ministers.
Sama’a Al-Hamdani | Yemen Analyst, Non-resident Fellow at the Middle East Institute
Sama’a Al-Hamdani is a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute focusing on political dynamics in Yemen. She has been published both in Arab and Western media and think tanks, including Al-Monitor, the LawFare blog, Brookings, The National (UAE), MENAsource (Atlantic Council Blog), Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Fikra Forum, The Middle East Institute Journal, Yemen Observer, and Yemen Times, among others. Before joining MEI, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University and a fellow at the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS). She is also the director of the Yemen Cultural Institute for Heritage and the Arts (YCIHA), a non-profit based in Washington, DC dedicated to Yemeni arts and heritage. Also, from 2011 to 2015 she wrote the blog Yemeniaty.com, with the slogan of “Yemen Simplified,” which helped explain political developments in Yemen during the Arab Spring and leading up to the civil war.
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