Dr. Aaron Lobel, a media entrepreneur and international affairs expert, is the founder and president of America Abroad Media (AAM), an international media organization based in Washington DC. AAM's mission is to empower and support local voices that convey universal values through creative content and media programming.
AAM reaches large scale audiences through innovative partnerships with leading media outlets in the United States and around the world, especially the Middle East. Under Dr. Lobel’s leadership, AAM has partnered with some of the world's leading broadcasters, journalists, directors, producers and writers to create original programming, including town halls connecting audiences across borders for dialogue, entertainment and drama series, and documentaries on key international issues.
In 2016, AAM launched a major initiative, Hollywood and the Middle East: Empowering Indigenous Voices and Storytellers, bringing top Hollywood talent to the Middle East to build the capacity of local storytellers to create compelling, original Arabic drama and entertainment content. Hollywood partners for this initiative include award-winning director Jack Bender (Game of Thrones, Lost, The Sopranos), writer and director David Zucker (Airplane!, Naked Gun series), and comedy writer and producer Greg Daniels (Saturday Night Live, The Office, King of the Hill) among others.
In the United States, AAM's award-winning radio program, America Abroad, is distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) and is one of America's only ongoing series devoted to critical global issues and US foreign policy.
Dr. Lobel also established AAM’s Awards Dinner, The Power of Film, an annual event which brings together the policymaking and diplomatic community in Washington with media leaders and the creative community from around the world. Past honorees have included director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker), director Paul Greengrass (United 93 and Captain Phillips), actor/director Ben Affleck (Argo), Homeland, TurkiAldakhil (CEO, Al Arabiya), Noura Al Kaabi (CEO, twofour54 Abu Dhabi), and Nasser Al Qasabi (Saudi comedian and actor).
Dr. Lobel received his Ph.D. in International Affairs from Harvard University's Department of Government, where he was awarded Harvard's top teaching award, the Joseph Levenson Prize. He has been a fellow at The Brookings Institution, the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard University's Institute of Politics, where he led a study group and was Editor of the book Presidential Judgment: Foreign Policy Decision Making in the White House. Dr. Lobel serves on the Advisory Board for the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is also serves on the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) International Advisory Council.