Staff

First Name: 
Ashley
Last Name: 
Bentley
Bio: 

Ashley joined AAM in June 2018 as Program Assistant and Executive Assistant to the President. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion & Culture and a minor in Middle East Studies from Virginia Tech. During her undergraduate studies, she served as a Research Assistant to Dr. Nadine Sinno, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Arabic Language Department, providing overall support pertaining to visual representations of conflict in postwar Lebanon.

First Name: 
Bryan
Last Name: 
Proctor
Bio: 

Bryan Proctor joined AAM in May 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer. A graduate of Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus, Bryan spent 10 years in New York City working for organizations such as Marvel Enterprises, Universal McCann (part of the McCann Worldgroup), and Coach USA, as well as founding Hero television network. In 2010, Bryan began consulting for various organizations in the Washington, DC metro area including the Capital Area Food Bank, Catholic Charities, and American Nurses Association.

First Name: 
Joseph
Last Name: 
Braude
Bio: 

Arab affairs specialist Joseph Braude serves as AAM’s Strategic Advisor on programming and projects in the Middle East and North Africa. A fluent Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew speaker, he studied Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale and Arabic and Islamic Studies at Princeton. Over the past 20 years he has lived and worked in North Africa, the Levant, the Gulf states, and Iran.

First Name: 
Ilana
Last Name: 
Weinberg
Bio: 

Ilana Weinberg is the Managing Producer for International Programming at AAM. She oversees unique media projects in Afghanistan and Tunisia, and has produced dozens of talk shows, documentaries and public affairs programs for hosts and journalists across the Middle East and South Asia through AAM's Journalism Fellowship Program.

First Name: 
Shafer
Last Name: 
Busch
Bio: 

Shafer Busch is AAM's Chief Operating Officer. Shafer holds a Masters degree in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs from American University. While working on her MA, she completed a semester abroad at the American University in Cairo where she studied international human rights and humanitarian law. Following her semester in Cairo, Shafer wished to expand her focus on intercultural dialogue and communication in the Middle East, so she began working as a consultant for the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice.

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First Name: 
Aaron
Last Name: 
Lobel
Bio: 

Dr. Aaron Lobel is the founder and president of America Abroad Media (AAM), an international media non-profit based in Washington, D.C.  AAM's mission is to empower and support local voices that convey universal values through creative content and media programming. Founded in 2002, AAM reaches large scale audiences through innovative partnerships with leading television hosts, media personalities and channels throughout the greater Middle East. Under Dr.