Staff

First Name: 
Mark
Last Name: 
Goffman
Bio: 

Mark Goffman serves as a Senior Hollywood Advisor to AAM on its Screen Buzz workshop initiative, for which he has led creative workshops in Egypt and Jordan. Goffman is currently an Executive Producer and Writer on Netflix’s hit series, UMBRELLA ACADEMY (Ellen Page, Mary J Blige and Tom Hopper). Prior to UMBRELLA, Goffman executive produced and was the showrunner for CBS’s BULL, the #1 rated new series of 2017.

First Name: 
Alaa
Last Name: 
Karkouti
Bio: 

As the founder of MAD Solutions, a leading creative consultancy in the Arab World, Alaa Karkouti is a key partner in AAM's Screen Buzz initiative, an innovative series of creative workshops bringing top Hollywood writers, directors and producers to the Arab World to support local storytellers in the creation of original, purpose driven content for global audiences.

First Name: 
Aliaa
Last Name: 
Zaky
Bio: 

As part of MAD Solutions, a leading creative consultancy in the Arab World, Aliaa Zaky is a key partner in AAM's Screen Buzz initiative, an innovative series of creative workshops bringing top Hollywood writers, directors and producers to the Arab World to support local storytellers in the creation of original, purpose driven content for global audiences. Aliaa is qualified corporate lawyer who embarked into the world of film festivals, media and entertainment in 2011 when she joined the Dubai International Film Festival team as their Head of Legal and later in 2013 as Enjaaz Project Manage

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 Director of Programming at AAM. She currently oversees AAM's Screen Buzz initiative, an innovative series of creative workshops bringing top Hollywood writers, directors and producers to the Arab World to support local storytellers in the creation of original, purpose driven content for global audiences.

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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.