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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.

Alaa Karkouti is a renowned Film Analyst, CEO and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and Co-founder of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC). He is an influential professional within the...

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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.

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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. Prior to joining AAM, Shafer...

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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. Prior to BULL, Goffman served as executive producer on LIMITLESS, and as showrunner for SLEEPY HOLLOW, Fox’s #1 rated new series of...

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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. Lobel’s leadership, AAM has reached a collective audience of well over 100 million...

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