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Faheem Ahamed is a Senior Strategic Advisor at AAM. Faheem has extensive global experience in business management and strategic communications, with more than 20 years of experience in driving cross-cultural communication solutions across the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Between his own boutique agencies and a decade with WPP, Faheem has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of brands including BAT, Cadbury’s, Delsey, Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Summer Surprises, Forever Dubai, Malaysia Airlines, Pentax, Samsung, Tourism...

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Madeleine Brand is the primary host of America Abroad, an award-winning international affairs documentary program on public radio.  Brand joined KCRW in 2013 to host the midday show, Press Play. She most recently came from KCET, where she won an Emmy award for her work on the television news show, SoCal Connected. She’s best known for her career in public radio, where she created and hosted a daily show at KPCC. Before that, she was a reporter and host at NPR for more than 13 years.

Madeleine has a Master's degree...

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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.

As an ...

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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, as well as spent time traveling throughout Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. 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...

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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...

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