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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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Esin Erkan leads the substantive research and messaging development for all AAM projects, bringing her background in the Middle East and education in international affairs to bear on the drama and documentary programming that AAM produces. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Erkan spent her childhood in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, living among Turkish expats and other families from the Middle East. After returning to Istanbul she spent 8 years at Lycée Saint Benoît, a French Jesuit school in Istanbul that educated both Muslims and non-Muslim minorities...

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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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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...

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