Dr. Aaron Lobel, a media entrepreneur and international affairs scholar, is the founder and president of America Abroad Media (AAM), a global media organization. AAM's mission is to empower and support local voices that convey universal values through creative content and media programming.
Dr. Lobel has built AAM into an international media network, headquartered in Washington D.C., that reaches large scale audiences through innovative partnerships with leading media outlets in the United States and around the world. AAM’s partners in the Middle East include, among others, MBC, Al Arabiya, twofour54, ON TV, Moby Media, and the Jordan Media Institute.
Under Dr. Lobel’s leadership AAM has partnered with some of the world's leading broadcasters, journalists, directors, producers and writers to create original programming, including town halls connecting audiences across borders for dialogue, entertainment and drama series, and documentaries on key international issues. AAM's award-winning radio program, America Abroad, is distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) and is one of America's only ongoing series devoted to critical global issues and US foreign policy.
Dr. Lobel also established AAM’s Awards Dinner, The Power of Film, an annual event which brings together the policymaking and diplomatic community in Washington with media leaders and the creative community from around the world. Past honorees have included director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker), director Paul Greengrass (United 93 and Captain Phillips), actor/director Ben Affleck (Argo), Homeland, TurkiAldakhil (CEO, Al Arabiya), Noura Al Kaabi (CEO, twofour54 Abu Dhabi), and Nasser Al Qasabi (Saudi comedian and actor).
Dr. Lobel received his Ph.D. in International Affairs from Harvard University's Department of Government, where he was awarded Harvard's top teaching award, the Joseph Levenson Prize. He has been a fellow at The Brookings Institution, the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard University's Institute of Politics, where he led a study group and was Editor of the book Presidential Judgment: Foreign Policy Decision Making in the White House.
Dr. Lobel is a consultant to the Foreign Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and a member of the BPC's US-Middle East Task Force. He is also the CEO of ARL consulting, which advises organizations in the areas of leadership, management, fundraising, organizational development, and communications. A native of Toronto, Dr. Lobel lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Esin and two sons Noah and Sami.