Dr. Aaron Lobel is the founder, president and chairman of the board of America Abroad Media (AAM). Recognizing a need for more objective, in-depth reporting on today’s critical international issues, Dr. Lobel founded AAM in 2002 to promote ideals fundamental to healthy civil societies in both America and around the world: the free exchange of ideas, the democratic participation of self-governing citizens, and an independent and robust media sector. He is responsible for overseeing the production of more than 80 original radio and television programs each year, reaching a global audience of more than 100 million people, and manages a staff of 35, split between AAM's Washington, Kabul and Tunis offices.
Prior to founding AAM, Dr. Lobel served as a Research Fellow at The Brookings Institution; a National Security Fellow at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University; and a National Security Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He received his Ph.D. in International Affairs from Harvard University's Department of Government.
Dr. Lobel currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Business for Diplomatic Action, Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE), and Americans Elect. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a consultant to the Bipartisan Policy Center. A native of Toronto, Canada, Dr. Lobel lives in Washington, DC with his wife and son.