Aaron leads global communications for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) as the organization’s Communications Director. His responsibilities include coordination, messaging, media relations and digital communications for a worldwide network that includes over 80,000 employees and a mission to help improve quality of life for people around the world. This communications challenge and opportunity involves projects that range from poverty reduction to civil society strengthening, improved education, quality healthcare and culture preservation and the promotion of understanding and pluralism. He reports to His Highness the Aga Khan, Founder and Chairman of the network and 49th hereditary Imam of the global Shi’a Ismaili Muslim community.
Before joining the Aga Khan Development Network in 2017, Aaron was the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer for the United Nations Foundation. During Aaron’s tenure at the United Nations Foundation, the communications team won multiple awards including being named “PR Team of the Year” by PR News. Aaron was name by PR Week magazine as “Global Communicator of the Year” in 2015.
Before 2009, Aaron served as Managing Director of Public Affairs for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. Government development assistance agency administering $7 billion in poverty reduction grants in 40 partner countries.
His professional background includes a decade of service as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. He also worked at the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and held positions as a marketing consultant for the Italian distributors for Apple Computer and as a freelance interpreter and writer in Italy.
Aaron holds degrees from the Johns Hopkins University (School of Advanced International Studies – SAIS) and Brigham Young University, speaks Italian, Spanish, Armenian, and French. He served as a volunteer missionary for the LDS (Mormon) Church and is active in his local faith community. He and his wife Emily have 4 children and currently reside in Paris, France.