Edward M. Gabriel – President & CEO
During his tenure as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco from 1997-2001, Ambassador Gabriel focused on trade negotiations, bilateral educational and cultural exchange programs, increased security and military cooperation, as well as the strengthening of U.S.-Moroccan commercial relations. Most importantly, Ambassador Gabriel fostered the U.S. policy of North African political and commercial integration, using Morocco as a regional hub for the U.S. free trade agreement and spearheading a new U.S. policy to settle the major land dispute between Algeria and Morocco, commonly referred to as the Western Sahara.
As a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Studies (CSIS), Ambassador Gabriel chaired a study on America’s post-Cold War relations with the Arab world that has become a reference guide for changing policies on the Middle East. He has written in the fields of energy and Middle East and North African policy, and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, St. Lawrence, Yale, Stanford, St. Bonaventure, and Gannon, among others.
Ambassador Gabriel is currently President and CEO of the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL), Co-Chairman of the American School of Tangier, and member of the boards of AMIDEAST, the Arab American National Museum (AANM), and The Keystone Center. He also serves as the Chairman of the Moroccan American Center, which works to strengthen U.S.-Moroccan political, business, cultural, and security relationships.
Fatima-Zohra Rachidi – Senior Vice President
Fatima-Zohra Rachidi is currently Senior Vice President of The Gabriel Company, LLC in charge of economic and political analysis. From 1997 to 1999, Fatima-Zohra was Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Morocco, providing research and analysis essential for understanding risk analysis in Morocco, as well as political and economic developments.
Prior to joining The Gabriel Company, Fatima-Zohra worked as a Regional Manager at Teleglobe USA, an international telecommunications company, where she managed a multi-million dollar region with results of annual 40% traffic volume increase and 30% cost reduction for nearly 100 international destinations.
Fatima-Zohra, a Fulbright Scholar, earned her Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, where she focused on International Security Policy and Middle East Affairs. She also earned a BA in Public Law from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. She speaks fluent Arabic, French and English. She is a native of Rabat, Morocco where she lived until 1999, when she moved to Washington DC.
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