Who We Are
Edward M. Gabriel – President & CEO
Ambassador Gabriel has decades of leadership experience in public policy and international affairs.
As Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco from 1997-2001, he participated in the development of a new U.S. policy supporting North African political and commercial integration. The policy promotes Morocco as a destination for manufacturing investment and – through its Free Trade Agreements with the US and Europe – as a regional hub for trade among the US, Europe and Africa.
He also spearheaded another new U.S. policy to settle the major dispute between Algeria and Morocco over the Western Sahara. And he oversaw a dramatic improvement in bilateral educational and cultural exchange programs, security and military cooperation, and U.S.-Moroccan commercial relations.
Ambassador Gabriel is currently President and CEO of the American Task Force for Lebanon, Co-Chairman of the American School of Tangier, and a member of the boards of AMIDEAST, the Arab American National Museum, 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.
His articles about energy and Middle East and North African policy have appeared in The Hill, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Middle East Online, among others. The study he chaired at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on America’s post-Cold War relations with the Arab world is recognized as an essential reference guide for changing policies on the Middle East.
Ambassador Gabriel has frequently been called on to convene discussions among vested interests with opposing views in order to find consensus and formulate international agreements on critical global policy issues, including nuclear non-proliferation, energy, counterterrorism, and regional security. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, St. Lawrence, Yale, Stanford, St. Bonaventure, and Gannon, among others.
Fatima-Zohra Rachidi – Senior Vice President
A native of Rabat, Fatima-Zohra has more than 20 years’ experience, and a broad network of contacts, in international relations, security and finance.
She currently represents and advises foreign governments and multinational corporations in the development of US and international policy and projects , such as military procurements, oil exploration concessions, and privatization of large government-owned business.
She is also Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer of the Moroccan-American Center, where she provides daily oversight and management and advises the leadership team on US-Morocco relations.
As Executive Director of the Moroccan-American Cultural Center, she manages a broad range of educational and communications outreach to advance Morocco-US relations, provides oversight and management of special events, research, strategic communications, and outreach related to the organization’s mission.
Fatima-Zohra was Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Morocco from 1997-1999, providing research and analysis essential to understanding political, economic, and security developments in Morocco, as well as the US-Morocco bilateral relationship.
From 1999 to 2003, Fatima-Zohra worked as a Regional Manager at Teleglobe USA, an international telecommunications company, where she managed a multi-million-dollar region and oversaw 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 earned a BA in Public Law from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. She speaks fluent Arabic, French and English.