Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Founder and Chairman, Moroccan American Center

Ambassador Edward Gabriel has an extensive background in international affairs, having convened multilateral policy forums involving national security, environmental, trade and energy issues. He has been involved in matters of Russian and European nuclear non-proliferation and safety, and has been active in advising the US Government on Mideast policy matters.  From November 1997 to March 2001, he served as the US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco. Currently, Ambassador Gabriel is President and CEO of The Gabriel Company, where he advises a number of American corporations and governments in the Middle East and North Africa on international business projects and policy matters.

While he was a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Ambassador Gabriel served as Chairman of the CSIS Advisory Committee Report entitled “From Conflict to Cooperation.” He has written numerous publications 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. He is President and CEO of the American Task Force for Lebanon, the Co-Chairman of the American School of Tangier, and a member of the boards of The Keystone Policy Center, AMIDEAST, and the Arab American National Museum. He is the founder and Chairman of the Moroccan American Center in Washington, DC.  Ambassador Gabriel holds a B.S. degree (business) from Gannon University.

 

Jordan Paul

Executive Director, Moroccan American Center for Policy

Jordan Paul is the Executive Director of the Moroccan American Center for Policy. The Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) is a non-profit organization whose principal mission is to inform opinion makers, government officials and an interested public in the United States about political and social developments in Morocco and the role being played by the Kingdom of Morocco in broader strategic developments in North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. Prior to coming to MACP, Jordan served as the Legislative Director for Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and as a Legislative Assistant for Foreign Affairs for Sen. Connie Mack (R-FL).

 

Robert M. Holley

Senior Policy Adviser, Moroccan American Center for Policy

Robert Holley is a retired United States Foreign Service Officer (1980-2002) who has extensive policy experience in Trans-Atlantic security issues as well as the politics of transitional societies in Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and North Africa. Prior to his Foreign Service career, he was as a US Army aviator (1967-1974). He has also taught courses in US foreign policy at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies and the University of Florida. He was Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Rabat, Morocco (1998-2001) where, simultaneously, he was also the US Government’s principal political interlocutor with the Polisario Front. He is the recipient of numerous US and foreign military medals and civilian honor awards,  including the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award and both the Silver and two Bronze Stars and fourteen awards of the Air Medal for combat service. Currently, Mr. Holley is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Moroccan American Center for Policy where he has served in various capacities since 2003.

 

Jean R. AbiNader

Executive Director, Moroccan American Trade and Investment Center  

Mr. AbiNader brings more than 30 years of experience as a trade association and corporate executive, management consultant, and human resources professional to his role at MATIC in promoting closer economic, political, and security relations between Morocco and the United States. He has advised U.S. and international companies, organizations, and agencies on management and marketing issues ranging from strategic planning and business plan development to negotiations and cross-cultural communications.  With specific expertise in international business and public affairs in the Arab Middle East, he has worked on trade and investment programs, education and training projects, advocacy, tourism promotion, and similar projects throughout the region.

In 2006-2007, MATIC conducted a two-phase study, Brand Morocco, which analyzed American business attitudes towards doing business with Morocco.  This study resulted in a series of strategic marketing recommendations to promote Morocco-US trade and investment in five sectors.

 

Caitlin Dearing Scott

Senior Vice President of Research, Programs, and Policy, Moroccan American Center 

Caitlin Dearing Scott is Senior Vice President of Research, Programs, and Policy at the Moroccan American Center. In this capacity, she provides overall supervision and coordination of research for the Center, with a focus on political and security issues pertinent to Morocco, Moroccan-American relations, and North Africa. She oversees the production of the Center’s educational and informational materials and occasionally blogs on topics ranging from women’s rights to security in the Sahel. Prior to joining the Moroccan American Center, Caitlin worked as a paralegal at Hughes, Hubbard, & Reed. Fluent in French, Caitlin holds an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a BA in History and International Studies from the College of New Jersey.

 

Jordana Merran 

Director of Media, Moroccan American Center

Jordana Merran is Director of Media at the Moroccan American Center, where she oversees the organization’s media outreach and general communications efforts. Prior to joining MAC in 2013, she led media relations campaigns for a variety of domestic policy clients at a Washington, DC-based public affairs firm. Previously at Burson-Marsteller, she worked on grassroots communications campaigns for corporate clients like Ford and Microsoft. Fluent in French, Jordana holds a BA in Economics from Vassar College.

 

David S. Bloom

Director of Research and Policy Analysis, Moroccan American Center 

David S. Bloom is Director of Research and Policy Analysis at the Moroccan American Center, focusing on research and special projects while assisting in trade promotion and public affairs. Research topics focus on economics, security, governance, and entrepreneurship. David has had a diverse career, beginning with political campaigns and most recently investment promotion, which is what led him to study and visit Morocco. He earned a BA in Political Science from Miami University, as well as an MA in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, & Civil Society Development from the American University of Paris, and a Master 1 from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I).

 

Kristen Kouttab

Office Manager, Moroccan American Center 

Kristen Kouttab is the Office Manager at the Moroccan American Center.  She has been working with MAC since 2008 and handles the daily administrative needs of the office.  Kristen holds a BA in International Studies with a Concentration in Development from Colby College in Maine. During her college career, she studied abroad in Morocco and has remained engaged with the Moroccan community.

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