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.


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.



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