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Morocco Under King Mohammed VI: Ambassador Edward Gabriel and Mr. Jean Abinader
Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco Ed Gabriel, CEO of the Washington-based Moroccan American Center, and Jean Abinader, Executive Director of the Moroccan American Trade & Investment Center (MATIC), will be featured guests at a special forum, “Morocco Under King Mohammed VI.” Our special guests will provide a political, social and economic assessment of the King’s 20 year reign.
To RSVP or for further information, please contact Kinda Haddad at Kinda.Haddad@ucf.edu
Ambassador Edward Gabriel is Chairman of the Moroccan American Center. He has an extensive background in international affairs, having convened multilateral policy forums on critical global concerns including international energy, counter-terrorism, and regional security, and has been involved in matters of Russian and European nuclear non-proliferation. 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.
Jean AbiNader is Executive Director of the Moroccan American Trade & Investment Center (MATIC). He regularly collaborates with the Moroccan government on programs to promote Morocco’s bilateral commercial ties with UC companies and investors. AbiNader has decades of experience in public affairs, business and trade in the Arab world and Africa. He formerly served as Executive Director of the National Association of Arab Americans (NAAA), was co-director of Builders for Peace, and was President/CEO of the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce. He is currently the chair of the Arab American Institute’s annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Gala and affiliated with the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL).