Ambassador Edward Gabriel is President and CEO of The Gabriel Company. He has an extensive background in international affairs, having convened multilateral policy forums on critical global concerns including international energy, counter-terrorism, regional security issues and Russian and European nuclear non-proliferation. Ambassador Gabriel has been involved in the successful completion of projects for clients, including nuclear reactor facilities, oil and gas leases, electric power plant studies, and military procurement and consumer products manufacturing facilities. 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 and the strengthening of U.S.-Moroccan commercial relations. In his role as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Studies, Ambassador Gabriel chaired a study on America’s post-Cold War relations with the Arab world, which has become a reference guide for changing policies on the Middle East. As Vice Chairman of the American Task Force for Lebanon, he made multiple visits to Syria and Lebanon to bring a better understanding of U.S. policy objectives in the region, and to solicit Syrian and Lebanese cooperation in supporting U.S. strategic objectives. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Moroccan American Center, which promotes U.S.-Moroccan relations in the areas of policy, trade and investment and cultural dialogue.