Ford M. Fraker
Nominated by President George W. Bush, Ambassador Fraker was sworn in as US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on April 11, 2007. He continued as Ambassador under President Barack Obama and completed his service on April 6, 2009.
As Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and as a Middle East banker for 30 years, Ambassador Fraker has unique expertise in US foreign policy and the financial sectors of the Middle East. Under his leadership, the US-Saudi relationship entered a new era of partnership in the areas of counterterrorist financing, nuclear non-proliferation and the development of peaceful nuclear energy, the protection of Saudi Arabia's critical infrastructure, and the exchange of science and technology.
Ambassador Fraker began his career with Chemical Bank where he worked from 1972 to 1979 in New York, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as the bank's representative and Regional Vice President. In 1979, he joined Saudi International Bank and held various management positions in the General Banking, Credit and Client Development Units and served on the Management Committee.
In 1991, Ambassador Fraker founded Fraker & Co. to provide Middle East consultancy services to UK and US firms. In 1993, he joined MeesPierson Investment Finance (UK) Limited where he was Managing Director responsible for placing US and European investment products with European and Middle Eastern institutional and private investors. In 1997, he co-founded Trinity Group Limited focused on investment banking and fund placement opportunities in Europe and the Middle East. He continued to serve as Managing Director and Chairman of Trinity Group until his nomination by President Bush in February 2007.
Ambassador Fraker was born in Princeton, New Jersey. He attended Phillips Academy, Andover and graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1971 with a B.A. degree.
Ambassador Fraker is married with three children and resides in Belmont and Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Areas of Expertise
- Economic - Energy
- Economic - Science
- Military - Policy