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Ziad Abdelnour

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Wall Street Financier, Pres.& CEO Blackhawk Partners, Chmn Financial Policy Council, Author Economic Warfare

Wall Street Financier, Pres.& CEO Blackhawk Partners, Chmn Financial Policy Council, Author Economic Warfare

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Involved In


Financial Policy Council
U.S Committee for a Free Lebanon
Middle East Intelligence Bulletin


Founder & Chairman of the Board Financial Policy Council July 2010 - present
President & CEO Blackhawk Partners, Inc. January 2008 - present
Founder and President U.S Committee for a Free Lebanon July 1997 - present
Member of the Board of Governors Middle East Forum January 1995 - present
Senior Managing Director European American Advisors Inc. March 2001 - May 2013
Founder and Co-Publisher Middle East Intelligence Bulletin January 1999 - October 2004
Managing Director & Head of Venture Finance THCG, Inc.(formerly Hambro America Securities, Inc.) October 1999 - January 2001
Managing Director & Head of Private Finance Ladenburg Thalmann March 1997 - October 1999
Partner & Member of the Board of Directors & Executive Committee Interbank March 1990 - March 1997
Vice President, International High Yield & Convertible Bond Department Drexel Burnham Lambert October 1986 - March 1990
Relationship Manager, Global Private Capital Group American Express October 1984 - October 1986


University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School Financial Engineering 1983 - 1984
American University of Beirut Economics 1978 - 1982

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Dating
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Fashion
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Content

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Energy • Investments • Private equity • Investment Banking • Public speaking

Key Accomplishments

President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc. a private “family office” in the business of originating, structuring & acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic equity investments, consolidations, growth capital financings, & trading key physical commodities

Chairman of the Board of the Financial Policy Council ; a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designed to give its select group of supporters the opportunity to have direct face-to-face dialogue with the nation's quintessential powerbrokers and policymakers

President of the US Committee for a Free Lebanon; a coalition of accomplished and powerful Lebanese Americans of all faiths, providing “out of the box” political and risk analysis to major US and international corporate entities interested in the Middle East at large.

Advisory Board Member of DPG Investments, a recognized premier multi strategy global merchant banking, alternative investment, management and advisory firm.

Over 30 year experience on Wall Street backing over 125 companies during the time period worth in aggregate over 10 billion dollars in the private equity, high yield bond and distressed debt markets.

Author of the book "Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics" a best seller manuscript written for investors that need to navigate the troubled geopolitical waters of the post-crisis world

Regular panelist & speaker on Private Equity, Physical Commodities trading and Middle East geo-political analysis at industry conferences & TV outlets nationwide including but not limited to Fox News, Newsmax, etc....

Hard core constituency of over 300,000 followers between Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ & over 1 million viewers having read blog postings and analyses since January 2014.

MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania & BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut.


My life philosophy is very simple: If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity.

My skills include but are not limited to Strategic Advisory, Principal Investments, Oil Trading, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Venture Capital, and of course... sales. Because it's all and always about selling. You're always selling something and when not selling a product/service, you're selling yourself! ...The mother of all sales.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Start working as an advisor then if I like what I see step up to be an investor and founding partner

As an Advisor

I like to push the envelope in everything I undertake... I am a maverick and game changer in the truest sense of the word, and I strongly believe everything is possible hence I never ever surrender.

I avoid though - like a plague - negative people who emanate negative vibes and I have a knack of detecting bullshit and bullshit artists a mile away.

If you think what you have what it takes to be a "game changer" and can accept me the way I am, give me a call but be then ready for the roller coaster of your life.

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Mahir Desai
They're my mentor  •  Previously Director, O & G Asia Pacific Holdings - Singapore. Previously CEO, Asia North America Debt Recovery. York grad.
Ziad is well connected with many resources at his disposal.
Janette Conradson
We worked together  •  CEO, CFO, BetaZi, LLC. Previously CFO/Controller, Mark Tanner Construction, Inc..
Ziad is a remarkable person. He can see the opportunity and even more importantly, make it happen. With his personal abilities, those of hi ... s team and his resources the sky is the limit. He is not afraid to tell you straight up the good and bad of your ideas. This is a rare trait in the current age. I appreciate his candor, wisdom and 'get it done' manner. Talk is cheap but the ability to execute on plans is very valuable. Ziad exemplifies the best in risk takers (entrepreneur's).
Rudy Atallah
They're my friends  •  Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council of the United States and CEO / Founder, White Mountain Research LLC (WMR).
Successful entrepreneur
Robert Davis
We worked together  •  Partner - Bahrain, .
Ziad Abdelnour, President and CEO, Blackhawk Partners, embodies the attributes of a great entrepreneur. Ziad is a strong leader, who is a ... highly motivated and a selfless innovator of paramount integrity. He has a keen sense of resilience, inspiration, perspiration, tenacity and street smarts. Ziad is a risk taker, who knows what he doesn’t know, and surrounds himself with the best and brightest. He has an undaunted competitive spirit and the willingness to fail. He embraces decisiveness, and is a never-ending learner, paying great attention to detail and has the ability to pivot and fine tune a business as the model requires.
Jeffrey Fry
They're my friends  •  CEO / President, Well Beyond Care and Executive Director, SHINE NIght.
He sees trends and opportunities earlier than most, and seizes the opportunity.
Pierre Azzam
They're my school  •  Shareholder & Board Director, Eureeca and Founder & President, Mobibus.
Ziad is a self-made financier who managed to forge his path in a highly discerning market such as the US. Next to a successful enterprise h ... e built from the ground-up, he tenaciously uses his resourceful capabilities to offer added-vlaue to stakeholders and institutions within his ecosystem. While he could have sufficed with the business success he achieved, he rather went-ahead and actively joined cause-related organizations and published he own books. And he is still driven in his pursuit to reach and meet new and inspiring individuals.
Douglas McFarlane
We worked together  •  CEO, Lomond Yachts.
Ziad has a lot to give to other entrepreneurs and regularly writes articles which are inspirational to others.
Jean Salha
They're my friends  •  CEO, Teneno and CEO, New-Comm. McGill grad.
He is already a great entrepreneur... he has successfully started and exited several businesses.
Duane Adelson
They're my advisor  •  Associate Partner, Blackhawk Partners, LLC and Managing Director, Modern Capital Strategies, Inc. and MCSI, LLC. Texas A&M grad.
His experience in both reviewing/advising and successfully building businesses. He studies his subject matter to understand the many possib ... ilities a company will encounter. He learns from others experiences and applies the best of practices.
Barbara Bickham
Technologist (IoT, Big Data, Mobile), Philanthropist, Business Strategist, Entrepreneur, Agile/Scrum
Zaid is a great advisor because he's super business savy, well connected and well informed on many aspects of business.
We worked together  •  Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur, CEO, Board Member, Ultimate Investment Model for Infrastructure/Industrial Projects.
Because he is honest, straightforward, a risk-taker and knows how to listen.
John Castaldo
We worked together  •  Owner, Raven Global Security, Inc. and CEO / Chairman, Raven Global Security, Inc..
Ziad, is a very driven person capable of great accomplishments.
Steven Christmann
We worked together  •  President and CEO, Private Swiss Family Office. Previously Owner, World Class Resotoration.
Ziad, is an experienced, driven force that can and will get things done. He delivers results.
Natalia Sokolova
We worked together  •  Entrepreneur , Spokesperson, Strategic & Investor Relations Specialist. Enjoy traveling
Ziad is brilliant entrepreneur. He is very smart, hard working. He possesses great analytical skills and knows how to find a diamond in a ra ... w
Todd Dean
We worked together  •  Partner, Blackhawk Partners, Inc. and Managing Partner, Angel Market Consulting. University of Washington grad.
Ziad has the experience and knowledge when it comes to assessing investment opportunities like no other. His personality is unique in which ... he is extremely bright, direct, through, high integrity, detailed oriented, and knows how interact with people. It's been an honor and privileged to work with Ziad and anyone that is fortunate to work with him will know what I'm talking about.
Margaret Orem
We worked together  •  Founder and CEO, Execsolution, Inc.. Previously Executive Search Consulting, Hawkes-Peers & Company.
Ziad is the consummate financier, and a proven entrepreneur. He is a man of incredible focus and is fearless. Because of his keen intellect, ... energy and drive, he enjoys continuing success in his business and political interests. He is a leader and yet takes time to mentor and help others reach their full potential. I expect that Ziad will continue to be a major force and an exemplary leader.
Tina Jonasen
StartUp Mentor "Tre-To-En.NU", Jonathan Løw - Listen Louder and Ambassador, Respect Network.
The "Father" of investment thinking !!
Cree Crawford
* Founder / COO / Dir. - Green Ocean Sciences | Molecular Analytics Group * H. Wng. Commander - 149th Texas Air Guard

Natalia Sokolova
They're my friends  •  Entrepreneur , Spokesperson, Strategic & Investor Relations Specialist. Enjoy traveling
Natalia is the quintessential entrepreneur... Smart, resourceful, trustworthy and with a passion for success. I highly recommend her as a pa ... rtner.

John Castaldo
We worked together  •  Owner, Raven Global Security, Inc. and CEO / Chairman, Raven Global Security, Inc..
John is an amazing entrepreneur, relentless, resourceful and a guy with the highest integrity...Known him for years