Pres. & CEO Blackhawk Partners

Ziad K. Abdelnour is a Wall Street Financier, Author, Philanthropist, Activist, Lobbyist, Oil & Gas Trader & President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a New York based private equity “family office” that focuses on originating, structuring, advising and acting as ... more

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Making It Big In The Oil Business
In 2017, global dealmaking in the gas and oil production and exploration segment topped at $143 billion.. Big energy companies are expected to play a critical role in deal-making for another year for gas and oil mergers and acquisitions.
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Smart Vs Dumb Money – Which One To Opt For?
If you are raising money, you may encounter the phrases ‘smart’ and ‘dumb money’, as a way to describe different types of investors. As an entrepreneur, you may wonder: which is better for me.
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Brace Yourselves Folks…It’s Going To Get Real Ugly
These are the most dangerous markets I have ever witnessed in my entire life, and I’ve been investing for over 25 years. Global central bank balance sheets are up from $6 trillion in 2007 to $21 trillion today.
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What Can We Expect From 2016?
From a Trump presidential victory, to the rise of the machines... these are my predictions for 2016
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When Performance Doesn’t Matter
The smartest of the “smart money” is thought to be hedge funds. A look at recent performance suggests that hedge funds are indeed extremely smart money, though not in the way that most people think.
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Founder & Chairman of the Board
Financial Policy Council
July 2010 - Present (10 years)

The Financial Policy Council is 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 along with members of the media at large while educating both as to the implications of the actions being currently taken by the Obama Administration and proposing alternative solutions designed to influence the decision making process when it comes to overall fiscal policy.

Founder, President & CEO
Blackhawk Partners, Inc.
January 2008 - Present (12 years 7 months)

Blackhawk Partners LLC is a private “family office” that is in the business of originating, structuring and acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations and buildups, and growth capital financings, and trading key physical commodities.

Founder and President
U.S Committee for a Free Lebanon
July 1997 - Present (23 years 2 months)

USCFL is a coalition of Americans of all faiths, established for the purpose of educating the public as to Lebanon's strategic and moral significance as an ally of the United States and an outpost of Western values in the Middle East. 

Mission is to empower Lebanese to lead the Lebanon of tomorrow away from the traditional power structures and protect and promote America's interests in the region.

Member of the Board of Governors
Middle East Forum
January 1995 - Present (25 years 9 months)

The Middle East Forum is a Philadelphia-based think tank that seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East and protect the Constitutional order from Middle Eastern influences. 

It does this in several ways. The Middle East Quarterly provides in-depth analyses. Campus Watch critiques Middle East studies in North America. Islamist Watch focuses on the lawful promotion of radical Islam. 

Education

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

Publications

Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics
Ziad K. Abdelnour
Wiley
12/07/2011

New insights for investors and business people looking to create wealth in the turbulent post-crisis world In a no holds barred expose of the 2008 financial meltdown from the inside, Ziad K. Abdelnour argues that the political and financial elites have done nothing to fix the structural problems and instead have worsened the situation. By creating more market bubbles, they are actually waging a war on the most productive members of society.