|Alma mater||1979-1983 University of Virginia
1983-1986 Harvard-MIT M.E.M.P.
|Occupation||Hedge Fund Management
News Analyst & Opinion Writer
|Spouse(s)||Mrs. Valerie Martin-Ijaz|
|Parents||Mujaddid Ahmad Ijaz (1937-1992)
Lubna Razia Ijaz
|Relatives||Farouk Ijaz (1963-2012), brother
Atif Ijaz, brother
Mujeeb Ijaz, brother
Neelam Ijaz-Ahmad, sister
Sajid Sohail, first cousin
Faysal Sohail, first cousin
Mansoor Ijaz (born August 1961) is an American financier of Pakistani ancestry. He is a hedge-fund manager and was for some time a media commentator, mostly in relation to Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the founder and chairman of Crescent Investment Management Ltd, a New York investment partnership since 1990 that includes retired General James Alan Abrahamson, former director of President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. Ijaz heads a consortium of investors that has announced its intention to acquire 35% of the Formula One team, Lotus F1 Team Limited. Ijaz has maintained ties with former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, Jr., including jointly authoring opinion pieces with Woolsey. Woolsey also served as a member of Crescent's board in the early 2000s.
Mansoor Ijaz was born in Tallahassee, Florida and grew up on a farm in rural Virginia. Ijaz received his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Virginia in 1983  and master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985, where he was trained as a neural sciences engineer in the Harvard Medical School-MIT Medical Engineering Medical Physics Program.
His father, Dr. Mujaddid Ahmad Ijaz (July 16, 1937— July 14, 1992) was a Pakistani theoretical physicist and professor of physics at Virginia Tech who was noted and known for his work with sub-atomic and hypothetical particles, as well as his early role in the development of Pakistan's nuclear energy program. His mother, Dr. Lubna R. Ijaz, is a noted solar physicist who worked with UNIDO to develop renewable energy programs and maintains a graduate student awards fellowship at her alma mater Virginia Tech. Ijaz's brother, Mujeeb Ijaz, is a noted engineer in lithium battery technologies, currently serving as president of A123 Venture Technologies. His brother, Atif Ijaz, is a senior executive at Allstate Insurance Company in Chicago. His first cousin, Faysal Sohail, is a general partner at one of Silicon Valley's leading venture capital firms, CMEA Capital.
Ijaz developed CARAT, a currency, interest rate and equity risk management system. He started Crescent as an investment firm in 1990 and continues to operate it today. Away from Crescent's daily business affairs, Ijaz has served on the College Foundation Board of Trustees at the University of Virginia. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Atlantic Council from 2007 until 2009. And he made a cameo appearance in music video in 2004 by DJ Junior Jack.
On June 18, 2013, Genii Capital announced that it had sold a stake of 35%  in Lotus F1 Team Limited (Lotus F1), a leading contender in Formula One's Constructor's Championship, to Infinity Racing Partners Limited, an investor consortium comprising an American hedge-fund management group (presumably Ijaz's), Abu Dhabi-based Al Manhal International Group LLC, headed by Suhail Al Dhaheri  and the royal family interests of an unnamed country.
Ijaz is chairman of Infinity Racing Partners Limited (renamed Quantum Motorsports in October 2013). In a press statement  released by Genii Capital's principals, Gerard Lopez and Eric Lux, the team owners highlighted technological developments Infinity could bring to assisting Lotus F1's race cars as engine configurations change in the 2014 season. Lopez and Lux also cited the global network of Infinity Racing's principal partners and how this could potentially increase sponsorship revenues flowing to Lotus F1.
On November 4, 2013, Ijaz and Al Dhaheri met with reporters at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and reconfirmed their commitment to conclude the announced financing. Recent media coverage noted that the transaction, announced in June 2013, had not yet completed as of mid-November. At the US Grand Prix on November 16, Ijaz, in a live television interview with Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier, maintained that concluding the deal with Lotus was imminent.
On November 23, 2013, Boullier stated at a FIA press conference in Brazil that the Quantum deal had progressed toward closing and that banker communications during the previous week, while not fully conclusive, indicated the deal could close early during the week of 25 November. Boullier also confirmed that Lotus F1 and current owners Genii Capital had proof of Quantum's funding and full compliance on the consortium's assets.
He used to appear regularly on a variety of financial and political news programs for CNN  , Fox News, BBC, Germany’s ARD TV, Japan’s NHK, ABC and NBC. He has commented for PBS’ Newshour with Jim Lehrer , , ,  and ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel. Ijaz has been featured twice in Barron's Currency Roundtable discussions. He has also contributed to the editorial pages of London’s Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International, The Christian Science Monitor, The Weekly Standard, National Review, USA Today, and the Times of India. He endorsed views in the period prior to the Iraq War, later proven to be false, that included the presence of WMDs in Iraq and ties between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. Among other topics, he has commented on the lack of wisdom in letting politics and policymakers ignore good intelligence, vis-à-vis changes in the Muslim world and nuclear proliferation 
Ijaz was a Fox News Analyst and played a popular role on Special Report. He was a frequent guest on the show and appeared on various Fox programs on more than 100 occasions. He articulated opinions on a wide array of subjects, including some that supported the Bush administration's policies on Iraq and Afghanistan. Some media outlets categorized his views as neo-conservative, placing him in the same category of analysts such as former CIA Director R. James Woolsey Jr., former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and former Defense Policy Board chairman Richard Perle.
In 2006, in an interview with Gulf News, Ijaz claimed that Iran already had a nuclear bomb and that US think-tanks were already formulating strategies to overthrow the Iranian Government. His opinion appeared in an interview published in Gulf News, a Dubai-based newspaper. 
Ijaz was involved in unofficial negotiations  between the US and Sudanese governments in an effort to extradite Osama bin Laden in early 1996. In the same year, the United States Congress had imposed sanctions against the Sudanese government over terrorist operations on its soil. Ijaz reportedly tried to negotiate a deal between Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir and Clinton administration officials, including Lee Hamilton, Sandy Berger and Susan Rice, to hand over intelligence data on the sprouting Al Qaeda network in Sudan and Osama bin Laden's activities in the Sudan. Ijaz argued the U.S. should adopt a policy of "constructive engagement" with Sudan, in return for Sudan handing bin Laden over to US authorities. Bin Laden left Sudan for Afghanistan under pressure from the United States in May 1996.
Capturing bin Laden had been an objective of the United States government from the presidency of Bill Clinton until bin Laden's death in 2011. It was asserted by Ijaz that in 1996 while the Clinton Administration had begun pursuit of the policy, the Sudanese government allegedly offered to arrest and extradite bin Laden as well as to provide the United States detailed intelligence information about growing militant organizations in the region, including Hezbollah and Hamas, and that U.S. authorities allegedly rejected each offer, despite knowing of bin Laden's involvement in bombings on American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. However, the 9/11 Commission found that although "former Sudanese officials claim that Sudan offered to expel Bin Laden to the United States", "we have not found any reliable evidence to support the Sudanese claim." In 1998, two years after the warning, the Clinton administration ordered several military missions to capture or kill bin Laden that failed.
Statements on Osama bin Laden
According to Ijaz, the Sudanese government offered the Clinton administration numerous opportunities to arrest bin Laden and those opportunities were met positively by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright but spurned when Susan Rice and counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke persuaded National Security Advisor Sandy Berger to overrule Albright.
Ijaz’s claims in this regard appeared in numerous Op-Ed pieces including one in the Los Angeles Times  and one in the Washington Post co-written with former Ambassador to Sudan Timothy M. Carney.
Several sources dispute Ijaz's claim, including the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States (the 9-11 Commission) which concluded in part “Sudan's minister of defense, Fatih Erwa, has claimed that Sudan offered to hand Bin Laden over to the United States. The Commission has found no credible evidence that this was so. Ambassador Carney had instructions only to push the Sudanese to expel Bin Laden. Ambassador Carney had no legal basis to ask for more from the Sudanese since, at the time, there was no indictment outstanding.” 
Mansoor Ijaz was involved in the memogate controversy, which revolved around a memorandum seeking help of the Obama administration to avert a military takeover of the civilian government in Pakistan in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid, and to assist in a civilian takeover of the military apparatus. The contents of the confidential memo, addressed to Admiral Mike Mullen and delivered to him by Ijaz's friend at the time, former US national security adviser General James L. Jones, were published in their entirety on Foreign Policy magazine's website  and concurrently on the Washington Post's website.
Ijaz alleged that former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani asked him to deliver the confidential memo asking for US assistance. The memo is alleged to have been drafted by Haqqani at the behest of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. The Supreme Court of Pakistan opened a broader inquiry into the origins, credibility and purpose of the memo.
On June 12, 2012, according to a report released by the Judicial Commission tasked with investigating the origins, purpose and authenticity of the memorandum, it found that the alleged memorandum was authentic and that former ambassador Husain Haqqani was its "originator and architect". The report said he had in fact sought US support through the memo and wanted to head a new national security team in Pakistan. The report also stated that Haqqani was not loyal to Pakistan as he had left the country, had no material assets in Pakistan and was now living abroad. The Supreme Court, upon hearing the report in session, ordered the former ambassador to appear before the bench. The process of repatriating Haqqani to Pakistan for his appearance in front of the high court continues to the present day.
The Judicial Commission report also exonerated President Zardari from any prior knowledge of the memorandum, although it noted that in the "considered view" of the justices, Haqqani had led Ijaz to believe the memorandum had the Pakistani president's approval.
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- Bergen, Peter (November 24, 2011). "What's behind the furor in Pakistan?". CNN. Retrieved 2011-11-24.
- Woolsey, R. James; Ijaz, Mansoor (November 28, 2001). "How Secure is Pakistan's Plutonium". New York Times. Retrieved 2001-11-28.
- Woolsey, R. James; Ijaz, Mansoor (September 12, 2001). "Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2001-09-12.
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- Stupidisco Music Video by DJ Junior Jack
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- RAF "Rebuilding Afghanistan Foundation".
- "To Infinity and Beyond". Lotus F1 Team Official Website. June 18, 2013.
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- "1997 Congressional Hearings - Intelligence & Security". June 10, 1997.
- "Bill Clinton: I got closer to killing bin Laden". CNN. September 24, 2006. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
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