Ziad K. Abdelnour
December 3, 1960 |
|Occupation||Author and President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc|
Ziad K. Abdelnour is a Lebanese-born American investment banker and financier and activist on Lebanon-related issues. He is President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., Founder & President of the Financial Policy Council and President & Founder of the U.S Committee for a Free Lebanon. 
Abdelnour was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He received a BS degree in Economics in 1982 from the American University of Beirut an MBA degree in finance at Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. 
Abdelnour was a founding member of the United States Committee for A Free Lebanon, an immigrant association lobbying the United States government to oppose Syria's influence in Lebanon, supporting the Syria Accountability Act. He supported the neoconservative Middle East Forum, co-authoring a Forum study whose signatories included later George W. Bush administration officials Paula Dobriansky and Douglas Feith.
Following graduation Abdelnour worked as an investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he was a successful junk bond trader under Michael Milken. In 2006 he founded his own investment company/private family office after a career on Wall Street trading physical commodities and advising and investing in privately-held companies.  
In 2011 he wrote Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics, arguing that governments should focus on wealth creation, not job creation. In early May 2013, the SEC settled a securities case with Abdelnour for a $25,000 fine and a five-year ban from the securities industry.
Abdelnour, Ziad (2011). Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics. Wiley. ISBN 1118150120.
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- Jones, Forrest; Martella, Ashley (December 1, 2011). "Abdelnour: Government Needs to Let Businesses Create Jobs". Moneynews (Newsmax).