About Ziad Abdelnour

President and CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc.

Ziad Abdelnour, Wall Street financier, trader and author is President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a “private family office” that backs accomplished operating executives in growing their businesses both organically and through acquisitions and trades physical commodities – mostly oil derivatives – throughout the world.

Ziad Abdelnour is also Founder & President of the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon (USCFL) – America’s premier pro-Lebanon lobby and Founder & Chairman of the Financial Policy Council – a public policy-oriented organization with an objective of educating and informing the public about economic and fiscal matters. Moreover, He is a Member of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Forum and the Former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America.

“Blackhawk Partners is the quintessential emerging physical commodities trading/private equity house in the market. Gets the job done no matter what and keeps you happy. Just make sure you are as straight with them as an arrow. Highly recommended.”

Jeff Abernathy, Financier on 18 Sep 2013

“Ziad Abdelnour is special. He is a leader. He is smart. He is direct. He is a model. It’s hard to describe a man like him, I could use the word “genius” but Ziad is better than a genius. He is simply the best. I respect and admire him. Ziad has my highest recommendations.”

Matteo Lagreca, Fund Manager at Ares Quant on 12 Sep 2013

“He is brilliant, ethical, and a success story weaved from hard work, passion & pure intellect. What makes him different is he not only cares but he doesn’t rely on his talent but uses that along with hard work. An image of what someone aspires to be & and a no-brainer to invest…”

Mark Hamade on 31 Aug 2012

“A role model in the world of global investing with his own unique, stylish methods of high finance, Mr. Ziad Abdelnour needs no introduction. He is not only a great thinker but a doer, mover and shaker. Unwilling to accept the status quo, Ziad brings a wealth of knowledge to the table on many levels …”

Kristine Farra on 10 Jul 2012

Wall Street Financier

Since 1985, he has had a hand in over 125 transactions totaling more than $10 billion in the investment banking, high yield bond and distressed debt markets. To many, Mr. Abdelnour is widely recognized for playing an integral role in the global capital markets.

Before starting Blackhawk Partners, Ziad Abdelnour had many senior positions with numerous Wall Street firms including Drexel Burnham Lambert’s High Yield Bond Department where his responsibilities included investing, financing and restructuring more than 100 companies covering the industrial, manufacturing, consumer, logistics industries in the United States as well as emerging markets throughout the world.

Aside from his involvement in trading and finance, Ziad Abdelnour is the author of the book Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics

He is also co writer of the research report Ending Syria’s Occupation Of Lebanon: The U.S. Role.

Since the publication of his research report in June 2000, he has been a leading force in forming the US-Lebanon Policy debate towards Freedom in his native land and a heavily desired analyst regarding issues belonging to economic and political events in the Middle East at large and Lebanon specifically.


University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School

MBA in Financial Engineering

American University of Beirut

BS in Economics