Not Just a Commodity Independent USA, a Commodity Dominant USA

Wednesday September 13, 2017

6:00 - 8:30 PM


Mr. Ziad Abdelnour

Moderator, Chairman FPC


Mr. Keith Jacobsen

Owner of Keith Jacobsen LLC


Mr. Jeff Frase

Chief Executive Officer of Noble Group

Not Just a Commodity Independent USA, a Commodity Dominant USA

You are cordially invited on behalf of the Financial Policy Council’s Board of Directors, to our next Financial Policy Council power summit featuring a panel discussion covering the commodities business; an ever growing asset class that is of increasing importance the world over. You don’t want to miss this!

  • TOPIC : Not Just a Commodity Independent USA, a Commodity Dominant USA
  • DATE : Wednesday September 13, 2017
  • TIME : 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • LOCATION : The Graduate Center / CUNY at 365 Fifth Avenue at The Elebash Recital Hall – On the main floor of the building and on the left as you enter into the main lobby


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 equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups, and growth capital financing in companies and projects based both in the US and emerging markets and the trading of key physical commodities.

Mr. Abdelnour is also Founder & 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.

Since 1985, Mr. Abdelnour has been involved in over 125 transactions worth in aggregate over $10 billion in the investment banking, high yield bond and distressed debt markets and has been widely recognized for playing an integral role in those three key market sectors.

Mr. Abdelnour is an astute market player who also serves on the Advisory board of DPG Investments, a recognized premier multi strategy global merchant banking, alternative investment, management and advisory firm.

On a more personal level, Mr. Abdelnour, former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America, is the author of “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 and a prolific writer for 100+ entrepreneurial and financial publications advising and educating investors in private equity, hedge funds, crowdfunding, Sovereign Wealth Funds, fund-of-funds, angel networks, venture capital and family offices.

Mr. Abdelnour is also a regular 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…and a key “influencer” in his own right having a hard core constituency of over 2 million viewers having read his blog postings and analyses since January 2014.

Mr. Abdelnour holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut.

He was recently listed as one of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World.

The Panelists:

Jeff Frase is the Chief Executive Officer of Noble Group and President of Noble Americas, based in Stamford, Connecticut and was elected to the Board of Directors in June, 2016. Jeff brings 25 years of commodity trading expertise to Noble, most all in Oil.

He joined the Noble Group in 2013 from JP Morgan in New York where he was a Managing Director and Global Head of Oil Trading from 2008-2013 and has held a number of leadership positions, including Head of Global Oil Liquids and President of Noble Americas.

Prior to JP Morgan, he spent a year at Lehman Brothers (2007-2008) and before that was with Goldman Sachs for seventeen years (1990-2007), where he was a Managing Director and Global Head of Crude Oil and Derivatives Trading. Jeff joined Goldman Sachs’ commodity arm, J.Aron, in 1990 from Lehigh University where he earned a B.S. in Business and Economics (Finance).

Keith Jacobsen is the Owner of Keith Jacobsen LLC and the co-Owner of International Coin Alliance (ICA) and also the Director of the British Pobjoy Mint Special Services department.

He has been in the collectible coin business for over 25 years and has worked for two of the largest coin marketing firms in the country, serving as the Executive Vice President of one and as Senior Sales Executive of the other.

Mr. Jacobsen has placed tens of millions of dollars of silver, gold and platinum collectible coins in his clients’ portfolios and has been hugely successful with his business motto of “treat people the way you’d like to be treated.” His job is to help clients improve and add value to their collections and portfolios, at the very best prices possible.

Business Attire please.

Tickets are $49 per person.  Please register by clicking the link below.​

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