The Drag Race of Digital Progress… Are You Belted In?

Friday, 7. April 2017.

6:00 - 8:30 PM


Mr. Ziad Abdelnour

Moderator, Chairman FPC


Mr. Jason Cherubini

CEO, Seraphim Associates


Mr. Vijay Lakshman

Co-founder, Mythborn Media


Mr. Joe Nagy

CEO, Nagy Films


Mr. Richard Switzer

Film Producer, Dawn's Light

The Drag Race of Digital Progress… Are You Belted In?

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 what the changing digital landscape, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Information on Demand mean for digital media, its investors, and content creators.  You don’t want to miss this!

  • TOPIC : The Drag Race of Digital Progress…Are You Belted In?
  • DATE : Friday, April 7, 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:

Jason Cherubini, CPA is CEO/Founder of Seraphim Associates and has over 15 years experience in international development, strategic planning and reorganization of start-up to mid-stage companies. He has specialized in capital raising and maximizing shareholder return through operational efficiencies. He has worked across a variety of industries including media, manufacturing, real estate, government contracting, and renewable energy, but his core area of focus has been in the technology industry, specifically focusing on education and entertainment.

Mr. Cherubini has a passion for education and currently holds a tenure track appointment in the Business Management Department at Goucher college in Baltimore, MD and is an occasional visiting professorship at Nordakademie in Hamburg, Germany. He is an active researcher in the field of accounting education innovation and its application in the classroom. His recent publications include “IFRS In The General Business Curriculum: Why Should We Care? ” in the CPA Journal, “User Oriented IFRS Education in Introductory Accounting at U.S. Academic Institutions: Current Status and Influencing Factors” in Issues in Accounting Education and “IFRS in Introductory Financial Accounting Using an Integrated, Comparison-Based Approach” in Advances in Accounting Education.

Mr. Cherubini holds a CPA license from the state of Maryland. He is a graduate of the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University having earned a Master of Business Administration Degree, concentrating in Finance and International Business; a Master of Accounting Degree; and a Bachelor of Science in Management Degree.

Vijay Lakshman is a 28-year veteran of the interactive entertainment industry, having been the executive in charge of production on many mega-franchise hits, including The Lord of the Rings Online, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and Animal Jam. He has successfully produced and shipped over 85 titles and spearheaded the creation of top brands throughout his career.  Mr. Lakshman’s products have exceeded $1 billion in lifetime sales. He currently serves as co-founder of Mythborn Media LLC, and is the author of the award-winning series, Mythborn.

In addition to Mr. Lakshman’s creation of over eighty-five titles in his career as a software designer and architect of challenge-based learning software, he has raised funding as an entrepreneur with four startups. When not engaged in writing or creating innovative software,  Mr. Lakshman spends his free time entertaining his curiosity. This includes researching useless facts on Google, testing ideas on combustion and amateur cryptozoology from the comfort and safety of his internet connected armchair.

Mr. Lakshman’s education includes graduation from the Harvard Business School’s elite General Manager Program, thirty years of training in karate, sixteen years of close combat grappling, fifteen years of kendo, six years of long-distance cycling, and taking various things in the house apart.

Joe Nagy has worked in the television industry for over 30 years, at one time owning a production facility as well as a production company and advertising agency.  Prior to that, he was a Producer Director at various television stations throughout the country, including Detroit and Washington D.C.

Starting with his involvement on The Blair Witch Project, he has focused more of his attention on providing content for television and the motion picture industry. In the course of his career, his projects have received numerous awards such as the Emmy, Addy, Telly, Clio, Houston Film Festival Award, Ohio State Award, Monitor Award, Crystal Award of Excellence, US Television Commercials Festival award, American Film and Video Festival Award, and US Industrial Film Festival Award.  For 5 years, Nagy Films and its parent company, The Jayen Group, Inc., was the Advertising Agency of record for The D.C. Lottery.

Some of the Film and Television projects Mr. Nagy has been involved in as Producer or Director or other parts of production include: “The Blair Witch Project” (1999); “Seventh Moon” (2009); “The Final Days” (1989); “Lovely Molly” (2011); “And Justice For All” (1980);  “The James Brown Special”; “Panorama with John Denver”; BBC Midweek” (Live Series) with Ludovic Kennedy; “Sports People and Povich” (Series) with Maury Povich; ITN London “News at Ten” (Live) with Michael Brunson; “Missing Children” with Bill Cosby; and many more.

Richard Switzer is a film producer with Dawn’s Light, who has developed an expertise in packaging, financing, and monetizing independent films as a young media entrepreneur.  He was profiled on Entertainment Tonight in February of 2014 at the age of 18 for being the youngest film producer in history.  His 1st feature film; A Fatal Obsession, was produced by Mr. Switzer as a freshman in film school at the School of Visual Arts in New York City at the age of 18, and was shot entirely by a crew of film students. The film was acquired in North America by Lifetime TV and is currently airing on TV in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, released by NBC Universal, among other territories.

Mr. Switzer learned the process of film distribution and international sales at an early age and had produced and arranged financing for a dozen feature films by the age of 20 under his former independent film production company, Switzer Entertainment Group.

Mr. Switzer’s films have been licensed in major overseas territories, including Germany, Japan, China, South Africa, Russia, and Greece, among many others, and released on every platform in North America and have been sold to major distributors such as Lionsgate and Sony Pictures.

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