The Future of Digital Economics and Global Impact of Automation

Thursday July 12, 2018

6:00 - 8:30 PM


Ziad Abdelnour

Moderator, Chairman FPC


Hari Eppanapally

Chairman of the board for Quibble Genomics Institute, Inc. and Founding Member of the Financial Policy Council


Nimish Mistry

MD, Chairman of the Board, Mistry Family Office


Dr. Kyle Knapp

CEO, Bitcare

Alexandra Levin Kramer

Chair Partner, Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency, CKR Law

Jeffrey A. Rinde

Managing Partner - CKR Law

The Future of Digital Economics and Global Impact of Automation




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 exploring the Future of Digital Economics and Global Impact of Automation; an ever growing group of asset classes that are of increasing importance the world over. You don’t want to miss this thanks to our Event Sponsors Nimish Mistry Family Office, CKR Law and Bitcare

  • TOPIC : The Future of Digital Economics and Global Impact of Automation
  • DATE : Thursday July 12, 2018
  • 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:

Hari Eppanapally, Chairman of the board for Quibble Genomics Institute, Inc. and Founding Member of the Financial Policy Council

As Vice President of the Financial Policy Council, and with over 25 years of experience as a financial services IT professional, Mr. Eppanapally has been involved in directing and managing global technology initiatives including strategic planning, architecture, design, development and deployment. He has worked over the years at several Wall Street investment banks like Merrill Lynch, Blackrock, Credit Suisse, Alliance Capital and BNY Mellon.

Mr. Eppanapally is the Chairman of the board for Quibble Genomics Institute, Inc. (, focused to bring a revolution in consumer genomics, personalized medicine, and population health. Quibble specializes in human genome modeling, analysis and visualization by transforms the bio samples to visually appealing Genomic insights based on Unity3D gaming technology.

Mr. Eppanapally is the Co-Founder of Virtual Reality Minds, Inc. (, a technology platform for setting up multi-channel interactive TV broadcast networks to watch in normal and Virtual Reality modes.

Mr. Eppanapally is an Investor and Advisory Board Member of, a platform to simplify student’s acceptance to college. He is also an Investor in TerViva, Inc, (, an innovative Ag-Tech company transforming distressed agricultural lands into productive sources of protein and renewable bioenergy through orchard crop called Pongamia.

Mr. Eppanapally received his B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India, and M.S. in Computer and Information Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey. He is a graduate of the Executive Program in General Management (EPGM) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management. He is an Advisory Board Member of Rutgers University’s BigData Program.

Dr. Kyle Knapp, CEO of Bitcare

Dr. Kyle Knapp is the CEO of Bitcare, a healthcare Blockchain company and an IT expert, educator in the Regenerative medicine industry, and integrator of advanced Diagnostics. His mission has been to fully address the healthcare system with innovative; Healthcare Blockchain IT solutions, Diagnostics, and emerging treatments that assist to heal the healthcare ecosystem.

Currently Dr. Knapp works with all types of healthcare clinicians across the United States to educate, instruct, and integrate these healthcare solutions. In order to combat the opioid epidemic, proper diagnosis, and surgical alternatives need to be widely utilized across the Healthcare system.

Dr. Knapp came to these approaches from a deep understanding of technology, government, healthcare, and trauma. He served in the Army as an Airborne Infantryman that injured the spine. Understanding that functional medicine approach with accurately diagnosing the root cause is paramount. Then becoming deeply involved with regenerative medicine as a solution to regrow ligaments, tissue ,and reconnect bones. Having integrated clinics and expanded services for the federal government. His strong multidisciplinary clinical background, life experiences’, federal contracting, with military guidance led him into the man he is today!

Alexandra “Sasha” Levin Kramer, is a partner at the global law firm of CKR Law LLP, and the Founding Chair of its Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency practice group of over 50 attorneys world-wide, who provide U.S. and foreign clients including startups, crypto funds, investors, advisors and more with sophisticated and knowledgeable legal advice in underlying legal specialties such as securities, real estate, intellectual property, banking, tax, finance, corporate, investment funds, employment and litigation.

She was the President of the International Blockchain Real Estate Association and currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. On behalf of the CKR Charitable Foundation, Alexandra organized the monumental Women on the Block diversity conference in New York on Mother’s Day, 2018 (see press below).

Prior to attending law school, Alexandra worked in Jerusalem in the offices of Member of Parliament Dr. Yuri Shtern and the Yisrael B’Aliya Parliamentary Party. Alexandra started her law practice as a U.S. corporate & securities attorney in London at magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and later at White & Case in London and New York. Eventually she focused on real estate transactions at Katten Muchin Rosenman in New York. She later co-founded an alternative real estate investment fund, which she managed for five years before returning to practice blockchain law at CKR Law LLP.

She is a graduate of New York University (MS, Real Estate, 2011), University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD, 2001) and Barnard College of Columbia University (BA, 1994). Alexandra is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales.

Recent Press:

Nimish Mistry, MD, Chairman of the Board, Mistry Family Office

Nimish Mistry is the Chairman of the Board at the Mistry’s family office, President of The Dreamworks Media Company and a stakeholder in multiple companies globally. He has been interviewed at NASDAQ for his family office contributions. He is an impact investor and has invested in a number of industries and asset classes globally. His investments come with a humanitarian touch. He has worked with Fortune companies as well as venture capital funds. He has great regard for family values and adheres to the principles of Vedic Arthashastra, a 5000- year-old Indian management philosophy. He, at age 26 has been awarded as The National development Jewel of India, with a Gold medal.

Nimish’s business hubs are London and the US. Apart from heading his family office and other companies, he has developed brands like Auto Tax management, CureMe life, Active Victim and many others. Of these, the closest to him is Active Victim which addresses the raging problem of Gun Violence in the United States. He along with his team, have developed a hands on training program to take action in the event of active shooting incidents. He has also made a short film on the issue.

Nimish is also a mentor at Ramenworks, where he guides companies and entrepreneurs at no cost, it is his way of giving back to the society.

He is a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from VJTI in Mumbai India and holds a Masters of Science from Clarkson University, NY. He pursued contract law at Harvard University and is currently pursuing executive education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Business in Artificial Intelligence.

Jeffrey A. Rinde, Managing Partner – CKR Law

Jeffrey Rinde is the Managing Partners of CKR Law specializing in the corporate, securities and other regulatory aspects of global business ventures across a diverse array of industries between companies in the U.S. and Europe with Asia, Central and South America, Russia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.

With over twenty-five years of global legal, corporate and investment banking experience, Mr. Rinde represents both U.S. and foreign corporations across a wide range of industries. His broad experience includes public and private equity and debt security financings, blockchain technology & digital currency, international mergers and acquisitions, angel, venture capital and private equity financings, project finance, banking and financial instruments, secured debt transactions, going private transactions, foreign direct investment and corporate law and governance. Mr. Rinde regularly assists his clients with overcoming challenging government and regulatory issues confronting them in global emerging markets, including developing and implementing strategies to maximize opportunities, minimize risks, and accomplish their strategic goals.

Mr. Rinde has particular and distinctive skill in representing Chinese and other Asian-based companies in complex transactions to help expand their overseas business, access capital and list overseas, including the United States, Hong Kong and London, and representing foreign companies in all facets of business activities in mainland China.

Prior to joining CKR, Mr. Rinde was Chief Representative of Blank Rome’s Shanghai office whose primary responsibility was overseeing the firm’s Asia-based client matters. Earlier in his career, he was the head of the corporate department of Hodgson Russ’ New York office and established the firm’s Asian practice.

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