President and Chief Executive Officer
Carlyle Development Group
Location: New York, New York
As Chief Executive Officer of Carlyle Development Group, Abdi provides strategic guidance and leadership for all aspects of the firm’s operations. Following more than 30 years of experience, Abdi has established himself as an astute investor, identifying undervalued assets and emerging real estate trends and successfully execute on the formulated strategy. Abdi is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in Civil and Structural Engineering (B.S.E , M.S.E 1984). He began his construction career in the United States with Hartz Mountain Industries as a civil engineer for construction of commercial properties. He then moved on to create his own property acquisition and development entities including North American Development, and Emanuel Land Company, a property management and development company, and a subsidiary of Emanuel & Company, a Wall Street investment banking firm. His responsibilities at Emanuel were to assess the engineering and financial feasibility of investment grade development projects, and syndication of real estate partnerships. In late 1987, he joined CDG as a partner, where his responsibilities included the evaluation and supervision of all investment activities.
Also, Abdi has always been an avid student of science and technology, which in 2005 led him to a large investment in Liquidmetal Technologies, a former NASDAQ listed company, and a leading force in the research, development and commercialization of a revolutionary class of patented alloys and processes with applications in a broad range of medical, military, consumer, industrial, and sporting goods products. Abdi has served on Liquidmetal’s board of directors since May 2009 and became Chairman of the board of directors in March 2010.