Barclays Management Team
Head of Personal Banking, Barclays UAE
Venky joined Barclays in August 2010 and has overall responsibility for the Personal Banking strategy in the UAE.
Venky joined Barclays from HSBC where he held the position of Head of Retail from 2007 to 2010 across eight countries in the Middle East. Prior to HSBC Venky was with Citibank for 13 years where he held a number of roles across India, Indonesia, Poland and the Middle East. Venky has extensive experience of building franchises with assignments ranging from building a wealth business in India, an insurance business in Poland, to launching consumer banking in Algeria and Kuwait.Venky is a qualified electronics engineer. He graduated in Engineering and received his MBA from a leading business school in India.
Chief Executive Officer, Middle East &
John Vitalo is the Chief Executive Officer of Barclays in the Middle East and North Africa, comprising Barclays Capital, Barclays Wealth and Barclays Corporate.
Head of Corporate Banking, Barclays – UAE & GCC
Rezwan Mirza is Head of the Corporate Banking division at Barclays in the UAE and GCC.
Managing Director, Head of Middle East and North Africa, Wealth and Investment Management
Rory Gilbert is Managing Director and Head of Middle East and North Africa for Wealth and Investment Management, based in Dubai. He joined Barclays in 2007.
Prior to this, Rory was at UBS where he spent five years as a client adviser and team leader, most recently managing a team of investment professionals in UBS’s London-based high net worth business.
Before joining UBS, Rory worked at Goldman Sachs. He has also served as an officer in the British Army’s Parachute Regiment.
Rory has a degree from Bristol University in Biochemistry and Physiology and an MBA from London Business School.
Makram Azar is Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, responsible for EMEA activities.
In addition, he is a Managing Director and Senior Relationship Banker Europe, Middle East and North Africa and Head of Investment Banking, Middle East and North Africa.
Mr. Azar joined Barclays Capital in September 2010 from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co ('KKR') where he was Managing Director and Head of Middle East and North Africa.
Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Azar had spent 18 years at Lehman Brothers, latterly as Managing Director, Global Head of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Chairman of Media Investment Banking for Europe & the Middle-East. Previously he led the Media, Consumer & Retail Investment Banking businesses of Lehman Brothers in Europe & Middle-East, based in London.
Mr. Azar holds a Master's Degree in Management and Finance from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and a BA in Applied Economics from the University Paris-IX Dauphine.