Barclays Management Team


Makram Azar

MENA Chairman and Global Vice Chairman for Investment Banking, Barclays Plc

Makram Azar is MENA Chairman and Global 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.
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, 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.
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.

Venkatesh Srikantan

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.


Rezwan Mirza

Managing Director
Head of Corporate Banking, Barclays – UAE & GCC

Rezwan Mirza is Head of the Corporate Banking division at Barclays in the UAE and GCC.

Rezwan is responsible for driving the corporate banking business in the Gulf region and providing the best solutions to our clients by leveraging the overall global capabilities of the Barclays organisation to serve the corporate client base. Rezwan previously held various senior positions including Head of Corporate Coverage and Head of Debt Finance for Barclays in the GCC.

Prior to this Rezwan was a Director at the Investment Bank of Barclays. Rezwan’s responsibilities included client coverage and business origination across the GCC region. His client base included a number of the Sovereign Wealth Funds as well as other government related entities responsible for developing various sectors of the economy in these markets. During this time, Rezwan worked closely with Barclays team of corporate bankers to ensure that their clients were provided investment banking coverage.

Before joining Barclays, Rezwan was an Executive Director in the Investment Banking Division at UBS in New York. Rezwan’s transaction and advisory experience includes a variety of public and private equity financings, bank and bond debt origination, corporate restructurings, M&A and risk management.

Rezwan started his career with Ernst & Young in Houston and is a Certified Public Accountant. Rezwan has a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in Accounting from Rice University, Houston and a MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.

Cedric Lizin’s

Cedric Lizin

Managing Director,
Head of Barclays Wealth and Investment
Management for MENA and Japan

Lizin is Head of Wealth Management for the Middle East and North Africa, responsible for developing the business and managing the Middle East and European-based private banking teams covering these regions in order to deliver growth strategies.

He is also Head of Business, Japan, where he oversees on behalf of Barclays the private banking joint venture with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. for high net worth and ultra high net worth individuals in Japan.

Based in Dubai, Lizin joined Barclays in June 2007 as Chief Operating Officer for Asia. He was responsible for building up the platform for the Asia business, and establishing robust risk and control frameworks to enable the growth of the business. Prior to Barclays, he was with Credit Suisse in Singapore. He also spent over 10 years working in Europe. He was with Fortis Private Bank as Head of Strategy and Operations, and later as Deputy Chief Performance Manager for the Fortis Group. He also worked as an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company, after starting his career as a Risk Analyst for Credit Communal.

Lizin is an Electro-Mechanical Engineer from Université de Liège (Belgium) and holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Management from Solvay Business School (Belgium), both earned valedictorian, with the highest distinction and congratulations of the Jury.