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Changing world, new thinking: Three key takeaways from Barclays Asia Forum 2023

The way we work, live, and trade is changing, leaving businesses and economies to grapple with volatility and ambiguity to an extent not witnessed in decades. At Barclays Asia Forum, public and private sector leaders discussed practical strategies to create growth and opportunity in response.

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About the experts

Angela Liu

CEO, China, Barclays

In her role, Angela is focused on strengthening the firm’s existing cross-border Corporate and Investment Bank platform by expanding its capabilities to connect Chinese corporates and financial institutions to the capital markets of Asia Pacific, UK, Europe, and the Americas; and also connect global clients to the fast-growing capital market opportunities in China. She leads the firm’s China growth initiatives across all product lines in Global Markets, Investment Banking, and Corporate Banking. In addition, she serves as Head of FIC Sales, Non-Japan Asia Pacific, responsible for distribution to clients across the region. Before joining Barclays, Angela was the Head of Institutional Client Group, China and Hong Kong at Deutsche Bank. Prior to that, she was at Morgan Stanley for over 17 years in New York and Hong Kong and also served as Chairman of the Board for Morgan Stanley Bank International (China). Angela graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Applied Mathematics. She now serves on the Board of Visitors for the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia.

Ajay Rajadhyaksha

Global Chairman of Research

Ajay Rajadhyaksha is Global Chairman of Research at Barclays, based in New York. He drives the global macro research and strategy effort, including economics, rates, FX, commodities, emerging markets, and asset allocation. Since joining Barclays in 2005, Ajay has held various positions, including Head of Macro Research, Co-Head of FICC Research and, before that, Head of US Fixed Income Research and US and European Securitised Research.

Kristin Roth DeClark

Global Head of Technology Investment Banking

Kristin Roth DeClark is the Global Head of Technology Investment Banking at Barclays, overseeing the firm's coverage of technology clients worldwide across all capital markets products and M&A. She sits on the firm’s Investment Banking Management Committee. Ms. DeClark's career in investment banking spans over 20 years, largely focused on financing technology clients. Prior to her current role, she served as the Co-Head of Global Capital Markets, where she was responsible for Barclays’ capital markets businesses globally, including Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance, Securitized Products, and Derivatives. Before that, she held the position of Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets (ECM) in the Americas and Global Head of Technology ECM. Ms. DeClark joined Barclays in 2019, and prior to that, she held several senior roles in ECM at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, including serving as the Global Head of Technology ECM at Deutsche Bank from 2015 to 2019. Throughout her career, Ms. DeClark has financed numerous high-profile technology companies including more recently companies such as AvidXchange, BigCommerce, Compass, Definitive Healthcare, First Advantage, GoodRx, LegalZoom, Mobileye, Poshmark, PowerSchool, Procore, Rent the Runway, Rivian, ThredUp, and ZoomInfo. Ms. DeClark earned a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.

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