Makram was Chairman of Banking EMEA and Chairman of Barclays Bank PLC, MENA until January 2019 and has been a Senior Advisor to Barclays since.
Makram has recently founded Full Circle Capital, a private investment firm which partners with some of the world’s most influential families and organizations.
Makram joined Barclays in September 2010 from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) where he was Managing Director and Head of MENA. Prior to joining KKR, Makram had spent 18 years at Lehman Brothers, latterly as Global Head of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Chairman of Media Investment Banking EMEA. Previously he led the Media, Consumer & Retail Investment Banking businesses of Lehman Brothers in EMEA.
Throughout his 30-year career in the banking and investment industries, Makram has worked on over 215 deals across a broad geographic and sector spectrum, including numerous multi-billion dollar deals in telecoms, media, consumer, retail, hospitality, real estate and natural resources for a broad range of clients across multinational corporates, sovereign wealth funds and governments.
Makram holds a Master’s degree in Management and Finance from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and a BA in Applied Economics from the University Paris-IX Dauphine. Makram actively supports numerous philanthropic initiatives across several causes and geographies in the developed and developing countries.