The Truth About Harry Harrison and His Time at Barclays

As the former lead at Barclays Non-Core in London, Harry Harrison held the role from 2014 to 2017. Harrison had roles within the investment and trading industries at Barclays for more than 20 years. He earned his Master of Philosophy in Finance at Cambridge and his BS in Economics from the University of Warwick.

These days Harrison lives in New York. He married Amy Nauiokas who’s the president and founder of the digital financial services advisory and investment agency, Anthemis Group.

Where did you get the idea for your firm?

Everything began with my robust curiosity surround how businesses operate. That means the ways they bring a business theory or idea from a model into reality at the micro level. Then it’s knowing how that responds with the macroeconomic factors that ultimately make the markets work (or not).

I decided to go into economics for an A-level with my major in college. I went directly on to Cambridge afterward to do graduate financial work. At that time, it was extremely difficult to consider a career that wasn’t in the financial services sector. This was 28 years back, but since then he’s served many years as a manager of teams for fixed income sales and a derivatives trader.

How’s your typical day and what things go into making it productive?

He said he wasn’t trying to use this answer as a cop out, but he “doesn’t have a normal day right now.” His previous job at Barclays was turning down a $110 billion valuation of companies that the bank chose to leave.

When they were finished, he noticed an excellent opportunity to go on a hiatus and travel to other places than large financial institutions. For him, that’s been a lot of various things.

He’s enjoyed his role as a stay-at-home father. There hasn’t been more variety in his life than in the mix of homework assignments, field trips, sprained wrists, upset stomachs and playdates that take up the calendar of a 5 and 8-year-old.

The business person he’s spent the most of his time with is his wife. Whether that’s on the summit of a mountain in France where she’s directing a retreat or at film festivals where she’s debuting movies.

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