Bob Diamond is Founder and CEO of Atlas Merchant Capital and a Director of Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Ltd. Mr. Diamond was previously Chief Executive of Barclays PLC (“Barclays”), and prior to that CEO of Barclays Capital, where he built the investment bank, and Barclays Global Investors, the asset management division of Barclays. Mr. Diamond also oversaw the integration of Barclays and ABSA’s African business across nine countries in Africa under one brand, and launched the pan-African corporate and investment bank, ABSA Capital. In 2009 ABSA Bank was recognized as “the most innovative bank in Africa”. Prior to that he worked at Morgan Stanley for over ten years. Mr. Diamond is currently a Life Member of The Council on Foreign Relations, and is involved in several non-profit initiatives. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, a Trustee of The Mayor’s Fund for LONDON, Co-Chairman and President of the New York Chapter of Invest Africa and a Director of the Diamond Family Foundation, which received the “Princeton in Africa Award” in November 2013. Mr. Diamond holds a B.A. in Economics from Colby College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut, where he ranked first in his class (1977).