Our Founder

A Permanent Resident based in Hong Kong since 2009, William Barkshire is Managing Partner of GBA Partners Limited and Chairman of its global network of advisers. He has over 30 years of financial services sector experience covering Asia (including China), Europe, India, Middle East, and the United States. His family’s long relationship with Hong Kong was first established in 1903.

Prior to founding GBA Partners he served as Head of Sales and Strategy for Greater China at FNZ, a leading wealth technology unicorn with USD 1.5trn AUA whose investors include Temasek.

He has also held senior management positions at a number of organisations including at Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange (backed by leading Chinese State Owned Enterprises) as Co-CEO, London Stock Exchange as Director of Corporate Strategy and CEO’s Committee Member, London Clearing House as MD of Strategy and EXCO member, Australian Stock Exchange as Senior Adviser, and London International Financial Futures Exchange (now ICE Futures Europe). He commenced his career at SG Warburg (now UBS).

He sits on the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce’s Financial Services and Treasury Committee and its Asia and Africa Committee and is an active Member in various committees of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong.  He has served as a Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University, as a member of the Treasury Markets Association and as an Expert Commentator on China Radio International (Beijing).

He is also a Fellow of the Hong Kong and Securities Institute (HKSI) and a Freeman of the City of London. He is an active Kindness Walk Leader for ImpactHK, a charity focusing on helping those experiencing homelessness and addictions, and is also on the Advisory Board of the Carbon Neutral Club, an NGO based in Hong Kong in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

He holds a BSC (Hons) degree from Southampton University (UK).

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