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The sudden changes to working practices and market conditions brought on by COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the evolution and landscape of electronic trading.

Nej D’Jelal, Co-Head of Equities Electronic Trading, EMEA at Barclays and Alastair Clarke, Senior Equity Trader at Capital Group, discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has driven increased interest in electronic trading platforms, as traders on both the buy and sell sides look for the right tools to fit their new working environments. They consider how this attention has prompted the sector to grow at pace in recent months, and what lessons are already being learned to help it evolve even further.

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Nej D’Jelal is a Managing Director and Head of EMEA Electronic Equities and Quant Prime Services Product at Barclays Investment Bank. As co-head of the EMEA electronic equities business, Nej's responsibilities include business strategy, oversight and delivery of the electronic trading platform, and strategic engagement with key clients. Nej also represents Barclays' Equities division on the Barclays Markets Innovation Committee, serves on AFME's Equities Board, and is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Plato Partnership.

Nej joined Barclays in August 2012 from Goldman Sachs where he served as Executive Director. During his time at GS, Nej held roles in electronic trading technology, product development, algorithmic trading and electronic sales trading. He started his career in 2002 as an Analyst / Programmer at technology firm Logica.

Nej graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BSc in Business with Manufacturing Systems and MSc in Computer Science.

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