Khayam Ezzat

Business Analyst and Agile Coach

  • 14 Daleham Gardens, Belsize Park,  London NW3 5DA


I am a consultant with a strong track record of delivering software of tangible commercial value to the business. Through creative problem solving, I have managed to strike a happy balance between good design and meeting aggressive delivery dates.

My twenty two years in investment banking IT have encompassed both fixed income and equities, cash and derivatives,  from the front office through to the back office. This means that whatever department I work in I am always conscious and aware of how the systems being developed need to be plugged into the rest of the bank.

This view of the wider picture also means I am comfortable communicating at all levels of an organisation.

Over the past decade I have performed every different agile role in a hands on capacity.  In my last role I was able to apply that garnered experience to helping a department of about 150 people make the transition to an agile and lean way of working.

Work History

Work History


Nov 2012 - Present

Part of a team that devised and implemented the strategy for the Post Trade space in Barclays.  

Towards the start of the the role, the bank formally  adopted agile and lean as a way of working.   I was asked to help the teams in the post trade department, that had been working in a very traditional waterfall, command and control way, to make the transition.  

As well as coaching the teams and their management through the concepts, this was then backed up by periods of embedding myself within teams as a team member to showcase best practice. 

This tangibility of output was a key factor in convincing team members that agile was not a set of soundbites and conceptual buzzwords. 

The end result was a set of self managing teams that had achieved a high level of maturity in agile practice including BDD.

The technical challenge in the role centred around a number of disparate legacy settlement systems that artificially fragmented  business processes in the back office.  Technical expertise in the legacy systems was very limited and the maintainability of the code bases had eroded over the years.

Our solution centred around surfacing well typed  business process events from the legacy systems that were then stored and consumed by a set of new generation applications.  This proved relatively straightforward as most of the legacy code base was focussed on validating, defaulting and calculating the values that ended up being created.

The strategy also inverted the traditional  approach of calculating internal balances that are then compared to external balances overnight.  All instructions created both internally and externally  are captured in real time and posted to the Global Stock Record.

They also fed the Settlement Workflow product that redacted all the information required to expedite the settlement of instructions to one simple digestible screen of real time information that reflected the agent's view of the world.

CEO and Founder

Apr 2011 - Oct 2012
Secret Status

CEO and Founder, Founded an Internet startup that inverts the flow of information in the recruitment industry by enabling professionals to push their work status to recruiters. The application was successfully delivered into closed beta stage where it is being taken forward by my technical co-founder Ben Ritchie. Under his guidance, I gained immense technical experience learning Java, GWT, Big Data storage, Maven configuration, writing automated tests and best development practice.

Lead Business Analyst

Nov 2009 - Mar 2011
HSBC Prime Brokerage
Lead Business Analyst, In 2009 HSBC decided to enter the Prime Brokerage arena. Given the lack of Prime Brokerage experience within the bank, I was asked by the Head of Equities IT to help setup the department. Over the next year and half, I was involved in most aspects of the program, including recruitment, building it up to circa 100 personnel. The first release, based on a batch architecture, encompassed feeds from the Custody and Equity Finance systems and was delivered in May. This consisted of installing Syncova' Optima for consolidated margin calculation, and producing a client reporting suite. My role at this stage was working directly with the 10-15 technical staff to ensure its successful delivery. The second phase was about migrating to a near real time service oriented architecture on an Oracle Coherence grid. My role included managing a team of ten business analysts across the work-streams to deliver the end to end business functionality. This involved translating each of the design authority' high level business requirement into the specific IT requirements for each work-stream. As well helping the work-streams to understand the wider picture, I was involved in reviewing the business specifications and modeling. I also had joint responsibility with the testing manager for business end to end testing. I set up a testing methodology to define test scenarios, testing coverage and their implementation down to component testing. The work-streams ranged from trade capture of client custody instructions, and bilateral trades with HSBC desks, inventory management across all trade types(with as at/as of views) through to consolidated asset servicing, margining and risk calculation.

Senior Business Analyst

Jun 2007 - Nov 2009
HSBC Equity Finance
Senior Business Analyst, In 2007, HSBC had a legacy TRS system that was impeding the growth of the department. The challenge was to build a new system that would give them the operational efficiency and financial control to increase volumes in time for the new year. A team of four of us delivered it on time and budget. Over subsequent releases, the system was expanded out to handle CFDs, synthetic hedges and fully funded swaps amongst other things. A new custom report distribution platform, with full user workflow, was built around the Actuate product to complement the processing side. During my time in the Equity Finance department, profits grew three and half fold.

Senior Business Analyst

Apr 2005 - Jun 2007
Senior Business Analyst, My brief was to deliver a synthetic Prime Brokerage solution. This consisted in the main of developing a custom Portfolio Swap application. In order to maximise the sales traction, the system had to have the flexibility to support all contract optionality. This included a range of closeout methodologies, interest spread calculation variations, and timing optionality at the cashflow type level. In addition to the processing side, a report distribution platform was built. In 2007 Nomura won top place award for operational efficiency and are currently ranked sixth in providers in this space

Senior Business Analyst

Jan 2005 - Mar 2005
Delta Financial Tech.
Marketing and Senior Business Analyst, Worked on a number of sales pitches as well as completing the Portfolio Swap system.

Business Analyst

Apr 2004 - Dec 2004
Barclays Capital
Business Analyst, Jointly wrote functional specifications for Portfolio Swaps system.


Sep 2002 - Mar 2004
Investment Banking Training, Composed and delivered a number of investment banking training courses to non banking companies including PR agencies and recruitment consultancies.

Marketing Director and Business Analyst

Sep 2002 - Mar 2004
Irvine and Kozak
Marketing Director and Business Analyst, of client engagements including and Operational Risk vendor.

CEO and Founder

Jan 1996 - Sep 2002
CEO and Founder, Grips I setup a software house which I grew over seven years to a total of 35 staff and a turnover in excess of£ 2.5M. The package was designed to be a trade capture, settlement and accounting system across a broad range of products spanning equities and fixed income. The system was installed at GNI, where it is still in use processing over 50, 000 trades a day with circa fifteen people in the back office.

Business Analyst

Mar 1995 - Dec 1995
Barclays Capital(BZW)
Business Analyst, Implemented Gilt Repo solution.

Business Analyst

Jan 1994 - Mar 1995
S. G. Warburg
Business Analyst, Implemented GLOSS settlement system for Gilts and Eurobonds.


Sep 1991 - Dec 1993
Andersen Consulting



Maths and Computation 2.2

1988 - 1991
Worcester College University of Oxford

Came 1st and 3rd in Oxford Maths Entrance Papers

Secondary Education

1983 - 1988
Glenalmond College

11 O levels, 3 A Levels, 2 S Levels



FRONT Office


1 Repo Trading System - GRIPS

2 CFD Trading System - GRIPS , HSBC

1 TRS Trading System - HSBC

2 Portfolio Swap systems - Nomura, Delta Financial

2 Stock Lending systems - GRIPS, HSBC

1 Prime Brokerage system - HSBC

2 Swap Client Reporting platforms - Nomura, HSBC


Agile Mentor and Coach - Barclays Post Trade

Product Owner - Nomura

All round team member (Analyst, Dev and Testing) -- Secret Status

Business Analyst - HSBC

Multi Scrum Team Business Analyst Manager- HSBC 

Back Office


Settlement System - GRIPS

Accounting System - GRIPS

Corporate Actions - GRIPS , Nomura 


BDD - Cucumber and JBehave






Dependency Management Systems - Bower, NPM and Maven

Dependency Injection Frameworks: Spring, Google Guice and GIN

Google Web Toolkit


A number of references are available on request.   Alternatively please see the recommendations on my LinkedIn Profile