Jim Barry


Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock Alternatives Investors and Global Head of BlackRock Real Assets

Jim Barry, Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock Alternatives Investors (BAI) and Global Head of BlackRock Real Assets. BAI manages over $175 billion in total assets and client commitments with a team of over 900. As CIO, Mr. Barry is responsible for providing leadership to the alternatives investment teams in all regions across the Real Estate, Infrastructure, Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Credit businesses. BlackRock Real Assets comprises BlackRock's Infrastructure and Real Estate businesses, which have c. 400 professionals across 27 cities globally, and manage c. $50 billion in equity and debt assets and investor commitments. He is responsible for determining the overall strategic direction of the Real Assets platform, implementing the platform's investment strategies and leading platform growth initiatives. Mr. Barry founded BlackRock's Infrastructure business in 2011 upon joining the firm. In 2016, he took responsibility for BlackRock's Global Real Estate Investment business by integrating both Infrastructure and Real Estate to create one cohesive, scalable Real Asset operating platform with a range of client orientated strategies defined by their risk positioning. Under his leadership this business has grown from $34 billion to c. $50 billion in assets. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Barry spent 11 years as the CEO of NTR plc, where he led the transformation of NTR from its origins as an Irish toll road developer into a leading international developer, owner and operator of a portfolio of diverse infrastructure businesses. Prior to joining NTR, Mr. Barry worked at Bain and Company and in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley. Mr. Barry earned a BComm from University College Cork in 1989 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994.

Sessions With Jim Barry

Thursday, 4 March

  • 01:20pm - 01:50pm (CST) / 04/mar/2021 07:20 pm - 04/mar/2021 07:50 pm

    Strategic Dialogue

    Sustainable Finance for the Energy Future

    Panel Markets/Economics/Strategy Power & Renewables Clean Tech Finance & Investment/Trading & Risk Management Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability Decarbonization Pathways
    The pledges have been announced. Virtually all the world's major economies have committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 or thereabouts. The challenge is stark: The current, sprawling energy system took more than a century to build; the aspiration is to overhaul it in 30 years. While there are many determinants of success, the most critical factor is capital investment, and the role of the financial industry in the reallocation of capital and climate risks across the energy investment space. In this panel, we will delve into the issues related to role, ability, and evolution of the global financial sector in the effort to deliver a sustainable energy system.