Speakers Profile - Alicia Barry










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Alicia Barry is one of the most recognisable faces of business, finance and economics coverage in Australia.

She is a warm, energetic, authentic broadcast professional, with over 17 years of experience as a financial journalist and presenter for ABC News based in Sydney.

She has extensive interviewing and live TV experience.

Alicia hosts the network's 'The Business' program on Thursdays providing deep analysis and insight into the events in the local and global economy and shining a light on the happenings in corporate Australia.

She constantly questions leaders of major corporations such as Qantas' Alan Joyce, NAB's Ross McEwan and Afterpay’s boss Anthony Eisen & Flight Centre’s CEO Graham Turner.

She reports from the newsroom on major breaking business news stories and economic events including Australia's first recession in 28 years, US China tensions, the tech led stock market rally, the Covid19 pandemic's impact on corporate results and the outlook for the housing sector.

Starting out as a business producer at SKY News Australia, Alicia quickly moved up the ranks and then jumped to the ABC an associate producer of 'BusinessToday' in 2007, before taking over the executive producer role in 2009.

Alicia moved through the ABC newsroom in radio, radio current affairs and as a and finance business TV reporter; before taking up prime time presenting roles in 2011.

Constantly curious and widely read; Alicia enjoys exploring complex economic issues, machinations of markets and the inner working of corporations and their culture and has a keen interest in how organisations are adapting to the climate change issues looming.

She feels very privileged to be working in an industry she loves at an organisation she has such respect for.

Alicia is married with two little kids and a stepdaughter and like most parents is learning to juggle, work, life and family: sometimes successfully!