As Zopa co-Founder and CEO, James Alexander was a pioneer in peer-to-peer lending. Putting those with a small amount to invest in front of reliable borrowers has proved a successful business model, generating over £1bn to date.
James is a Director of FutureAgenda.org, an open-source think tank and advisory delivering foresight, strategy and innovation to some of the world’s leading organisations (e.g. Amazon,
Mastercard, WWF). James leads the Strategy practise where recent work includes leading whole organisation strategy development for WWF and Which?
He also advises a number of social ventures and charities including: Chair, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Chair Finance.Earth (enabling purposeful investment into conservation, climate and communities), Chair Agricarbon (reliable, affordable quantification of soil carbon). He is a Trustee at GreenThing and was previously a Trustee for the RSPB.
James is a co-founder of #voicefortheplanet, the coalition aimed at securing a global deal for nature in 2022, launched at the World Economic Forum in 2019. Through #VoiceForThePlanet he has acted as a co-convenor of #TheRaceIsOn to secure a nature positive world by 2030. He was previously a co-founder and Executive Director of Zopa, a disruptor and the world’s first P2P lender. Prior to this he was Strategy Director at Egg during its high growth phase. He has been an advisor to a number of innovative finance payers including Seedrs and LandBay.
He holds a (very out of date) MBA from INSEAD and a 1st class honours degree from University College, London. He is a birdwatcher and was fortunate enough to be part of a 3-person team who re-discovered three species of bird, considered by many to be extinct.
He has also worked as a growth strategy consultant at both The Foundation and LEK Consulting, where his clients included Tesco, Eurostar, Barclays, HSBC, Save the Children, The Guardian, Redburn, M&S and Just Giving. James is now helping others develop customer-centred growth strategies.
In presentations, he examines disruption across a range of industries, including Fintech, and considers how long established organisations can drive innovation.