Meet entrepreneur and business advisor James Alexander, former CEO and co-founder of Zopa, one of the world’s first and Europe’s largest peer to peer lender. Zopa has been one of the disruptive pioneers in what has become Fintech and it helped pave the way for other collaborative and crowdfunding concepts from AirBnB and Uber to Funding Circle.

James will tell a personal story on founding and growing Zopa, explore what it takes to disrupt and innovate today and reflect on those qualities required to grow sustainably through a business lifecycle.

Inspiring Speaker Series - James Alexander

Why attend?

  • Understand what it will take to grow profitably, sustainably.
  • Be provoked by someone who has disrupted a sector.
  • Identifying innovation inhibitors.
  • Access foresight to build stronger strategy and innovation.

Join us at our regional events to be inspired, be challenged and grow your network.

About James Alexander

James is currently a Director of, an open source think tank and advisory firm, delivering foresight, research, strategy and innovation to some of the world’s leading organisations (e.g. Facebook, Apple, WWF). James was previously strategy director at Egg through its early growth phase. He now advises a number of innovative finance payers including Seedrs, Loot, and giffgaff gameplan, In addition, he works 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.

About Inspiring Speakers

In business, it’s about staying engaged and always looking ahead.

We bring leading thinkers, iconic entrepreneurs and industry disruptors to your region, to discuss their experiences, insights and lessons learned. Designed specifically for leaders of privately-owned businesses we aim to challenge, broaden your business community and give you a powerful perspective. It’s insightful, inspiring stuff.

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Every year, KPMG Enterprise events attract over 3,000 attendees. That’s thousands of potential insights, and countless connections. Here’s what they have to say about it.

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"I thought the speaker was excellent and the timing of the topic was just right for where we are in our business right now."

"A truly inspiring series of events - well done KPMG Enterprise!"

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