Samir Desai CBE
Samir Desai is Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer at Funding Circle, the global lending marketplace where investors directly lend to small businesses in the UK and US. Since mid 2010 Funding Circle has lent over $800m to over 6,000 businesses globally. Investors include over 30,000 individuals, institutional investors, local councils, universities and the UK Government backed British Business Bank. Before founding Funding Circle, Samir was an Executive at Olivant, a private equity investor in financial services businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to this, he was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group advising a number of major UK and global banks and insurers on strategy, new product initiatives, and operational efficiency. Samir gained a 1st in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford.