Giles Andrews OBE
Co-founder & Chairman, Zopa
Giles Andrews OBE co-founded Zopa in 2004, became its CEO in 2007 and moved to the role of Chairman in 2015. Zopa was the world’s first P2P lending business and is shaping the future of consumer finance by providing better value and service. Zopa is profitable and has now made nearly £4bn of loans in the UK, with over £1bn lent in the last 12 months alone. Zopa is now planning to launch a next generation bank to extend its range of investment and borrowing products.
Giles is also chairman of Bethnal Green Ventures, the investor in start-ups using technology to make social or environmental impact, MarketInvoice, the FinTech platform where businesses have sold invoices to investors to raise over £2.5bn in working capital and Kreditech, the FinTech consumer lender based in Hamburg, operating in Spain, Poland, Russia and India and backed by J.C. Flowers, Värde Partners and Naspers.
Giles received a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Christ Church at Oxford University and his MBA from INSEAD. He was awarded an OBE in 2016 for services to financial services and was named FinTech leader of the year in the 2016 FinTech innovation awards.