CEO & cofounder, Funding Circle
Samir Desai is responsible for driving the strategy, finances and day-to-day operations of Funding Circle, a marketplace for business loans. To date, Funding Circle investors have lent over $800 million (£537 million) to 8,000 small businesses in the UK and US. UK investors include 37,000 individuals, the British Business Bank, local councils, universities and financial institutions. Prior to founding Funding Circle, Desai was an executive at investment firm Olivant and a management consultant at BCG, advising banks and insurers on strategy, new product initiatives, and operational efficiency.