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Zopa’s co-founder named Fintech Leader of the Year

Last week, our Executive Chairman and Co-founder, Giles Andrews, was named Fintech Leader of the Year at the Fintech Innovation Awards.

Giles was on-hand to collect the award at a ceremony held in London. As well enjoying a few drinks and dinner, the guests heard a though-provoking talk from psychologist Dan Ariely on the irrationality of decision-making and what it means for financial services. You can hear him speak about a similar topic in his excellent TED Talk: Are we in control of our own decisions.

On the night

The awards recognised a number of innovative fintech companies. ClearScore, which gives people access to their credit scores online and for free, took home the awards for Innovation of the Year and Fintech Start-up of the Year.

Fellow peer-to-peer platform MarketInvoice took home the Innovation in Lending prize and Azimo won the award for Innovation in Money Transfer.

A bit about Giles

Giles was one of the founding team that established Zopa back in 2004, introducing the world to the concept of online peer-to-peer lending. Since then peer-to-peer lending has grown rapidly, and last year Zopa became the first UK peer-to-peer platform to lend its billionth pound and struck innovative deals with Metro Bank and Uber. Giles received an OBE for services to financial services in the New Year’s honours list. In August 2015, he took the role of Executive Chairman, and former COO Jaidev Janardana stepped up to take the leadership role at Zopa.

Talking about the award, Giles said, ‘This award is recognition of the strength of our idea for peer-to-peer lending and the growth we have seen since then as the idea has moved to the mainstream. Of course credit should go much more to the team who helped build Zopa’s scale, particularly Jaidev who took the reins last year and led the company to record levels of growth.’