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James Alexander

James Alexander
James Alexander
James Alexander

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James Alexander is best known for being Director Future Agent, co-founder of Zopa and co-founder of #voicefortheplanet.


James Alexander is currently a Director of, an open source think tank and advisory delivering foresight, strategy and innovation to some of the world’s leading organisations such as Apple, WWF, Mastercard.


James Alexander co-founded and was CEO and board director for Zopa, the disruptive peer-to-peer finance pioneer. Zopa’s approach paved the way for other collaborative and crowd funding concepts such as AirBnB, Uber and Funding Circle. James continues to advise a number of fintech players including Seedrs, GiffGaff money and LandBay.

James is also a co-founder of #voicefortheplanet, the coalition aimed at securing a global deal for nature in 2020, which launched at the World Economic Forum in 2019.

James has also worked as a growth strategy consultant at both The Foundation and LEK Consulting, where his clients including places such as Tesco, Eurostar, Barclays, HSBC, Save The Children and The Guardian just to name a few.

James Alexander holds an MBA (out of date) from INSEAD and a 1st class honors degree from University College London. He is also a bird watcher and was fortunate enough to be a part of a 3-person team that re-discovered three species of bird, considered by many to be extinct.

James’ passionate, inspiring and exciting presentations examine disruption across a range of industries and consider how long-established organisations can drive innovation and be better prepared for the future.

Topic Areas:

  • Disruption
  • Innovation / entrepreneur
  • Fintech
  • Future trends / Foresight / Future of X [X = 24 topic areas from work with - the worlds largest open foresight programme - e.g. business, work, company, trade, privacy, Cities)
  • High performance teams


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... James has helped JustGiving tackle a number of growth challenges over the years, with rare intelligence and a genuine understanding of how to combine social purpose with commercial success. He combines superior intellect, playful imagination and commercial nous, backed by a high-quality network of business leaders across a wide range of industries. We recommend him unreservedly ...

Anne-Marie Huby, co-Founder & MD, Just Giving