Samir Desai

Funding Circle

CEO and Co-founder

Samir is responsible for driving the company strategy, managing the company’s finances and overseeing Funding Circle globally. Before founding Funding Circle, the leading marketplace for business loans, Samir was an Executive at Olivant and a management consultant at BCG advising a number of major UK and global banks and insurers on strategy, new product initiatives, and operational efficiency. Since launching in 2010, investors and lenders across Funding Circle's geographies - including banks, asset management companies, insurance companies, government-backed entities, retail investors and funds - have lent more than £12 billion to 100,000 businesses globally.

Event Sessions Featuring Samir Desai


Deep Dive: Lessons From The Financial Crisis

AltFi Festival of Finance 2021 - Tuesday 22 June 2021

Articles By Samir Desai

A Quarterly Update from Funding Circle

10th July 2014 | Samir Desai

Articles Featuring Samir Desai

Funding Circle CEO buys £100,000 of shares

29th September 2020 | Aisling Finn

Funding Circle execs take pay cuts amid Covid-19

20th April 2020 | John Reynolds

Funding Circle CFO steps down

27th January 2020 | John Reynolds

AltFi's 10 most read stories of 2019: Part 1

30th December 2019 | John Reynolds

Funding Circle and Metro Bank ejected from FTSE 250

5th September 2019 | Roger Baird

Funding Circle included in ESG index

29th August 2019 | Daniel Lanyon

Funding Circle shares rally 30%

12th August 2019 | Roger Baird

Losses expected to widen at Funding Circle

6th March 2019 | Roger Baird

Breaking: Funding Circle’s shares plunge 25%

20th December 2018 | Daniel Lanyon

Funding Circle fund expecting lower returns

18th December 2018 | Daniel Lanyon

Funding Circle appoints joint corporate brokers

21st November 2018 | George Geddes

P2P sector responds to bank lobbying revelations

7th November 2018 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle shares bounce back

19th October 2018 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle’s slide continues

4th October 2018 | Daniel Lanyon

Funding Circle floats at £1.5bn valuation

28th September 2018 | Ryan Weeks

Who will win big in the Funding Circle IPO?

3rd September 2018 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle to raise £300m through IPO

3rd September 2018 | Ryan Weeks

Starling boss Anne Boden gets gong

11th June 2018 | Ryan Weeks

Get ready for UK fintech’s Big IPO Year

15th March 2018 | Daniel Lanyon

Funding Circle hits $5bn in lending globally

7th December 2017 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle SME Income Fund raises £142m

10th April 2017 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle enlists ex-Lloyds chief to board

9th September 2016 | Daniel Lanyon

Can it really be “business as usual”?

19th July 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Knecht quits Funding Circle

30th June 2016 | Ryan Weeks

5 key considerations post Brexit

24th June 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Mullinger Steps Back

31st May 2016 | Ryan Weeks

In defence of marketplace lending in the UK

11th May 2016 | Ryan Weeks

The Seedrs Way

19th April 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle Boosts Board With Former Central Banker

10th March 2016 | Guglielmo de Stefano

Funding Circle SME Income Fund Raises £150m

25th November 2015 | Ryan Weeks

On the Ground at LendIt Europe

26th October 2015 | Ryan Weeks

LendInvest to Launch Listed Fund

14th October 2015 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle Sheds Light on Fund

24th September 2015 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle Switches to Fixed Interest Model

2nd September 2015 | Ryan Weeks

SME Lenders Make Senior Risk Hires

22nd July 2015 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle Adds $150m of Firepower

23rd April 2015 | Ryan Weeks

Victory Park Invests Through Funding Circle

20th February 2015 | Georgina McCreadie

RBS to Refer Businesses to P2P Sector

22nd January 2015 | Ryan Weeks

Double First for Funding Circle

3rd December 2014 | Georgina McCreadie

Alternative Funders Close Up the Quarterly FLS Gap

27th November 2014 | Ryan Weeks

Funding Circle Firing on All Cylinders!

18th November 2014 | Sam Griffiths

LendIt Europe Roundup

18th November 2014 | AltFi

The Next Step in the P2P ISA Push

17th October 2014 | AltFi

How to Fix Funding for Lending

31st July 2014 | AltFi

The AltFi Frontline: Unheralded Developments

23rd June 2014 | Ryan Weeks