24 April 2019, 17:30 to 20:30

KPMG’s Inspiring Speakers – Growth, Innovation and Disruption


OGTC & KMPG co-hosted event


24 April 2019, 17:30 to 20:30


The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

20 Queens Road


AB15 4ZT

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The Oil & Gas Technology Centre is delighted to co-host the KPMG Inspiring Speaker series in Aberdeen. 

Meet entrepreneur and business adviser James Alexander, former CEO and co-founder of Zopa, one of the world’s first and Europe’s largest peer to peer lender. Zopa has been one of the disruptive pioneers in what has become Fintech, and has helped pave the way for other collaborative and crowdfunding concepts, from AirBnB and Uber to Funding Circle.

Prior to this, James used his skills in data, insight and customer behaviours to launch Smile, the Co-operative Bank‘s online division. He later launched digital TV and mobile services for EGG and steered them through rapid growth and an entry into the US market.

Join other private business leaders for an insightful evening at the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, and hear James tell his story on founding and growing Zopa. He will explore what it takes to disrupt and innovate today, and reflect on those qualities required to grow a sustainable and profitable business model.

During Q&A we will also hear from our very own Technology Accelerator Director, David Millar, on how technology and innovation play an integral role in achieving sustainable growth for north-east businesses.

Why attend?

Understand what it will take to grow a sustainable and profitable business model

Be provoked by someone who has disrupted a sector

Identify innovation inhibitors.

Access foresight to build stronger strategy and innovation

Be inspired, be challenged and grow your network

To register your interest, please use booking link above. 


About James Alexander

James is currently a Director of, an open source think tank and advisory firm, delivering foresight, research, strategy and innovation to some of the world’s leading organisations (Facebook, Apple, WWF). James was previously the Strategy Director at Egg through its early growth phase. He now advises a number of innovative finance payers including Seedrs, Loot, and giffgaff gameplan. In addition, he works as a Growth Strategy Consultant at both The Foundation and LEK Consulting, where his clients have included Tesco, Eurostar, Barclays, HSBC, Save the Children, The Guardian, Redburn, M&S and Just Giving.