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Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2015 Samir Desai Co-founder & CEO - Funding Circle Samir Desai is Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer at Funding Circle, the global leading marketplace where investors directly lend to small businesses in the UK and US. Since mid 2010 Funding Circle has lent over $800m to over 6,000 businesses globally. Investors include over 30,000 individuals, institutional investors, local councils, universities and the UK Government backed British Business Bank. Before founding Funding Circle, Samir was an Executive at Olivant, a private equity investor in financial services businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to this, he was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group advising a number of major UK and global banks and insurers on strategy, new product initiatives, and operational efficiency. Samir gained a 1st in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. Rajeeb Dey Founder & CEO - Rajeeb Dey is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of, a portal that connects students and graduates to work placements in startups and SMEs, and develops innovative corporate talent programmes for clients such as Telefonica, Santander and Havas for which he was named the “02 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2009 and the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2013. Rajeeb is also the Co-Founder of StartUp Britain, a national entrepreneurship campaign supported by the government; it was launched by Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron in March 2011. Heis a Trustee of UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, and was recognized as one of the 1,000 Most Influential People in London by The Evening Standard. He graduated with First Class Honours in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford in 2008 and was appointed as the world’s youngest Young Global Leader (at 26) by the World Economic Forum in 2012. Dinesh Dhamija Founder & Chairman - Copper Beech Dinesh Dhamija is one of the original UK tech entrepreneurs having founded one of Europe’s most successful internet travel agencies, After listing the company on the Nasdaq, sales at went from $23 million in 1999 to $1 billion in 2004. He sold Ebookers in 2005 for $471m from an initial investment of $5million in 1999. Dinesh is now the Founder & Chairman of the Copper Beech Group, a company which manages investments in sustainable education, ecotourism and real estate - currently, he directs sustainable investment projects in India and Romania. Born in Australia, the son of an Indian Diplomat, Dinesh completed an MA in law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University in 1974 after which he worked for various companies including IBM. In 2006 Dinesh graduated from the President’s Programme in Leadership at Harvard Business School. He is a patron and advisory board member of the entrepreneurs’ organization, TiE UK, the Governor of the Rainbow Foundation in the UK, an active member of the World Presidents Organisation (WPO) and the Chief Executives Organisation (CEO). 16