Neil Roberts
CEOHarmoney
He’s taken a start-up to $100m profit over five years, turned failing companies into resounding success stories, influenced how government treats business, and now heads New Zealand’s first ever peer-to-peer lending business.

Neil Roberts is CEO and Founder of lending marketplace Harmoney. In the few months since its 2014 launch, Harmoney has attracted worldwide investors, secured cornerstone shareholders, developed an advisory board from the cream of the global peer-to-peer lending community – and made it onto The New Zealand Herald’s "Top 10 list of Disruptors".

In January 2015, Trade Me (New Zealand’s ebay), bought a 15% stake in Harmoney for around $8m. In February, Neil announced that having made serious inroads into the personal lending market, Harmoney was now looking "long and hard" at peer-to-peer mortgages. The company is also seeking P2P licencing in Australia, and hopes to operate there by mid-2015. That will open up a market roughly five times the size of New Zealand.

Before launching Harmoney, Neil was a key part of the team that took Australian company Flexigroup from a mono product and channel business to the top 200 ASX listed entity it is today with a market cap in excess of $1bn. Neil had already launched a Personal Loan business in NZ, from standing start to $3.2bn in applications and $1.6bn in written business within 5 years.

A business leader and financial services entrepreneur, Neil thrives on big challenges and the opportunity to build successful teams that accomplish great things. One of his fundamental tenets is that success has little to do with the economy, and everything to do with the business itself.