Nilan Peiris

Nilan Peiris

VP Growth at TransferWise


TransferWise is a new kind of financial company for people and businesses that travel, live and work internationally. It’s the fairest, easiest way to manage your money across borders. With a simple money transfer platform and Borderless accounts, it makes managing your money quick, easy and painless. TransferWise customers send £1.5bn every month using the platform, and it’s attracted $397m from investors such as world’s largest VC firm Andreessen Horowitz and Sir Richard Branson.

Prior to TransferWise Nilan was VP Growth at HouseTrip, in charge of scaling the company’s growth in the European market. He’s also worked as Chief Marketing Technology Officer at Holiday Extras, where he was responsible for all areas of technology, marketing and customer acquisition. Nilan also advises a number of early-stage startups on growth and getting to traction.


Scaling a mission driven startup from 60-1200 people


- Building a brand based on transparency and integrity.
- Hiring people who believe in the mission: the importance of shared values for success.
- Working in autonomous teams: everyone is accountable and decisions stay close to the customer, allowing everyone to truly make an impact within the company.
- This autonomy means TransferWise can continue at the speed of a startup. We’ve grown from a couple of people to 1200 in 7 years."