Payments startup Ramp adds 40 national currencies that can be exchanged for crypto

Yahoo Finance – Ramp, a Web3 payments startup that provides on-ramps and off-ramps between cryptocurrencies and fiat, has expanded its services to include 40 more global currencies.

The additions come after the company raised $70 million in November with a valuation just shy of $1 billion, according to CEO Szymon Sypniewicz.

Sypniewicz said adding the currencies allows customers to be more comfortable by using something with which they’re familiar, and it helps them avoid fees for exchanging foreign currencies. Some of the other currencies customers can now convert into crypto include the Indian rupee, Nigerian naira, and Danish krone. The company’s technology is now available in more than 150 countries.

Also among the newly available currencies are the Mexican peso and Brazilian real, which are used by the two largest economies in Latin America.

Sypniewicz told Fortune that the company is keen on expanding in South America, especially given Brazil’s friendly stance toward crypto. He said his company is working on accepting Pix, the Brazilian central bank’s instant payments service.

Last week, the Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a.k.a. Lula, signed legislation giving the power to regulate cryptocurrencies to the country’s central bank. Differing from the approach of U.S. regulators, like Chairman Gary Gensler’s Securities and Exchange Commission, the new law defines cryptocurrencies and virtual asset service providers, and allows for a licensing system.

“They aim to be a great, very pragmatic regulator for crypto companies, and we are actually going to engage directly with them, obviously, to be able to continue building out our offer, and to continue operating in Brazil,” Sypniewicz added.

Sypniewicz said that the strides made by South America’s leading economy have surprised several of his colleagues in the fintech space, who have said the central bank’s friendliness to crypto even trumps that of regulators in the U.K., which has increasingly courted crypto firms under prime minister Rishi Sunak.

Wyre, a crypto infrastructure company similar to Ramp, shut down on Friday after a $1.5 billion acquisition by Bolt Financial fell through several months ago. Although cross-border payments have often been touted as a killer use case for crypto, established players say that realizing these kinds of payments is often more difficult than expected.

Sypniewicz agreed that tackling cross-border payments is cost-prohibitive, which means it’s harder for competitors to emerge. At any one time, Sypniewicz said, 30% to 50% of his engineers are working on navigating regulations instead of building out features.

Despite these challenges, Ramp intends to focus on competing with traditional players by having a smooth user experience, including a one-click onboarding process for anyone anywhere in the world, Sypniewicz said.

“We want every user to feel like they’re interacting with something familiar,” he added.

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Sam Tanskul

Managing Director
Krungsri Finnovate Company Limited

With extensive experience in financial industry and in Thailand’s startup community, Sam Tanskul leads Krungsri Finnovate Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Krungsri, with a focus on technological innovation investment in Thailand and ASEAN.

Sam got a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Finance and Banking from Assumption University, Thailand and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Banking from University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Prior to his current role at Krungsri Finnovate, Sam has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry with several leading organizations including UOB, GE Capital and Krungsri Consumer, in the area of product management and innovation.

Since 2014, he has joined Thailand’s startup ecosystem, as one of the core members behind the success of ‘Krungsri Uni Startup’ a platform for the young, creative generation to develop financial mobile applications in pursuit of their aspiration to be professional startups – and ‘Krungsri Rise’, the first fintech corporate accelerator in Thailand.

Currently, Sam is the Managing Director of Krungsri Finnovate Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Krungsri to fully lead on Fintech/ Startup in Thailand and the region, with the key focus in 3 areas — accelerator & academic collaboration, startup project management, and corporate venture capital for Krungsri Group under MUFG with a focus on technological innovation investment in Thailand and ASEAN. He is also one of the board members of Thai Fintech Association.

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Lito Villanueva is the Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer of RCBC, and the Chief Digital Transformation Advisor for the Yuchengco Group of Companies. He is the founding chairman of Fintech, the Philippines’ largest FinTech organization.

He is an award-winning thought leader on digital transformation and financial inclusion with 20 years of experience. He institutionalized the country’s first fintech industry code of conduct and code of ethics to protect consumers and published the first Philippine fintech taxonomy book. His efforts have earned him close to 100 global and regional awards including bagging a three-peat for Best Digital Bank from Asiamoney and back-to-back wins for Best Financial Inclusion App from the Asian Banker for RCBC. Some of these recognitions include being among the Top 100 FinTech Leaders in Asia, Mr FinTech of the Philippines by NewsBiz Asia, Chief Innovation Officer of the Year by the London-based The Banker, and among the Top 100 Filipinos in LinkedIn.

He has a regular business column Byte in the Philippine Star. He is the Chairman of the South Africa-based Alliance of Digital Finance Associations and a member of the Global Impact FinTech and AIBP Advisory Board. He is the founding president of the BSP Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. Institute for Growth towards National Inclusion, Transformation, and Empowerment (IGNITE).

He finished the Cambridge Intellect Leadership Programme in 2019 on Digital Transformation by Design at the University of Cambridge. He completed a Master of Arts in public administration magna cum laude at the University of Santo Tomas and a Master in National Security Administration at the National Defense College of the Philippines.

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As the Founder & CEO of Tonik (, the first neobank in the Philippines, I’m committed to building a trustworthy and simple banking experience to drive financial inclusion in the Philippines, where the majority of the population remains without bank accounts and without access to formal credit. I am a serial entrepreneur, having previously launched and led/co – led FORUM, Credolab, FLOW, AsiaKredit, and Platinum Bank. Ever since starting my first business at 17, I’ve been passionate about entrepreneurship and problem – solving.

I appreciate that in life one needs to have balance. During a two – year sabbatical, I skippered my sailboat SV Blues across Asia. I’m also a musician (check me out on Spotify). And as a resident of eight countries across three continents, and a founder of YPO’s Kyiv Chapter I’ve gained a unique understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives.

Throughout my career, I’ve received many accolades that I’m proud of, but what truly matters to me at this stage is the impact I make on people’s lives through my managerial and creative problem – solving skills. I’m a “what you see is what you get” kind of guy who values honesty and open communication. I believe in fostering genuine connections and staying true to my principles, both personally and professionally.

If you’re not just going to sell me stuff, feel free to reach out to connect, and let’s explore opportunities to create meaningful change together in the world of fintech and beyond.

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Albert has several years of experience in the fields of fintech, banking, telecommunications, and logistics. He started his career in logistics working for American President Lines and Federal Express. He then moved into telecommunications with two major Philippine telco players, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications. Albert earned Globe’s Leadership Award for significant gains made in growing and expanding broadband services nationwide. He transitioned from telco to fintech after being chosen to lead GCash as President and CEO. During this time, Albert became the founding president of the Philippine E – Money Association.

Immediately before joining GoTyme Bank, he was SVP, Digital Payments and Agency Banking for Robinsons Bank. Albert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines and completed the Oxford FinTech Program from the University of Oxford Saïd Business School

At the launch of GoTyme Bank in October 2022, Albert explained its differentiator which is providing accessible and affordable products and services with a human touch. He mentioned that to keep the human connection always, GoTyme Bank has kiosks supported by bank ambassadors that are strategically located across the Robinsons ecosystem as well as personal bankers who address customer concerns or issues thru phone calls, emails or chats.

Eugene S. Acevedo

President and Chief Executive Officer
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Eugene Acevedo is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation.

Under his leadership, RCBC accelerated its business and digital transformation, winning multiple awards in innovation including best digital bank and best retail bank. RCBC also took major strides in sustainable finance resulting in landmark green bond is sues, and its upgrade to Single A ESG rating by MSCI.

Eugene serves as Chairman of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) for the 2021 – 23 term. In 1987, he graduated from the Asian Institute of Management. He completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

An avid learner, he has professional certifications in Clean Power, Customer Experience, User Experience and Digital Marketing from Imperial College London, CX Academy, British Computer Society and Wharton School, respectively.

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                  Before joining SCB TechX, Trirat served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Siam Commercial Bank. In these roles, he was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the Bank’s technology infrastructure and overseeing the development of the Bank’s digital products. Previously, he had experience working in the information technology field for leading companies, including IBM Thailand Co., Ltd., where he served as an Executive IT Specialist for over 21 years, and ABB Thailand Co., Ltd., where he worked as a Project Engineer.

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                  Lester is determined to build and manage a digital bank which pioneers an elevated approach to banking: one that makes meeting life’s financial needs simple and accessible to customers while also fueling growth and innovation in the industry.

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                  As an art enthusiast, Edison also founded Unit 256 Ventures Inc., a startup that operates the NFT Marketplace, a pioneer of Fine Arts NFT in Asia that focuses on helping art estates, museums, private collectors, and artists in the preservation of Fine Arts, ensuring copyright of every piece, and future-proofing collections. The platform brings Master-art to the public through NFTs and Fractional Ownership. In his work, he focuses on how through royalty programs, artists can directly profit from their work and have a sustainable perpetual income.

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                  Chirag’s passion is to learn and apply new ways of thinking that push the boundaries and question the status quo, allowing him to have an effective partnership between traditional and modern practices and to inject digital DNA on a corporate level to enable the organisation to be digital-first.

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                  With over 30 years of experience in banking and finance, Lynette held various senior roles in Risk Management, Treasury, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets in foreign and local institutions. Prior to her appointment, she was the first Filipino CEO of Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Philippines. She led strategies to grow the local franchise across the various client segments and deliver sustainable financial performance.

                  During her tenure in SCB, she spearheaded several landmark transactions in both domestic and international capital markets for Philippine and ASEAN issuers. These include the maiden offerings of both LANDBANK and the Development Bank of the Philippines of Sustainability Bonds. She helped the National Government raise funds through global and domestic bond issues, with SCB serving as book runner for foreign currency denominated offerings of the ROP.

                  She serves as First Vice President in the Board of the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP), and is also a member of the BAP Executive Committee.

                  A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, Lynette was named United Nations 2021 Philippine Women’s Empowerment Principles Awards Champion for Leadership Commitment, for her role in setting strong corporate commitments and inclusive leadership.

                  Lynette took her MBA in Finance and Investments from the City University of New York, Baruch College, and her degree in BA in Economics, Cum Laude, from the University of the Philippines.

                  Angelo Madrid

                  Maya Bank

                  Angelo Madrid is the President of Maya Bank, the no. 1 digital bank in the Philippines.

                  Before joining Maya Bank, Angelo served as the Country Manager of Tala Philippines (Tala PH), a US-based fintech lending startup. He also held various executive leadership roles with Citibank, based in New York, including co-founding a fintech startup with Citi Ventures that uses alternative data to help consumers in the US gain access to credit. ​Early in his career, he practiced law at Baker & McKenzie (QT) and Sycip Law, doing banking, project finance, and M&A transactions.

                  Gelo received his bachelor’s degree in Management and Juris Doctor law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. He completed his MBA from Duke University – Fuqua School of Business.

                  Hamilton Angluben

                  Founder & CEO

                  Hamilton Angluben is the Founder and CEO of, an insurtech which digitalizes insurance and healthcare distribution. He was previously General Manager of Cashalo, one of the Philippine’s first and largest digital lending apps. He was also a General Manager of Cebuana Lhuilllier, the largest pawnshop chain in the world, where he sold microinsurance and bundled them with bill payments and remittance products.

                  Hamilton is a founding member of the Fintech Alliance Philippines. His education comes from Oxford University, University of the Philippines, and Ateneo de Manila. He holds a Level 3 Certificate in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

                  TG Limcaoco

                  President & CEO
                  Bank of the Philippine Islands

                  Jose Teodoro “TG” Limcaoco (TG Limcaoco) is the President and CEO of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) – the oldest bank in both the Philippines and Southeast Asia, and one of the most established financial institutions in the country. TG was appointed as BPI President and CEO on April 22, 2021. He has served as a Director of the Board and a Member of the Bank’s Executive Committee since February 2019.

                  He is Chairman of BPI Wealth – A Trust Corporation, Bank of the Philippine Islands (Europe) Plc., BPI Capital Corporation, BPI/MS Insurance Corporation, and BPI AIA Life Assurance Corporation. He is Vice Chairman of BPI Century Tokyo Lease & Finance Corporation and BPI Century Tokyo Rental Corporation. He is President and Vice Chairman of BPI Foundation, Inc.

                  Outside of BPI, he is President of the Bankers Association of the Philippines, Chairman of Philippine Payments Management Inc., a Trustee of the Asian Institute of Management, and a Director of AC Mobility Holdings, Inc. He is also a current member of the Management Association of the Philippines, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX), and the Rotary Club of Makati West (where he is a Past President). Lastly, TG is a Director of Just for Kids, Inc., a homegrown business of his family.

                  In recognition of his outstanding leadership and exemplary communication skills, TG was bestowed the prestigious 2023 Communicator of the Year award under the Executive Leader Category by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Asia Pacific. This award underscores his ability to effectively convey complex ideas and foster meaningful connections within the business community. He also earned the Gold Award in the Best CEO category for the Philippines in Asia’s Best Managed Companies 2023 poll of FinanceAsia. This accolade serves as a testament to his exceptional stewardship and strategic vision, further solidifying his reputation as an exceptional leader in the financial industry.

                  Before coming to BPI, he was the Chief Finance Officer, Chief Risk Officer, and Chief Sustainability Officer of Ayala Corporation, a Philippine Stock Exchange-listed company. He was also the Chairman of AC Energy International, Inc. (formerly Presage Corporation) and the President and CEO of AC Ventures Holding Corp. He was also a Director of the Board of several Ayala companies, including publicly-listed Globe Telecom and Integrated Micro-electronics Inc, and the energy, infrastructure, industrials and healthcare companies of the Ayala group. He was also a director of the companies that operated G-Cash and Zalora Philippines.

                  Previously, he served as President of BPI Family Savings Bank from 2010-2015 and President of BPI Capital Corporation from 2007- 2010. He also served as Officer-in-Charge for Ayala Life Assurance, Inc. and as Director and Chairman of Ayala Plans, Inc.

                  Mr. Limcaoco joined Ayala Corporation as a Managing Director in 1998. Prior to his appointment as Chief Finance Officer in April 2015, he held various responsibilities including Trustee and Treasurer of Ayala Foundation, Inc., President of, and CFO of Azalea Technology Investments, Inc. He served as the President of the Chamber of Thrift Banks from 2013-2015. He was named as the ING-Finex CFO of the Year in 2018. He has held prior positions with JP Morgan & Co. in Singapore and New York and with BZW Asia.

                  He graduated from Stanford University with a BS Mathematical Sciences degree (Honors Program) in 1984 and from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA (Finance and Investment Management) in 1988.

                  Jean-Marc Arbogast

                  Jean-Marc Arbogast

                  Country Manager – Philippines
                  International Finance Corporation

                  Jean-Marc Arbogast is the newly appointed Country Manager for the Philippine office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

                  Jean-Marc, a French national, was formerly the Adviser to the Vice-President Corporate Strategy and Resources, where he helped formulate and articulate IFC’s strategic priorities while aligning resources to deliver on our ambitious agenda. Prior to that, Jean-Marc was a Senior Investment Officer in the Global Water team where he led origination and execution of transactions in the sector globally, in close coordination with regional infrastructure colleagues. Before joining IFC in 2012, Jean-Marc worked as an investment banker at BofA Merrill Lynch in New York City, advising industrial and agribusiness companies globally on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

                  In his new role, Jean-Marc is responsible for all IFC activities in the Philippines, including leading efforts to build its portfolio, developing new upstream opportunities and enhancing its impact.

                  He holds an MBA from Yale University and a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering from ENSICA, a French engineering school.

                  Mike Singh

                  Mike Singh

                  Chief Commercial and Revenue Officer
                  UnionDigital Bank Inc.

                  Mike Singh brings a wealth of experience to the table, with a background in both financial services and entrepreneurship.

                  He has successfully founded multiple businesses, and his atest venture, Pera247, a digital lending app, was acquired by Grab Finance in 2021, marking his third successful exit. Mike also spent almost a decade at HSBC Finance North America, where he played a key role in launching Best Buy’s Private Label credit card in China and Mexico, and oversaw General Motors’ co-branded credit card. which had a portfolio of over US$7 billion.

                  Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the renowned Kellogg School of Management in Illinois, USA.

                  Renren Reyes

                  Ren-ren Reyes

                  President & CEO
                  G-Xchange Inc.

                  Ren-ren Reyes is the President & CEO of G-Xchange, Inc., responsible for the mobile wallet operations of GCash. He oversees all business units that cover GCash’s Payment and Transfer products. Previous to the role, he was the Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for the country’s flag carrier, Philippines Airlines, and formerly a Director, SVP & Head of the Consumer Business for PLDT and SMART.

                  He has had extensive experience across a broad spectrum of business challenges – from driving new sources of growth from a dominant position in the foods industry with Nutri Asia, pivoting a legacy business into the digital landscape with PLDT, to successfully turning around the biggest and most well-loved business in the Philippines and the region – SMART, Philippine Airlines, L’Oreal’s Consumer Business, Dove Hair in Southeast Asia and Sunsilk in the Philippines. Ren-ren obtains his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Engineering from Ateneo De Manila University and attended an executive course on Culture Building in CEDEP, INSEAD and General Management in France.

                  Manish Bhai

                  Manish Bhai

                  Founder & CEO
                  UNO Digital Bank

                  UNO Digital Bank

                  Manish Bhai is the Founder, President & CEO at UNO Digital Bank (UNObank Inc.), one of the six licensed and operating Digital Banks in The Philippines and also the Founder at UNOAsia Pte Ltd., the Singapore based fintech that is the primary incorporator of UNO Digital Bank. UNOAsia is the first fintech company in the South & South East Asia region to receive a license outright to operate a digital bank.

                  Manish left Citigroup in mid 2019 to start his entrepreneurial pursuit around digitalisation Manish is a financial services and banking veteran with 30 years of industry expertise, and C-level engagement across the ecosystem. He has extensive experience of clients, products and regulatory landscape in Asia by being in regional and country head roles in multiple locations. He has built and managed diverse businesses including Asia Institutional Sales, Global Markets Indonesia and Singapore, Country Treasury Indonesia and Corporate Structuring & Sales, South Asia. An industry innovator with expertise across Investments, FX & Derivatives, Balance Sheet management, Credit, Sales & Execution, Manish is very passionate about digitalisation and building new solutions.

                  Manish is a HBS alumni, a Fellow Chartered Accountant, Associate Cost Accountant and a qualified Company Secretary with a number of university level and All-India Rank recognitions. He was recognised as the Top 10 Fintech Leaders in the Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) Global Fintech Awards 2022, and more recently as the CEO of the Year, Asia 2023 by IDC.

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