Former State Department Official Anja Manuel Joins Ripple Labs

Ripple Labs is thrilled to announce that Anja Manuel, a former U.S. Department of State official, has joined the advisory board.

Anja is a co-founder and partner at RiceHadleyGates LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon  Valley and Washington, DC.—along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisory Stephen Hadley, and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Understanding Ripple’s potential, Anja will play a key role in the technology’s continuing international expansion.

“Ripple is one of the most innovative technologies I have seen,” she said. “It has the potential to expand the global economy through increased trade, and enables better, more transparent regulatory oversight of payments. I am excited to help build on Ripple’s impressive momentum and help it to gain traction internationally.”

Anja has was part of the negotiating team for the U.S-India civilian nuclear, helping to secure passage through Congress.

Prior to her stint in government, where she was responsible for South and Central Asian Policy, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, Anja was an attorney at WilmerHale and an investment banker at Salomon Brothers International in London. She has a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

She is a lecturer at Stanford, where she designed a course on U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia.

“I am excited to welcome Anja to the Ripple Labs team,” said Ripple Labs CEO and co-founder Chris Larsen. “Her advice will be key as we grow our international presence and Ripple’s adoption by financial institutions and payment networks across the world.”

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