Ripple Labs Grabs Former State Dept Official as Advisor

Ripple Labs today announced that it has named Anja Manuel, Co-Founder and Partner at RiceHadleyGates LLC, and a former U.S. Department of State official, as an advisor to the company.

Manuel said:

Ripple is one of the most innovative technologies I have seen. 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.

Manuel is a Co-Founder and Partner along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm that assists senior executives at major U.S. companies in key emerging markets such as China, India and the Middle East. She also teaches in Stanford University’s International Policy Studies program.

Previously, Manuel served as an official at the U.S. Department of State, where she held responsibility for South and Central Asian policy, congressional outreach, and legal matters.

Manuel was part of the negotiating team for the U.S.‐India civilian nuclear accord, helped to secure passage of the accord through the U.S. Congress, and was extensively involved in developing U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Prior, Manuel was an attorney at WilmerHale and investment banker at Salomon Brothers International in London. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ripple Labs CEO and co-founder Chris Larsen commented:

I am excited to welcome Anja to the Ripple Labs team. Her advice will be key as we grow our international presence and Ripple’s adoption by financial institutions and payment networks across the world

Ripple Labs supports the adoption of Ripple, a settlement protocol that is designed to allow disparate financial networks to securely transfer funds in any currency in real time. Earthport, the largest open network for global bank payments, and three banks in the United States and Germany recently announced integrations with Ripple.