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RippleNami’s Visionary Founder Phil Gahn Honored as Business Development Executive of the Year

2nd Annual 2017 One Planet Best in Business and Professional Excellence Winner

San Diego, CA…December 11, 2017… RippleNami, Inc., a blockchain data visualization solution provider, announced that Phil Gahn, Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, has been named winner in the prestigious One Planet® Awards as Business Development Officer of the Year. The coveted One Planet Awards is world’s premier awards program honoring best in business and professional excellence in every industry from around the world. Organizations from all over the world submitted nominations including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.

Phil is a true visionary, business development leader and not to mention survivor like no other.  His story is one that had the potential to cut him off from any kind of future.   As a young child, Phil witnessed terrible violence and at five-year-old was literally dropped off at a South Korean orphanage door.  But Phil did not let his difficulties stop him; his resilience, strength and determination drove him to work and study hard.  He vaguely remembers his father telling him to move to America if he ever got the opportunity.  Luckily adopted by an Ohio family, Phil thrived in aeronautics and received a scholarship to MIT at fourteen years old graduating at seventeen.

While in Africa, Phil grew frustrated by how each year billions of humanitarian aid in developing nations never reached those in need.   He asked the simple question, why can’t we connect to unconnected populations. He was not afraid to dip his toe in the sand when he set out to do social good.  He had a vision of connecting 5 billion unconnected people with an easy-to-use blockchain and mapping solution that leverages the mass adoption of mobile phones.  Gahn knew that if he could take his technology solution into developing countries, the world would forever be changed.  First stop: why not Africa?

“It’s an honor to be named a winner by One Planet Awards for this esteemed industry and peer recognition,” said Phil Gahn. “These awards are a testament to RippleNami’s commitment towards our bold vision of connecting unconnected people with an easy-to-use solution.”

“For a US based start-up, developing an African market is virtually impossible but not for Phil and his tenacity.   He has fought off every disease known to man, avoided corruption at the highest level and deals with threats every day.   We are honored to work with Phil and congratulate him on his recognition,” said Jaye Connolly-Labelle, chairman and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

About RippleNami, Inc.

RippleNami develops and deploys complete blockchain-based solutions to accelerate mass adoption of digital technologies in developing countries. RippleNami solutions drive new standards for cost-effectiveness and scalability, empowering any nation through digital transformation, and swiftly benefitting from its “Smart Country” status. RippleNami’s blockchain data visualization platform integrates diverse data sets from unlimited sources. The platform’s visualization capabilities paint a multi-dimensional picture of all strategic information to promptly identify trends, patterns and gaps to design and inform strategies faster. RippleNami solutions enable emergent economies to generate process, manage, share and transact information on a national scale – opening up a world of opportunities for economic inclusion for its citizens and independence for the nation. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About the One Planet Awards

One Planet Awards recognizes companies for their business and professional excellence. The One Planet Awards honors are currently conferred in category sections which include outstanding individuals, executives, teams, new products and services, PR, Marketing, and Corporate Communications, and organizations from all over the world. Learn more about the One Planet Awards at www.oneplanetawards.com and participate.

RippleNami’s Jaye Connolly-LaBelle Honored as Business Woman of the Year

San Diego Business Journal Celebrates San Diego’s Annual Woman of the Year

San Diego, CA…December 4, 2017… RippleNami, Inc., a blockchain data visualization solution provider, is recognized for its CEO, Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, chairman and chief executive officer, as San Diego’s Business Woman of the Year. This annual awards ceremony is hosted by the San Diego Business Journal and showcases prominent business leaders making their mark in history while elevating San Diego’s stature in the global business community.

Imagine a world where all the information most important to you rests at your fingertips… a world where vast streams of data are visualized in logical and actionable fashion… and a world where anyone equipped with a mobile phone can access the powerful benefits that RippleNami’s technology is already benefiting countries such as Sierra Leone and Kenya.

RippleNami is marching towards its bold vision of connecting 5 billion unconnected people with an easy-to-use blockchain and data visualization solution that leverages the mass adoption of mobile phones. Connolly-LaBelle and Phil Gahn, founder and chief business development officer, shared a deeply held conviction that driving social impact of this magnitude would be their singular cause with a global reach while leveraging their San Diego roots. Their determination to aggressively introduce and deploy RippleNami’s proprietary technology solution into developing countries is poised to change the global landscape in unforeseen ways. First stop: why not Africa?

“Receiving this distinction from our own backyard is the very essence of what fast-growing global startups like Ripplenami can expect from the San Diego ecosystem. Through our innovative technology, RippleNami is quickly affecting change for women and children in developing countries. We thank the San Diego judges who selected RippleNami and acknowledging our fast track to foster lasting change,” said Jaye Connolly-Labelle, chairman and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

The Annual Business Women of the Year program recognizes business leaders that are making a difference in both their workplaces and communities. Nominees were evaluated based on their innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishment and community leadership.

About RippleNami, Inc.

RippleNami develops and deploys complete blockchain-based solutions to accelerate mass adoption of digital technologies in developing countries. RippleNami solutions drive new standards for cost-effectiveness and scalability, empowering any nation through digital transformation, and swiftly benefitting from its “Smart Country” status. RippleNami’s blockchain data visualization platform integrates diverse data sets from unlimited sources. The platform’s visualization capabilities paint a multi-dimensional picture of all strategic information to promptly identify trends, patterns and gaps to design and inform strategies faster. RippleNami solutions enable emergent economies to generate process, manage, share and transact information on a national scale – opening up a world of opportunities for economic inclusion for its citizens and independence for the nation. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About the San Diego Business Journal

Each year the San Diego Business Journal recognizes dynamic women business leaders contributing to San Diego’s corporate ecosystem. Now in its 24th year the San Diego Business Journal recognizes these leaders by hosting its biggest and most anticipated reception and awards program honoring the honorees and their guests. Celebrity emcees, a keynote speaker and the awards program are staples of this landmark event. Learn more about the Business Woman of the Year at www.sdbj.com/bizevents.

RippleNami: An Imagination Run Wild With The Mission To Connect 5 Billion Unconnected People

RippleNami is a B2B technology company working in developing nations to solve critical problems. To find out more about their unique platform we shared a fascinating tell all with Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, Chairman and CEO of RippleNami, Inc.

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Q: Will you provide our readers with a brief introduction to RippleNami?

A: Imagine a world where you have all of the data that is important to you at your fingertips… a world where vast amounts of data can be visualized so it is easily understandable and actionable… and a world where everyone who has a phone will have equal access to the benefits that this technology will bring. RippleNami’s imagination ran wild with the mission to connect 5 billion unconnected people and execute on their global vision of inclusion.

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and foster unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data while providing information that matters most to users. It’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and governmental agencies. By enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration, this seamless integration and unlimited customization and scalable architecture, allows RippleNami clients to chart their own world, streamline communication and improve operational effectiveness.

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Q: You’ve recently announced a contract with Sierra Leone to launch this nation as Africa’s first Smart Country; won’t you tell us more?

A: In September, at the United Nations General Assembly, President Bai Koroma’s delegation made an announcement to partner with RippleNami to transform Sierra Leone into Africa’s first “Smart Country.” The program accelerates progress toward achieving President Koroma’s vision for Sierra Leone to become a green, inclusive, middle-income country. What’s at stake is empowering Sierra Leone to obtain economic independence and aggressively compete in global markets while elevating the prosperity of its people.

For the first time in this nation’s proud history, Sierra Leone, in partnership with RippleNami, will deploy the blockchain-data visualization system solution that enables Sierra Leone to generate, own, collect, analyze and transact data on a nationwide scale – making Sierra Leone Africa’s first “Smart Country. You can only imagine the excitement around leading this bold vision and we stand ready to replicate this success story for those countries eager to also thrive within these new possibilities.

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Q: What would you say is the biggest challenge in your job?

A: Our biggest challenge is our biggest opportunity and Ripplenami was born purely out of frustration by how each year BILLIONS of humanitarian aid in developing nations NEVER reached those in need.

As your readers know better than most, for every problem there exists an opportunity. Today, 3 billion of our global citizens don’t have any documents to verify their identity. Lack of identification prohibits people’s ability to use banks and inhibits access to basic rights like employment, education, healthcare, voting and travel. Without a reliable data infrastructure, these people are unable to capture the meaningful events in their lives: property ownership, health records, education certificates, and business licenses. The biggest challenge is the race against the clock to proliferate this technology to those in dire need of connectivity.

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Q: Who are the primary clients of RippleNami?

A: The beneficiaries and users of our proprietary technology platform are as wide and diverse as the applications we offer to our end users. In Africa millions of people live in extreme poverty and don’t have a digital identity. Most of these people are denied from basic opportunities that are common in the West such as a bank account, the ability to sell their products to broader markets or being able to buy items that are vital for their small businesses. Still, millions of transactions take place in the streets and villages between small businesses and individuals, but only a very small fraction is visible to the governments. At the same time, most people own smart phones with all the capabilities and access functions found in the phones that operate in the West.

Our client profile includes developing countries, corporations with a global footprint and non-governmental organizations which provide the benefits listed below:

• Government agencies seeking information needed to efficiently allocate resources and deliver critical services.
• Livestock owners seeking digital economic identities to quantify their property and access real time information about the market value, making it easier and less costly to secure a loan.
• Farmers seeking instant access to real-time information about which markets will deliver the best price for their crops. They will access visibility with other farmers in the geographic region to consider forming co-ops to share resources and reduce costs.
• Small businesses seeking access to new markets, more efficiently manage supply chains, and utilize smart contracts for secure transactions.
• The technology can also improve humanitarian assistance by eliminating the fraud and mismanagement that sometimes prevents a significant amount of money and goods from getting to those most in need.

Q: What are your plans for the next 4-6 months?

A: In today’s world, when it is it often hard to trust each other, the RippleNami solution becomes a trusted platform on which to collaborate, access economic opportunities, deliver services and conduct business. Our laser focus is to continue to rapidly deploy the technology throughout the African continent one country at a time and lifting an entire population to levels unseen in modern history.

RippleNami Promotes Amy Johnson to Chief Operating Officer and Kyalo Muambi as Director of Africa Business Development

Executive Promotions Strengthen Capabilities for Africa Expansion and Rapid Deployment of Blockchain and Big Data Visualization

San Diego, California – October 24, 2017 – RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain data visualization platform, and its board of directors announced Amy Johnson as its chief operating officer and Kyalo Muambi as its director of Africa business development.

“These promotions come at a pivotal time to further extend RippleNami’s reach and impact as it delivers on its quest to connect people worldwide with real-time and easily-accessible information. Our new innovations and the increasing demand from our clients led us to strengthen our team and our ethos of innovation and exceptional service,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, chairman and chief executive officer.

Serving as RippleNami’s vice president of operations since May 2017, Johnson assumes the chief operating officer role, effective immediately. Muambi is promoted from managing east Africa to overseeing all of Africa sales and business development efforts.

“We view these appointments as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in our industry. Amy and Kyalo are seasoned experts in their respective fields and bring superior dedication and competencies to Ripplenami,” said Phil Gahn, RippleNami founder and chief business development officer.

Johnson brings over 15 years of operational management experience spanning business functions including sales, customer service, business retention, collections, operations and outsourcing.  In her new role, she will oversee corporate operations including sales operations, quality assurance, project management, implementation and account management. Her leadership and track record of building effective teams and streamlining processes for efficiencies and increased profitability will optimize overall client success.

Prior to joining RippleNami, Johnson spent 11 years at SingTel Optus in Australia driving business retention strategy, collections, operations and outsourcing, both on-shore and in the Philippines. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Psychiatric Nursing Degree from Deakin University.

Kyalo Muambi, director of business development for Africa brings more than 10 years in finance, banking, technology and business development expertise in the banking industry and will be based out of Nairobi.  Following RippleNami’s Republic of Sierra Leone announcement on transitioning Africa into the first ever “Smart Country,” Kyalo will serve as a central asset within the C-suite of all African countries and banks interested in our blockchain data visualization product offering.  Kyalo received his International Economic Banking and Finance degree with honors from Portsmouth University, United Kingdom.

Prior to joining RippleNami, Kyalo led the technology team for Africa’s First Electronic Bank (CBALoop), managed “Maji ni maisha” financing investment in water for over 800,000 homes with clean water and was responsible for $20 million in technology banking projects.

About RippleNami

RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and foster unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data while providing information that matters most to users and organizations. It’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and governmental agencies. By enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration, this seamless integration and unlimited customization and scalable architecture, allows RippleNami clients to chart their own world, streamline communication and improve operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.