February 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Consulate General of Canada
466 Lexington Avenue 20th Floor New York
NY 10017

Transfers and Remittances: Startup Stories Live in Toronto and NYC

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
at the

Consulate General of Canada
466 Lexington Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10017


The DMZ at Ryerson University
10 Dundas Street East, 6th Floor
Toronto, Canada
M5B 2G9


Building on last year’s successful “Two Cities” event, startups and incubators in Toronto and New York will discuss the challenges and rewards of starting up a firm in each location, with a special focus on developers and fintechs in the payments transfers and remittances space. NYPAY, a leader in payments events, is taking the discussion to the next level with speakers and audiences in both cities, linked by live videoconference, permitting interaction by all participants. 

Startups in transfers and remittances face unique challenges: regulatory issues can trip up a great fintech solution, the market is crowded with new companies and products, and a number of crypto-based solutions bring volatility to the market. Add to this the normal concerns of any startup:  How easy is it to get talent? What support does the government offer? What’s local networking like? How hard is it to find space? What are the opportunities for funding?

In this market, especially, location matters. Hear from startups and incubators in Toronto and NYC about the challenges and rewards in each location, where we are today and what the future looks like.

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Moderated in NYC by
Rich Arundel, EVP, General Manager, North America, Currencycloud

As one of Currencycloud’s founders, Richard has played an important role in the company’s rapid growth. Having started his career at HiFX – one of the largest foreign exchange market brokers in the UK –  Richard has a deep understanding of the finance and payments sector. Prior to becoming GM of Currencycloud’s North America business, Richard has held successive positions as Sales Director, Client Relationship Director and VP Client Services at Currencycloud, helping the company increase revenue, size and scope.

Having left London for New York in 2017, Richard is now responsible for performance across the US, including directing sales development programmes and go-to market strategies. His experience in creating high performing teams, as well as building and maintaining partnerships in the world of fintech, is the driving force behind Currencycloud’s US strategy.

Moderated in Toronto by
Michael McCarthy, Executive In Residence, The DMZ


The Panelists


David Lighton

David Lighton

CEO, SendFriend

David Lighton is the Founder and CEO of SendFriend, a FinTech startup reinventing remittances with blockchain technology, creating better prices, faster payments, and putting the customer first. Spun out of MIT, SendFriend is backed by Techstars, Ripple, 2020 Ventures, 8 Decimal Capital, Barclays, MIT Media Lab, MasterCard Foundation, the TaiYou Fund, Mahindra Finance and others.

Previously, he served as Special Assistant in the World Bank, covering Haiti and financial inclusion after the devastating earthquake of 2010. He completed an MBA degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management, where he was an MIT Legatum Fellow. He also holds an MA with honors from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Economics and Development, and a BA with honors from the Johns Hopkins University in International Relations and Music.

Yamandou Alexander

Yamandou Alexander


Yamandou is an experienced voice, satellite, and mobile telecommunications executive with a keen eye for emerging markets. He founded ASG Telecommunications in 1996 and oversaw its expansion from a mobile device wholesaler to a key voice and satellite network integrator and supplier for both mobile operators and NGO’s. As co-founder of T+, the second mobile operator in the Cape Verde Islands, he oversaw a significant development impact by modernizing and expanding the telecommunications services in the region, by promoting competition in the market and contributing to the increase of reliable and affordable communications services.

In 2006, he crossed into the transportation industry, to integrate his technology background with a newfound consciousness of sustainable transportation. GoGreenRide was born out of a commitment to develop green transportation, cutting edge technology with outstanding customer service, to create a truly unique alternative and has recently been acquired by a larger transportation group in New York.

In 2016, Yamandou founded Makeba, whose goal is to create low-cost and easy to use mobile apps for monetary transactions – from sending international remittances to making local payments. Makeba is the catalyst of 20 years of experience in African telecommunications that has yielded intelligence via call patterns that isolate the relationships between the African diasporas and their communities back home. This cultural affinity and very targeted consumer segment give a sharp and optimized distribution strategy for outreach at the launch of the Makeba service. In addition to Makeba, Yamandou is currently a director in Kipay, a hydropower initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Sandeep Todi

Sandeep Todi

Co-founder, Remitware Payments Inc. (Remitr)

Tracy Lagasse

Tracy Lagasse

Head of Sales, Buckzy Payments

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