Lito Villanueva



 Lito Villanueva
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Lito Villanueva

FINTQnologies Corp , MD & Chairman, FinTech Alliance

Lito is among the few subject matter experts, thought-leaders, and practitioners in inclusive digital finance. He has over 20 solid years of experience in the fields of banking, payments and telecommunications industries. He started the FinTech business in the PLDT Group in 2013 with consumer-centric and demand-driven digital financial innovations. So far, it merited more than 30 global and regional accolades, including being cited as one of Asia's 100 Fintech Leaders, the first and only Filipino included in such list.

He was recently elected founding chairman of the, a newly organized trade association of digital finance players in the Philippines.

Prior to his current role as managing director of FINTQ (pronounced as FinTech), the financial technology arm of Smart's Voyager Innovations under the PLDT Group, he started his career with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as its associate editor, then with LANDBANK as one of the pioneer global banking officers when it established its overseas remittance business. This was followed by his stint at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group as consultant focusing on mobile money transfers in Mongolia. He was then invited by Visa to be the lead in customer strategy and market activation on global mobile payments covering 35 markets in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. He was elected member of the Asia Board of the Mobile Ecosystem Forum, a global trade body based in London.

With his advocacy on inclusive growth, Lito had encounters with global champions of financial inclusion. Among them include United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Cherie Blair Foundation founding chair Cherie Blair, UN Secretary General Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development Queen Maxima, and Prof. Muhammad Yunus, the father of microfinance.

He earned two graduate degrees, a Master in Public Administration with magna cum laude honors, and a Master in National Security Administration with the distinction of being its youngest graduate, thus far.

Lito is married to a bank executive Catherine Rowena and blessed with three boys and three girls.


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