Maria Woncisz

  • Country Manager Europe at Luno

Maria Woncisz is the Country Manager Europe at Luno, a leading global cryptocurrency company on a mission to upgrade the world to a better financial system. 

Maria worked in public affairs and in communications consultancies between Warsaw, Paris, and London before moving into tech. She worked at Adzuna managing Singapore, India, France, and Poland before her passion for cryptocurrencies and innovation in FinTech led her to Luno.

Luno is a leading global cryptocurrency company on a mission to upgrade the world to a better financial system. With a team of over 250 and currently has its headquarters in London with regional hubs in Singapore and Cape Town. With over 2.5 million customers (wallets) spanning 40 countries, Luno’s products and services make it safe and easy to buy, sell, store and learn about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Co-founded by CEO Marcus Swanepoel and CTO Timothy Stranex, Luno has raised over $13m in funding since launch in 2013 and is backed by global tech giant the Naspers Group who led their Series A round, and Balderton Capital who led their Series B round, amongst others.

The existing financial system was built for a non-digital age, ignoring the needs of the modern individual and with many unnecessary inefficiencies and gatekeepers. The world now has access to new technologies like decentralised cryptocurrencies that is quickly making these old systems and ways of thinking redundant. Like communication evolving from landlines to mobile phones, or post to email, money is now finally catching up with other information revolutions. Decentralised cryptocurrencies are enabling us to reimagine the financial system to upgrade the world to something better: Money that can be moved around cheaper, faster and safer, cutting out unnecessary intermediaries and accruing all this value to consumers. Products and services that are completely interoperable with a good balance between transparency and privacy, with a much better user experience. More effective and less restrictive and costly regulation. Money that becomes intelligent and programmable. And most importantly, a fair financial system with open and equal access for everyone.

We believe in leveraging technology to make a meaningful and long term positive impact on all members of society, no matter who you are or where you’re from. Upgrading to this new, better financial system will empower billions of people by ultimately lowering their cost of living, providing them with more and better economic opportunities, giving them easier access to

the existing global online economy as well as new decentralised products and services, increase the value retention of their wealth, and overall providing more financial freedom. When we consider the history of money and financial systems, it’s clear that transitioning to this new, better financial system is a change that is inevitable, and people need products and services that can transition them to this new world safely. Ultimately, upgrading people’s financial system means upgrading their lives.

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