We believe that every small business should have access to the resources that help them succeed, and that there is a better way to connect small and big business.
Markaaz (‘markaz’) means center, where everyone comes together. That’s what we do here at Markaaz.
A seasoned team brings over 700 years of combined experience from the most innovative industries and companies
The best and brightest minds across technology, payments, insurance, investment, financial services, retail, and more have joined to advise our leaders.
Markaaz is founder-funded, and supported by strategic partners, like Mastercard. We are always open to a good conversation about how we can accelerate our roadmap. Start the conversation today.
Hany held global leadership roles in business transformation, value creation and technology, gaining depth of experience in payments, B2B platforms, enterprise partnerships and SaaS. He served as CEO of AXA Global Enterprise & Partnerships, Founder & President of Mastercard Enterprise Partnerships and President of Mastercard UK & Ireland Markets. He also held roles in Applied Technology including as the CTO of Toshiba International’s Heavy Industrial business in Australasia. Under Hany’s leadership, Mastercard Track was launched, the first and only global trading platform connecting every supplier and buyer on the planet to simplify and automate the exchange of payments and related data. Hany is a member of the WEF Global Innovator and Forbes Business Council.
Fabi is an entrepreneur with global experience in the digital platform industry, with a track record of leading complex operations and strategic development across the private and public sectors. Before co-founding Markaaz, Fabi was the Strategic Development Officer for AXA Global Enterprise & Partnerships and a member of PwC’s Global Smart Cities Team. She was the Founder & CEO of a boutique advisory for platform companies and the Tutor for the ‘Beyond Smart City’ course of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fabi is focused on creating a positive and sustainable impact for small business owners, with a passion for family businesses (having grown up as part of a 5-generation construction family business). Fabi is the Small Business Chair at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Strategic Council of 50/50 Women on Boards.
Sandy is a Senior Executive and industry veteran with over 35 years of experience in Corporate Finance, Accounting, Leadership, and Operations. Sandy has served as the Chairman of Open Lending, LLC since 1999. Under his leadership, Open Lending has been named to the Austin Business Journal’s “FAST 50” list five times, recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in Central Texas. The company has been named to the “INC 5000” list of fastest-growing private companies nationwide and a “Best Place to Work” in Central Texas three times. Open Lending is now publicly trading on the NASDAQ. In addition, Sandy has significant experience and expertise in launching start-up companies in finance and technology.
Brett brings over 20 years of international and US strategy, payments, and product technology experience in both large enterprise and start-up environments. Most recently he helped launch a consumer financing start-up in the US leading product strategy and development. As a consultant in Accenture’s payments practice, he advised a broad range of enterprise and investor clients on engagements ranging from payments acquiring orchestration to digital payments technology architecture to payment processor API strategy and b2b payments network development. During his tenure at Mastercard, he held leadership positions stretching from Finance and M&A, to international BD and account management, heading Mastercard’s US Prepaid business, and leading the global product function for Mastercard’s issuer processor technology business. His breadth of functional experience gives him a unique, lived-in perspective underpinning a strong track record of building high-performing teams and growing businesses.
Paul is an independent consultant specializing in data strategy for the business information industry. He has a strong focus on data supply chain and matching. His clients have included Wells Fargo, Moody’s, TiVo, McGraw-Hill, and WebMD. Previously, Paul spent 20 years at Dun & Bradstreet in various senior positions including head of Global Data Operations Technology and Customer File Matching. Paul grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Delaware. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife Clover and their four West Highland Terriers.
Eun is an accomplished designer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. She has a passion for crafting beautiful and effective designs that help brands build meaningful products. With a diverse skill set and a deep understanding of user experience, Eun has worked for both startups and established corporations like L’Oreal, where she has honed her skills and gained valuable insights. In her free time, Eun enjoys traveling and immersing herself in different cultures with her family, which has greatly impacted her work and helped her bring a unique perspective to her designs.
Gina brings over 20 years of HR, accounting, and management experience and excels in creating zero-waste internal procedures that save time and money. She was previously the Program Director & QIDP for a privately owned company and before that, ran her own small business helping Texas’s 9-1-1 project, which fueled her passion for support other small business owners. Her areas of expertise are project and business operations management, compliance controls, process/development improvements, team building, HR and accounting management. Gina holds a BS in Accounting and a MS in Management and Leadership.
Greg joins Markaaz as a Strategic Advisor. He is EVP, Global B2B & Product Marketing at Mastercard, responsible for lead generation, sales enablement, RFP support, and leading an in-house creative studio across Mastercard’s global business units and regions as well as the articulation of value propositions within the product development process. Greg’s prior experience at Mastercard includes U.S. Merchant Sales, Investor Relations, Marketing Strategy and Chief of the Staff to the CMO. Prior to Mastercard, Greg was a strategy consultant for FutureBrand (McCann Worldgroup), a brand manager for Banana Boat sun care, an equity analyst at JP Morgan and a business systems analyst for American Management Systems.
Amanda is a technical program leader with a background in establishing operational processes and growing software development teams. Amanda is passionate about managing cross-functional alignment for new solutions implementation and enterprise delivery. She has a track record of guiding teams through difficult challenges, serving as a trusted client advisor, and streamlining business processes with creativity and precision. Previously, Amanda led program management teams at Ally Lending, Mastercard, and Vyze (acquired by Mastercard). She holds an MBA from Bayes Business School at City, University of London.
Kim Brackhan brings 25 years of successful B2B sales and leadership experience in the financial services industry, engaging both large and small clients across banks, credit unions, fintech, retail, second-look lenders, and other financial services organizations. Most recently she was the Vice President of Sales at Experian where she led a top-performing sales team focused on data, analytics, software, fraud, credit education, and consulting engagements. During her time at Experian, Kim spearheaded and was the ambassador behind the development of the Credit Union Vertical Sales Team and go-to-market strategy which resulted in positioning Experian as the primary and preferred partner of credit unions and their channel partners across the US. She also spent 15 years at Equifax in both sales and leadership roles.
Ignacio Cabrera (Nacho) is the Sr. Business Development Manager based in LATAM. He was most recently the Partnerships Manager at Rapyd Network where he helped run Financial Partnerships globally covering 100+ relationships worldwide in the America, EMEA regions. He brings a wide range of great experiences from his efforts to launch and support Fintech-as-a-service platforms with some of the most sophisticated banks and processors. Ignacio is based in Mexico City where he enjoys cycling, spending time with his dogs, and cooking great food.
Alain joins Markaaz after spending 20 years with Mastercard across different functions of new business and strategic development. He was an instrumental driver in building out Mastercard’s Enterprise Partnerships team, founded by Markaaz CEO Hany Fam during his tenure at the company. Alain is an expert in payments, B2B platforms, and building mutually beneficial enterprise partnerships in industries including global travel, maritime shipping, sports and music events, insurance and re-insurance. As Chief Growth Officer at Markaaz, Alain oversees international business development efforts, including existing partnerships and global expansion opportunities.
David is an independent Advisor/Consultant specializing in Data Strategy and the business information industry. His clients have included John Wiley, TiVo, CreditSafe, and Mastercard. From 2015 to 2017, David was Chief Data Officer at Avention Inc., subsequently acquired by Dun & Bradstreet. Previously David spent 30 years at Dun & Bradstreet in various executive positions, including President, Sales & Marketing Solutions, US CIO, and Chief Data Officer. David was born in the United Kingdom but has lived in New Jersey for 20 years. He loves to travel and relaxes by skiing in the Alps and collecting Burgundy wine.
Preston Giles is the Director of operations at Markaaz. He brings over 11 years of experience across operations, contributing to and leading projects as a developer, business analyst, product and project manager. Preston was previously a Product Manager with Walmart where he led the company-wide transition from legacy data stacks to a new cloud-based platform, effectively saving the company over $15 million a year in operating costs. He is skilled at developing valuable client and vendor relationships, building top-performing teams, and providing the guidance, training and support necessary to ensure on-time and within-budget delivery. Preston proudly served eight years with the U.S. Air Force.
Richard Gleed joins Markaaz from Creditsafe, where he has held various roles over the last 20 years, with his most recent role as Product & Development Director. Richard enjoys working with anything that is technically challenging in the area of software development and data management solutions, but also enjoys mentoring and also learning new skills from colleagues. He has been living in the Allentown, PA for just over 6 years, but originally hails from Cardiff, Wales in the UK.
Brenda is an experienced data scientist and product manager. She excels in leveraging data for effective problem solving and decision making. Brenda has worked at various companies in the tech industry, including Dell Technologies and IBM, and in the financial industry as a Financial Researcher at the Central Bank of Mexico and a Strategy Analyst at BBVA. She holds a master’s degree in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Emily is a UX designer with a background in human resources. She has developed a deep skill set for solving problems through understanding human behavior. Her experience empowering individuals in vulnerable groups has fostered a core belief that through empathy, creativity, and curiosity, we can design a better world for all. Emily aims to create data-driven designs that innovate, inspire, and make an impact on the usability of business services.
Jyothi is an accomplished business Analyst with progressive experience in gathering requirements and preparing specifications. Expertise in Agile and Hybrid agile project execution, demonstration expertise, team management and delivery ownership, and the experience of contribution in end-to-end SDLC. Jyothi has worked for Deloitte, Blue cross blue shield, MTX Inc, and UST Global for major US healthcare clients. Proven educational background that includes Business analysis certification from the University of Berkeley, ITIL Certifications, and a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering.
Catherine has worked as the GM at Everyware, an Austin-based fintech and 20+ years at Mastercard which included leadership roles in emerging payments, where she helped lay the groundwork for Mastercard’s contactless payments technology, which is now accepted in 70+ countries around the world. She was also the North America leader for processing, network and security products with the responsibility for enabling the market strategies for these solutions in the US and Canada. Additionally, during her tenure, she was tapped for tours of duty in finance, strategy, and public policy. She’s lived and worked in the US, Britain, Belgium, and Australia.
Nitin is a senior IT professional experienced across different domains and in various roles. He built top performing teams at Dell Technologies, and worked with teams to rationalize and publish product data. He holds experience in building distributed systems notably payment processing and E-Commerce applications. He is passionate about Product Design, Architecture and Development Practices. Off the work he writes blogs at technicallynitin.com, or follow wide range of interesting topics.
Haider started his professional career with Markaaz after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Public Policy. As an Account Executive with Markaaz, Haider supports business development, enterprise relationships, and research and analysis that drives business strategy. Prior, he has held part-time roles in business development and strategic partnerships with Excelerate Energy, a technology and gas company. He is currently based out of Austin, Texas and was born and raised in Pakistan.
Vivek is a lead developer working in backend team He has 9+ years in experience & worked in developing softwares for retail, payment & SMB domain He is passionate about system design, software design patterns and writing well maintaiable/structured software systems In his free time he likes to upskill himself by going through techinical papers & software design best practices
Tom is a proven global leader within the business information industry specializing in Data Strategy, Risk Management, Data Architecture and Operations. Tom spent 23 years with Dun & Bradstreet leading Global Services teams. At Dun & Bradstreet, he held senior level roles within Global Delivery Operations, Data & Content Management, and the Chairman’s Office. In addition, Tom held Senior Data Architecture and Strategy roles at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Avention and Interos. While at Mastercard, Tom led the Global Directory Product Development with Mastercard Track.
Omar has extensive experience building payments and financial technology products at scale. He has worked at startup and medium size companies, such as payFin, Everi, and LogixPay, where he was responsible for all IT infrastructure and software engineering disciplines. Omar is a motivational and influential leader, providing effective leadership in fast-paced, deadline driven environments.
Jesus Santiago brings more than 20 years of experience in the payments and financial industry, working primarily with European banks focusing on small business financial services. He joins Markaaz from Mastercard, where he led International and European Business Development as a regional Vice President. Previously, Jesus oversaw new card issuance with Iberia Cards and acceptance strategy at American Express. Though currently positioned in Madrid, Jesus brings global and regional experience from years spent in Barcelona, Miami, and London offices. He has a passion for swimming, family, and FC Barcelona football and looks forward to bringing his passion and commitment to Markaaz’s mission.
Gary has lived in the Austin, TX area for about 15 years, moving to Texas from Virginia where he grew up and where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. He has worked across a broad range of industries ranging from military weapons platforms to telecommunications, ISVs, eCommerce and fintech. For the past several years Gary has worked in implementations, sales and product in leadership positions for companies such as Bazaarvoice, Oracle, and Mastercard. In addition to working for others, Gary is also a professional photographer shooting for both commercial clients and individuals. He has two children both of whom are married with families of their own.
Rustin is a technology expert and enthusiast with over 20 years experience in infrastructure architecture, Cloud, DevOps, and security. Prior to Markaaz, he has led network and security projects across payments, data, health care, and technology industries. He brings a track record of results-driven leadership and a passion for people-centered solutions as a way to build better systems that create safer environments for everyone.
Kimberly is a global marketing leader with over 15 years experience scaling brand awareness, demand generation, and lead generation for B2B and B2C companies. She has led the strategy and execution of multichannel, integrated global and regional marketing campaigns for brands such as Mastercard, Dynata, and Hearst Magazines. Her work on Mastercard’s One Billion and Beyond financial inclusion campaign won a 2021 Gold Anthem Webby Award for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Kimberly holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Jim is a strategic business executive with significant international finance, IT, and operations experience in high technology and entrepreneurial companies including Ralston Purina, PwC, Dell Computers and Mastercard International. He has held senior executive positions responsible for financial planning & analysis, treasury, human resources, and IT. Jim has a strong track record in debt and equity offerings, IPOs, and 12 acquisitions (in 3 years). Jim is a CPA. Jim has expertise in design and operational effectiveness of financial operating policies that ensure regulatory compliance and proper audit and accounting controls. Regarded as an effective leader who achieves outcomes through comprehensive analysis, overall strategic thinking, and team development.
Jeffrey received his undergraduate education from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. in Marketing and a University Sales Center Alliance Certification. He then completed an M.B.A. with a Concentration in Information Technology Management and an M.S. in Supply Chain Management. Jeffrey started his professional career with Markaaz creating the tasks in Jira for the Development Team and user acceptance testing the deliverables in each agile sprint cycle. He has since transitioned to a Lead Product Owner role where he is responsible for the current user experience, business services and marketing tools for the company’s web-based and native mobile applications.
Bailey has worked in sales and customer operations for over 10 years, growing a particular passion for sales operations. She loves providing metrics that grow and improve an organization and enjoys helping teams capitalize on the opportunities that data analytics provides. Bailey is a native Austinite who enjoys all things interior design. She loves to travel and spend time with loved ones, including her husband and young son.
Jodi is a C-Suite leader, Board advisor, General Counsel and ESG leader with experience guiding public and private companies and boards through strategic and transformational evolution from start-up through late-stage, including deep M&A expertise. She is a trusted strategic and go-to partner with experience in a variety of industries including franchising, telecommunications, utilities, energy and retail. Her business leadership expertise also includes risk management, community and government relations, regulatory and compliance.
Michael currently serves as the Chief People Officer at Mastercard (a top 20 NYSE listed company), a position he has held since 2016. Michael has guided the company through significant growth of its business through organic expansion and acquisitions, driving culture, and, most recently, a very successful CEO transition. Michael has global experience, having worked and lived extensively in Asia, the Middle East, and North America (currently New York).
Ross is the founder and Managing Partner of XYZ Venture Capital. He’s made a career as a successful early-stage technology investor and is passionate about connecting people to build insightful products. Ross is from Virginia and is now based in San Francisco, where he married a local with whom he has two children and goes over the top on holidays with. He is an avid triathlete, marathon runner, and previous Ironman competitor. Ross likes to go faster in all things – from races to building companies.
Michael is a Venture Partner at Oak HC/FT and an Operating Partner at Mission OG. He focuses on fintech investing and supporting portfolio companies with data strategy and monetization. Michael currently sits on the boards of Demyst Data, Groundspeed and Kasisto. He co-founded Argus Information and Advisory Services (acquired by Verisk Analytics in 2012) and was President of FactorTrust (acquired by TransUnion in 2017).
Kathleen is the President and CEO of One Mind at Work, a global non-profit organization. She leads a network of leaders who are committed to supporting their workers’ mental health and well-being as part of their mission to create thriving, high-performance organizations. Kathleen has over 30 years of experience in advancing the science and practice of mental health, both in academia and in the public sector. She is a Professor of Psychology, Founder and former Director of the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health and continues to lead the Mental Health + Work Design Lab, which is part of the Center and supports WHO’s workplace mental health priorities.
Gordon is the Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia & Africa and a Group’s Management Committee member. Previously, he was AIA’s Regional Chief Executive, overseeing the development of key markets in Asia. A driven leader, Gordon held multiple advisory roles. He spearheaded the development of the Mental Health at Work Index with Columbia University and Ethisphere to set the standard for effective mental health programs in the workplace.
Bobby is the Chairman at Jones Lang LaSalle, JLL. He is a Senior Executive and Board Member of various significant companies, including Allstate Insurance, TransUnion LLC, Datacard, DRG, Piramal Enterprises, and Avant Credit. He was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of TransUnion LLC., as well as CEO and Vice Chairman of HSBC North America. Bobby supported the build of Mastercard Track.
Lisa Ward has more than 25 years of experience performing Board Director search assignments and corporate governance consulting projects for clients across a broad range of industries. Her expertise is particularly strong in the consumer goods, healthcare products, and industrial manufacturing sectors. She has also served a wide variety of private equity clients. Prior to joining ZRG as Managing Director, Board Services, Lisa served as a Senior Partner for James Drury Partners. This followed a tenure of more than two decades with Spencer Stuart, where she began her career and advanced through roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately executing senior-level board and executive search projects for clients across multiple practice areas.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer at Best Buy will bring his valuable experience in enterprise risk management, data security, and customer data privacy to the Advisory Board. His background positions him as a key contributor in the data management and risk mitigation facets of Markaaz’s mission.
Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), is known for his strategic acumen and his comprehensive knowledge of global business trends. His insights into business transformation and sustainability will provide strategic direction to Markaaz’s management team, including its product roadmap.