Meet our team

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.

Our founders and board members

Our leaders have deep experience scaling growth for the largest global companies

Hany Fam

FOUNDER AND CEO

Fabi Hubschmid

CO-FOUNDER AND COO

Sandy Watkins

CO-FOUNDER

Our team

A seasoned team brings over 700 years of combined experience from the most innovative industries and companies

Brett Adams

SVP of Product

Eun Barron

Lead UX UI designer

Gina Bednar

HR & Accounting Manager

Alain Cauwenberghs

Chief Growth Officer

David Clarke

CHIEF DATA OFFICER IN RESIDENCE

Brett Adams

SVP of Product

Eun Barron

Lead UX UI designer

Gina Bednar

HR & Accounting Manager

Alain Cauwenberghs

Chief Growth Officer

David Clarke

CHIEF DATA OFFICER IN RESIDENCE

Jesse Caruso

Lifecycle Marketing Manager

Georgina Ford

Content Marketing Manager

Preston Giles

Director of Operations

Jyothi Kuthoor

business Analyst

Scott Lange

Social Impact Lead

Jesse Caruso

Lifecycle Marketing Manager

Georgina Ford

Content Marketing Manager

Preston Giles

Director of Operations

Jyothi Kuthoor

business Analyst

Scott Lange

Social Impact Lead

Rob MacColl

CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

Jerry McCarley

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Stephen McCarley

Security Analyst

John Nguyen

Product Manager

Daniel O’Connell

CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER

Rob MacColl

CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

Jerry McCarley

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Stephen McCarley

Security Analyst

John Nguyen

Product Manager

Daniel O’Connell

CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER

Nitin Pai

Software development manager

Haider Piracha

Account Executive

Vivek Prabhu

Lead Developer

Tom Reed

SVP of Data

Omar Saleh

SVP of Software Development

Nitin Pai

Software development manager

Haider Piracha

Account Executive

Vivek Prabhu

Lead Developer

Tom Reed

SVP of Data

Omar Saleh

SVP of Software Development

Rustin Scott

VP of Information Security and DevOps

Kimberly Sweeney

SVP of Marketing

Jeffrey Wetter

Lead Product Owner

Jim Whalen

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER IN RESIDENCE

Our advisors

The best and brightest minds across technology, payments, insurance, investment, and more have joined to advise our leaders.

Emanuele ‘’Manny’’ Conti

Gordon Watson

Bobby Mehta

Michael Fraccaro

Ross Fubini

Michael Heller

Investors

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 Fam

FOUNDER AND CEO

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 Hubschmid

CO-FOUNDER AND COO

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 Executive Council of 50/50 Women on Boards.

Sandy Watkins

Co-Founder

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 Adams

SVP of Product

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.

Eun Barron

Lead UX UI Developer 

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 Bednar

HR & Accounting Manager

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.

Alain Cauwenberghs

CHIEF GROWTH OFFICER

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 Clarke

CHIEF DATA OFFICER IN RESIDENCE

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. 

Jesse Caruso

Lifecycle Marketing Manager 

Veteran startup founder and Marketing Manager with 10 years of success in developing highly effective marketing programs and maximizing ROI through advertising campaigns. Jesse holds several technology patents and a successful startup exit to a global enterprise. He is a performance-driven marketer who is passionate about growing brands through creative storytelling and customer-centric marketing strategies.

Georgina Ford

Content Marketing Manager 

Georgina is an expert at editing, branding, marketing, and writing, drawing on a wealth of experience in project and team leadership in B2B and B2C arenas. She enjoys driving success in a company, generating fresh ideas, nurturing possibilities, and being part of the growth story from zero to household name. With experience gained working with 20+ nationalities and cultures on four continents, she brings a truly global, holistic perspective to her role. She looks after a host of rescue animals on her Tennessee farm in her spare time and is a photographer.

Preston Giles

Director of Operations 

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.

Jyothi Kuthoor

Business Analyst

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.

Scott Lange

Over the past three years, Scott focused on landing financial support from enterprise corporations, sports teams, religious organizations, banks, and accounting firms to provide knowledge, tools, and support for courageous BIPOC and woman entrepreneurs to address racial economic equity and the Covid economic calamity. As a strategic consultant, Scott is now spearheading sponsorships and partnerships to distribute the Markaaz FinTech Platform, at scale, to help all small business owners thrive and grow.

An accomplished business executive, Scott is a creative marketer of marketing solutions that ignite customer engagement for companies/brands to drive business growth.  Previously, Scott held executive leadership positions in sports marketing including Active Network, Moss Sports, SFX Sports Group and the New York Road Runners/NYC Marathonâ prior to focusing on social impact.

Rob MacColl

CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER 

Rob has over 20 years of executive experience in financial services and a track record of leading growth-driven innovative payment and banking solutions. He joins Markaaz from Rapyd, a Fintech-as-a-Service platform, where he served as Head of the Americas and successfully launched API-powered access to local payment rails that enabled B2B transactions amongst SMBs and marketplaces. Prior, Rob developed fintech banking platforms with Silicon Valley Bank, Cross River Bank, and Community Federal Savings Bank, closing industry transforming deals with tech companies driving the innovation economy. His passion for payments started with Mastercard as Group Executive, Global Acquisitions and Development, where he was a member of the team that successfully executed its IPO.   

Jerry McCarley

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER 

Jerry is a proven and accomplished leader consistently delivering high availability platforms at the lowest possible operating cost with proven expertise in systems design and development of payment and various other application platforms. His experience includes Banking, Merchant acquiring, ATM acquiring, Debit/Credit card issuing, and a myriad of integrated websites, web services, and mobile solutions. He was the Co-founded/CIO of a payments startup specifically for the casino industry and the CTO of startup fintech Safrapay and Cardtronics. He has extensive knowledge and experience with the Card Associations throughout the NA, APAC, and LATAM regions. Jerry is a skilled team builder of small and large teams for delivering application development, networking, security, and infrastructure systems.

Stephen McCarley

Security Analyst 

Stephen is an IT professional with over 15 years experience in infrastructure architecture, help desk management, audit oversight, and security. Stephen has worked with small start ups as well as large corporations in IT. He brings a results-driven track record to Markaaz along with a passion for the people he works with and customers his work supports. Stephen brings an enthusiasm for spearheading initiatives that create a culture of collaboration and team success.

John Nguyen

Project Manager

John is an agile leader who faciltates relentless improvements in small and large technical teams. His experience as a former military officer enhances expertise in Jira to manage and organize high-level software development teams. John’s cross-functional experience improves team dynamics between product and software development colloborations. His leadership drives improvements in global setttings to include software developers in India, Ukraine, and Canada to managing complex missions in arduous environments such as Iraq.

Daniel O’Connell

CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER 

Daniel is a future-focused leader with an entrepreneurial drive to build a robust commercial position, undertaking a broad spectrum of business functions encompassing sales, finance, and operations. Daniel has a credible record of achieving enormous success across the Fintech and Payment sectors by penetrating new markets, establishing new ventures, and boosting revenue streams. He has held senior leadership roles in both the Payment and Fintech space. Recently, Daniel was President and Chief Operating Officer of Safrapay, a Payment startup company. Served as Chief Operating Officer for Ascentium Capital, a Fintech Lending company in the Payment sector.   Before that, he was SVP at First Data/ Fiserv, responsible for the Partner channel with over 1000 relationships generating over $1B in revenue annually.

Nitin Pai

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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 Piracha

Account Executive

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 Prabhu

Lead Developer

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 Reed

SVP of Data 

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 Saleh

SVP of Software Development 

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.

Rustin Scott

VP of Information Security 

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 Sweeney

SVP of Marketing 

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 had 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 for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Kimberly holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Jeffrey Wetter

Lead Product Owner 

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.

Jim Whalen

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER IN RESIDENCE 

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. 

Emanuele “Manny” Conti

Manny is an Operating Partner at WCAS, focusing on technology and investments. He has over 25 years of leadership experience in software, business information, and technology-enabled services. Manny has served as CEO of Opus Global, CEO of Kroll Inc., and President of the North American and International divisions of Dun & Bradstreet. In addition, Manny supported the build of Mastercard Track.

Gordon Watson

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 Mehta

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.

Michael Fraccaro

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 Fubini

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 Heller

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).