Mr. Vella is a digital services expert and independent advisor/consultant to players large (such as Visa, Vodafone and the GSMA) and small (a number of startups) in the space. Prior to offering his services-at-large, Mr. Vella was at RBS where he led the bank’s mobile efforts globally. Before RBS he spent five years with PayPal starting out as the Director of Business Development in the US Merchant Services team and finally as the Head of Mobile Payments leading the mobile payments initiative in Europe. Prior to PayPal, Mr. Vella worked as the VP of Sales & Marketing at 4charity, Inc. (a software startup focusing on corporate philanthropy for the Fortune 500), and as a Partner at Quantum Technology Ventures (a corporate VC firm focusing on the storage industry).
As an entrepreneur, Mr. Vella co-founded NetAbacus Corporation, a web-based purchasing service for small businesses, serving as the VP of Marketing/Strategic Relations. Before graduate school, he began his career in Client Service at the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago. He received a BA in Mathematics (with High Honors and elected to Phi Beta Kappa) from Holy Cross College, a JD from Stanford Law School, and an MBA (with certificates in Global and Public Management) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jojo is Chief Executive Officer of Wing which is a pioneering Mobile Finance institution that caters to the unbanked and underbanked aiming to bring them into the mainstream of economic success of Cambodia by allowing them access to financial services that have not been made available to them in the past.
Jojo is an experienced mobile money and mobile payments executive and brings with him extensive Mobile and Digital Financial Services (DFS) experience in emerging markets, working with key stakeholders in banks, regulators, MNOs, financial institutions, NGOs, international development firms, cooperatives, microfinance companies and global mobile money and financial inclusion organizations. He had worked with companies in the Philippines, Latin America and Africa that married technology and finance that are relevant to the poor.