Founder & CEO
Julian has more than 20 years experience as an operating executive in international payments and banking, and as an independent advisor to early stage companies and investment firms. Julian has deep expertise in risk management, financial planning, strategy, corporate development, and is active in the early stage investing and startup community. Julian is primarily responsible for business development and due diligence at VIAGlobal.
As Founder and Managing Partner of Maacama Advisors, Julian advised many companies in strategic planning, pricing, competitive intelligence, fundraising, market entry, governance, partnerships and M&A. He is also an Advisor and Mentor at Manos Accelerator.
Julian spent 16 years with Visa, most recently as the Global Head of Enterprise Risk Management. He worked on the merger and reorganization of Visa's six global entities and IPO in 2008. He led Visa's Enterprise Risk Management team, and led risk diligence efforts for all acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures.
Julian holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business, and speaks English and Spanish fluently, and is proficient in Portuguese.
RICH DE LA ROSA, CPA
Founder & CFO/COO
Rich brings more than two decades of finance, accounting/tax, and operational experience to his dual-role as CFO/COO at VIAGlobal. A leader in business management, corporate finance and strategic sourcing, Rich is primarily responsible for building and maintaining VIAGlobal’s program infrastructure. Rich has a successful track record as a financial and operations executive and with broad industry experience in media, manufacturing and global expansion within the US and Latin American markets.
Prior to joining VIAGlobal, Rich served as VP of Finance and Business Operations at eMerge Americas where he was responsible for all financial aspects as well as overseeing key conference operations. Prior to joining eMerge, Rich held positions at Radius Worldwide as Director of Advisory Services, and MTV Networks as Senior Manager of Finance. After attaining his MBA, Rich had the unique experience of leading his family’s 40-year manufacturing business to record growth. Rich started his professional career at KPMG.
Rich earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Georgetown University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with the State of Maryland.
Elias Ghanem is a FINTECH specialist with over 20 years of experience in the ePayment and eCommerce arenas across emerging markets. Elias held senior roles at VISA Inc. and PayPal where he was the Managing Director for South East Asia and then MENA.
In 2013 he co-founded Telr in Singapore and Dubai, as the online Payment Gateway for emerging markets. Telr won the "2014 Start-up of the Year" award by Arabian Business in Dubai.
Elias is the Chairman of the Board of Zoomaal , the leading crowdfunding platform in MENA, and sits on the Board of Bridg (mobile to mobile payment), and Paykii (cross border bill payment). Elias has also been in 2015 the Resident Mentor of the UK Lebanon Tech Hub in Beirut, a start-ups accelerator programme set up by Banque du Liban, the Lebanese Central Bank.
In August 2016, Elias was featured in the magazine Entrepreneur Middle East sharing his thoughts about the startups journey in MENA, the love-hate relationship between startups and VCs and the FINTECH opportunity in MENA.