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Roy C. Vella - Vella Ventures Ltd.. Wellesley, MA, US

Roy C. Vella

Managing Director | Vella Ventures Ltd.


Digital Strategy Expert, NED/Advisor & Entrepreneur



Simply put, my passion is growing businesses at the convergence of online, mobile and financial services -specializing in businesses that intersect digital and real activities. I have a successful track record creating, planning, managing and operating new digital services that deliver amazing user experiences and create real revenue opportunities, across multiple international markets.

My goal is to create possibilities through partnerships, products and people, and I have proven results in developing ideas into businesses and individuals into teams. My particular expertise is in Strategy & Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Project Management & Deployment, and, most importantly, being a strong customer advocate to bridge the gap between engineering vision and market reality.

I excel at parachuting into new situations, hitting the ground running, and sorting out problems independently while managing shifting goals with little information in a rapidly changing environment. Even so, I am quite comfortable working with big teams managing large-scale projects across a matrix corporation.

If you've read this far (thanks!), please feel free to contact me about independent consulting projects, advising opportunities or full-time engagements as I make time for what I find intriguing and challenging.

Industry Expertise (6)

Information Technology and Services

Management Consulting

Financial Services




Areas of Expertise (10)




Business Development & Partnerships

Business Strategy

Mobile Financial Services



Digital & Mobile Strategy

Payments Innovation

Education (4)

Université de la Sorbonne: Wesleyan University Junior Year Abroad Program, French History & Literature (conducted in French, Paris, France) 1989

Stanford University Law School: JD, (Law, Venture Capital) 1998

College of the Holy Cross: Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics (High Honors) 1990

Stanford University Graduate School of Business: MBA, (Entrepreneurship) 1998

•Global Management and Public Management Certificates. •Senator, Stanford University Graduate Student Council. •Chairman/Publisher/Writer, The Student Reporter, Inc. •Chairman, Stanford Concert Network. •Director/Special Counsel, Challenge for Charity, Board of Directors. •Board Fellow, Child Advocates Board of Directors. •Co-President, JD/MBA Assoc. •Peer Advisor, Bechtel International Center. •Member, Associate Dean of Students Selection Committee. •Instructor, Windsurfing 101.

Languages (1)

  • English

Testimonials (3)

Michael Baume, Chairman | The Financial Services Club - Ireland

“Roy provides deep insights to the critical factors defining the future of technology in the world today. His experience across different businesses and continents gives context and credibility to the analysis he provides and makes his insights critical to any business undertaking strategic analysis. At a personal level Roy is highly engaging, a great communicator and hugely focussed. All in all a class act whose words are worth hearing and whose presentation skills are of an Oscar winning level.” May 8, 2012

Jeffrey McConnell, CEO | Whisper Communications LLC

“I saw Roy speak at a private event hosted by Alston and Bird in Atlanta. He was one of the best speakers I've seen and gave, literally, the best presentation I've ever seen. His breadth of knowledge on the subject of mobile payments is only surpassed by his ability to communicate that knowledge. He handled the Q&A portion of the meeting equally well and it was a tough crowd.” May 28, 2012

Greg Davis, Head Of Franchise | Thomas Pink

“I was bowled over by Roy's delivery of a presentation on technology, the like of which I have not heard in over 30 years. A truly inspiring, fun, interesting and motivational overview of the speed and development of modern payment technology and the opportunities that lie ahead.” March 12, 2012

Sample Talks (1)

The Mobile Wave: The Future of Money

In record time, mobile telecommunications have dramatically altered the world in unforeseen and important ways. The collision of online, telecom and financial services has changed the landscape and those who understand and take advantage of these new market dynamics will be the winners in the long term. This session sets the context for some of the major trends happening globally, the key players in the new ecosystem and how they come together to form a new paradigm for business.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Host/MC
  • Corporate Training


10000 to 50000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee