Juan Maldonado

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Juan Maldonado

2012 Global Fellow
Founder of Arcus with Edrizio De La Cruz

Juan Maldonado 2012 Global Fellow

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Unlock millions of dollars in support for families in Latin America by replacing traditional remittances with SMS e-gift cards for local retails.


As opposed to sending cash, Arcus (formerly Regalii) allows Latinos in the U.S. to send gift cards (via SMS). Family members in LAC can redeem their Regalii in local stores and supermarkets where remittance recipients already shop.


Juan Maldonado has been honored and recognized by the NYC Commissioner of Consumer Affairs as well as the mayor for his outstanding work in providing key financial services to predominantly Latino communities. Juan graduated from the Zicklin School of business before working at Lehman Brothers for 4 years as an analyst. He also sat on the leadership broad for CUP (Counsel of Urban Professionals) and the executive board of directors for GLP (Global Language project) from 2010-2012.

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