Mercator Advisory Group Continues Commitment to Providing Exceptional Member Service Through New Analyst and Consulting Hires

Mercator Advisory Group announces new analyst and consulting hires as part of the company’s work to maintain its high standard of delivering fact-based insights and advice.

Mercator Advisory Group today announced the addition of Nikhil Joseph and Jennifer Marble to its team of analysts and Marcellena Wood as Project Manager of Consulting Services. The hires are part of the company’s work to maintain its high standard of delivering fact-based insights and advice resulting from its research and consulting business model. 
Marcellena Wood will serve as Project Manager for Consulting Services. Marcellena brings over 14 years of project management experience to Mercator Advisory Group. She will be responsible for helping clients define the scope, process, methodology, and deliverables for consulting projects while ensuring the goals and objectives of each project are met. 
Marcellena’s professional experience includes acting as a forensic project manager recalibrating complex, multidirectional technology projects for companies such as Amazon e-Commerce, BayTech Services, Inc., Schneider Electric and Polycom Inc. Marcellena holds a Bachelors of Fine Art, Graphic Design/Printmaking from Swain School of Design, New Bedford MA, and a Master of Science, Information Systems from Northeastern University, Boston MA.
Nikhil Joseph will serve as an analyst with the Mercator Advisory Group’s Emerging Technologies Service. He graduated in May 2014 with a Masters (MALD) degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he studied monetary policy and international business. While at Fletcher, Nikhil worked on the MasterCard-funded “Cost of Cash” project, a multicountry study that compared the costs associated with transacting in cash with other noncash payment methods. Nikhil helped lead the expansion of the project to India, where he coauthored a report on the state of payments in the country, establishing relationships with regulators, entrepreneurs, business executives, and thought leaders who are leading India's transition away from cash.
Prior to graduate school, Nikhil was an IDEX Fellow with Gray Matters Capital, an investment fund in India, working as a consultant to an education finance company that is expanding access to education. Nikhil completed his undergraduate education at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, where he majored in Development Studies.
Jennifer Marble began working as an intern with Mercator Advisory Group in early 2013 and proved her ability to quickly grasp payments industry concepts and models while displaying strong analytical skills. She has supported numerous research efforts across multiple services and authored or coauthored a number of research pieces on topics including patterns in debit rewards and instant issuance, innovations within prepaid with a focus on the entrance of wireless phone service providers into prepaid general purpose reloadable (GPR) programs, and the future of customer service within different categories of mobile applications. Prior to her position with Mercator Advisory Group, Jennifer worked at a large natural gas distributor in Germany, Verbundnetz Gas AG. There, she tested technical indicators in the spot and futures markets as part of research designing trading strategies for hedging risk. She worked previously as a capital markets intern at the Regional Bank in Berlin and as a development intern at Mackinac Center for Public Policy, an economic policy think tank.
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