Our Company

Our Team

We come from the worlds of technology, political science, and finance, with a commitment to building the future of enterprise software for predictive analytics.


Hazem joins Predata having spent the past 10 years as co-founder and CEO of OptionsCity, a global electronic trading platform with offices in Chicago, New York and London. He led the business through various growth stages, managing multiple investments rounds, growing a large customer base, and overseeing products vision. Dawani previously served as a director in the software department at Chicago Trading Company and has also worked at SSI as a software engineer where he built real-time embedded systems solutions. Dawani grew up in Jordan and moved to Chicago to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has B.S. in computer engineering from IIT. In his free time, he enjoys Skiing, table tennis, a good Chess match, and spending time with his family.

Hazem Dawani

Chief Executive Officer

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Eric coordinates Predata’s analysis effort and is responsible for our client support and user training programs. He holds a Masters in European Affairs from Sciences Po, where he was the 2015 laureate of the Michel-David Weill Scholarship, and an AB from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. He has previously served with the State Department’s European Affairs Bureau in Brussels and in Washington. In a past life, Eric was a semi-professional theater technician.

Eric Falcon

Director of Analysis

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Josh served as a Senior Signals Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army, driving SIGINT collection and reporting for the Sahel region of Africa. He then worked as a Senior Consultant for Deloitte Consulting Strategy Service Line, focused on rethinking how the Intelligence Community views their “customers”. He has a BA in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Josh enjoys spicy and savory spirits.

Joshua Haecker

Chief Product Officer

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Deeply motivated by a search for links between the structured complexities of the mathematical world and human culture, Dakota joined Predata while on academic leave from Princeton, where he is a PhD candidate researching applications of machine learning to music theory. He has a BA from Rutgers University, where he studied Musicology, Mathematics, and Linguistics, and an MA in Musicology from Princeton.

Dakota Killpack

Director of Machine Learning

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Since joining Predata in 2016, Tori has handled a little bit of everything to drive business growth. From marketing to financial planning and analysis to human resources, she works across teams to uncover what’s at the heart of the company, build an authentic brand around that core, and create consistent end-to-end experiences for clients, partners and employees. She has a degree in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University where, after a summer working in Cairo, she completed her thesis on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Egypt. In her spare time she designs and hosts murder mystery parties.

Tori Rinker

VP of Operations

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Ben graduated from Bates College with a B.A. in Politics and a minor in Philosophy. Before joining Predata, he spent 4 years building the machine learning system for an AI personal assistant at x.ai. Ben enjoys playing speed chess and swimming long distances.

Ben Smith

Director of Engineering

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Collin formerly developed software for Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group and TripAdvisor. He has a BSE in computer science from Princeton. Collin is a juggling enthusiast with experience ranging from diabolos to torches.

Collin Stedman

Chief Technology Officer

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Board of Advisors

Andrew Choi
Senior Technology Specialist, World Bank; Senior Fellow, Federation of American Scientists

Anne-Marie Slaughter
CEO, New America

Ashby Monk
Executive Director, Stanford Global Projects Center; Co-Founder, Long Game Savings

Ambassador (Retired) Douglas Lute
President, Cambridge Global Advisors, LLC; former U.S. Ambassador to NATO; Lieutenant General, US Army (Retired)

Emmanuel Derman
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and Director of the Financial Engineering Program at Columbia

Francis Landolf
Principal, Core Consulting

Jim Strugger
Experienced Derivates Professional, formerly at MKM Partners, Societe Generale, Susquehanna International Group, and Morgan Stanley

John McLaughlin
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University

John Kringen
Consultant, Dyncorp International; former Director of Intelligence, CIA

Karen Mills
President, MMP Group; Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School; Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration

Kyle Bass
Founder and CIO, Hayman Capital Management

Lon Augustenborg
President, Novus Intelligence; former Senior Operations Officer, CIA

Mark Farrington
Global Macro PM

Marcel Kasumovich
Experienced Global Macro Investor; formerly of Soros Fund Management, Goldman Sachs, and the International Monetary Fund

Michael Vickers
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Mike Kostiw
Senior Advisor, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Neal Brady
Former Founder and CEO, Eris Exchange, and Executive Chairman, ErisX; former Managing Director, Global Head of Business Development, CME Group;

Nicholas J. Rasmussen
Senior Director for National Security and Counterterrorism Programs, The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Rear Admiral Michael Hewitt (Ret.)
CO-Founder & CEO IP3 Security

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