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.
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Director of Analysis
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.
VP of Product and Analysis
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.
Director of Machine Learning
Joel was a Senior Vice President at Dataminr working with public sector clients. He previously worked with the U.S. Government, serving in the Office of the Secretary of Homeland Security focused on countering terrorist threats to the Homeland emanating from abroad, and on the White House National Security Council staff focused on countering violent extremism. He has a BA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University and a JD from the American University Washington College of Law.
VP of Government and Corporate Markets
Tori joined Predata in 2016 and has since 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.
VP of Operations
After 2 decades in Silicon Valley and Asia, first at Advanced Micro Devices and then Dialogic, which he co-founded, Jim served as National Intelligence Officer at the CIA and Assistant Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. He has an MBA from Harvard and a BA and PhD from Princeton. He is equally baffled by machine learning and options theory.
Steve graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Economics and Finance. While at the investment bank Sandler O’Neill, he discovered his passion for programming and has since developed software for buy-side and sell-side firms specializing in the fixed income markets. On the weekends, you can find him playing the bass in his band, Super Gravity.
Director of Platform
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.
Chief Technology Officer
Board of Advisors
Senior Technology Specialist, World Bank; Senior Fellow, Federation of American Scientists
CEO, New America
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)
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and Director of the Financial Engineering Program at Columbia
Principal, Core Consulting
Experienced Derivates Professional, formerly at MKM Partners, Societe Generale, Susquehanna International Group, and Morgan Stanley
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
Consultant, Dyncorp International; former Director of Intelligence, CIA
President, MMP Group; Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School; Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration
Founder and CIO, Hayman Capital Management
President, Novus Intelligence; former Senior Operations Officer, CIA
Global Macro PM
Experienced Global Macro Investor; formerly of Soros Fund Management, Goldman Sachs, and the International Monetary Fund
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
Senior Advisor, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
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