Our Company

Our Team

We come from the worlds of technology, political science, and finance, with a commitment to help customers solve some of the world’s most complex geopolitical challenges.


Bob Deppisch is the V.P. of Sales for Predata where he oversees the customer acquisition and partnership development strategy for the company. Prior to joining Predata, Bob was a business development manager for Zignal Labs for over 5 years focused on initiating the Federal practice. He was also an active-duty Intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy for 10 years serving in numerous communities to include Naval Special Warfare Development Group where he was the lead intelligence officer for multiple forward deployed task forces. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Bob Deppisch

VP of Sales

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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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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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Since joining Predata in 2016, Tori has handled a variety of functions and special projects to drive business growth. From marketing to financial planning to human resources, she works across teams to uncover what’s at the heart of the company and creates 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 Egypt, she completed her thesis on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cairo. 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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Our Advisors

Our Advisors

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

Anne-Marie Slaughter
CEO, New America

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

Francis Landolf
Principal, Core Consulting

Jim Shinn
Co-Founder of Predata

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

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

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

Mark Farrington
Global Macro PM

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

Scott Nations
President of Nations Indexes; CNBC Contributor

Michael Vickers
Former Under Secretary of Defense for 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

Our Investors