Our Team

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.

Dawani 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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Molly conducts specialized research in the platform and supports clients’ analytic success. She has a degree in Politics with a certificate in Russian & Eurasian Studies from Princeton University. She previously served with the Department of State in Russia. Her current aspiration is to cook like a babushka.

Molly Dwyer

Senior Analyst

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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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Roly was an early employee of Poptip, a natural language processing firm focused on social media, which was acquired by Palantir. Despite reading all of the other bios, he still cannot come up with more to say. He’ll get back to you if he thinks of anything.

Roly Fentanes


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Born and raised in New York, Cayley graduated from the University at Albany in 2017 with a dual degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. After working as a Legislative Aid at the New York State Assembly and as an Office Coordinator at a successful non-profit, Cayley joins Predata as a Human Resource Associate ready to help grow the team.

Cayley Gehnrich

Human Resources Associate

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Riley joins Predata after two years as a self-employed algorithmic trader and data science consultant for AngelList. Prior, he spent four years as a data scientist at OkCupid, which at the time was the only dating site worth using. Riley’s interests include the philosophy and history of science, cosmology, and linguistics. He listens to classical music and plays the piano poorly.

Riley Goodside

Machine Learning Engineer

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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

VP of Product and Analysis

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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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Andrew is passionate about making the world a smaller place via the intersection of international finance, trade and politics. Andrew previously worked on the institutional side of commodities trading at Morgan Stanley. He graduated with an MA in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and has a BA in Economics and a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Andrew loves all things related to the Rust Belt, the post-Soviet bloc, and investigative journalism. In his free time, he likes to travel hack his way to various corners of the Earth to explore new cities and cultures.

Andrew Kovtun

Global Macro Strategist

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Gordon leads Predata’s geopolitical research efforts. Before that, he worked as a journalist and researcher covering international politics and corruption. He was a Fulbright scholar in Indonesia and has served at the US Mission to NATO in Brussels. He holds an MPA in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA in English literature from the University of Colorado. He enjoys mountains.

Gordon Laforge


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Kat went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for Computer Science, where she did empirical electronic music performance research. Her favorite color is Predata Blue.

Kat Lovell


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Lizzette joins the Predata Analyst team after completing her Masters degree in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University. She formerly worked at the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Community Partnerships, where she focused on domestic countering violent extremism efforts. Lizzette graduated with two BAs in Government and International Relations and Global Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a black belt in Karate, and met the Chuck Norris at a Martial Arts convention.

Lizzette Marrero


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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.

Joel Meyer

VP of Government and Corporate Markets

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Jeffrey has spent his career developing analysis and measurement tools starting with his PhD at UC Berkeley in Physical Chemistry and as a research scientist in oil and gas (Schlumberger) developing novel sensors. Since then he has worked in software for manufacturing testing and product development at NESTLabs and for autonomous driving hardware at Zoox. In his spare time, Jeffrey loves reading with fine coffee and dessert at hand.

Jeffrey Paulsen


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Bryce joins the Predata Analyst Team after spending eight years in the US Army. While serving as a Cryptologic Linguist and Psychological Operations Specialist, he gained on-the-ground experience in Syria, the Philippines, and South Korea. His time overseas helped shape his interest in the role information plays in modern warfare. Bryce graduated with a BA in History from the University of California in Los Angeles and unabashedly prefers everything about the West Coast. He is the proud father of a four-year-old pug named Elliott Smith.

Bryce Pedersen

Customer Success Analyst, Government

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Dane serves as Predata’s resident data librarian, responsible for maintaining up to date source and event data for our customers. Previously, Dane served as a cryptologic linguist in the U.S. Army where he was an integral part of the Intelligence community’s effort to understand the Sahel region of Africa. Dane supported numerous time sensitive crisis situations and served as the lead linguist for several mission sets. Dane hails from Rockwall, TX, and has a turtle named Steve.

Dane Primrose


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Tori is motivated to discover and promote what’s at the heart of an organization. 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 clothes and hosts costume parties.

Tori Rinker

Director of Marketing and Operations

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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.

Jim Shinn


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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.

Steve Sklar

Director of Platform

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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


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Mars joins Predata with 20 years of cross-functional experience across both early stage and Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he was a Senior Sales Executive within FIS’ Global Trading group where he was focused on execution algorithm sales to quantitative trading desks. Prior to this, Mars was Vice President of Sales at Perseus where he provided low-latency infrastructure solutions to high frequency trading participants. Earlier in his career, he worked as a management consultant, investment banker, chief financial officer, and start-up advisor. Although Brazilian by birth, he has spent most of his life in New York City. Mars graduated with B.S. degrees in Economics and International Business from Manhattan College in Riverdale.

Mars Spencer

VP of Financial Markets

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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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John has an MA from the Strategic Studies program at Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA from Yonsei University. He previously worked at the telecoms market research firm TeleGeography, completed a State Department Critical Language Scholarship in Taiwan, and lived in Turkey and South Korea. He is originally from Maine, and has an elderly Maine Coon Cat for a roommate.

John Walsh


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Jr. Happiness Engineer

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