Quantexa Appoints Industry Luminaries to its Advisory Board to Accelerate Growth Plans

Former president of BlackRock, former CEO of NHSX, and former Director of GCHQ bring wealth of industry experience from finance, healthcare, and national security

LONDON, Sept. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Quantexa, the global leader in Decision Intelligence (DI) solutions for the private and public sectors, announced today that it has appointed three industry luminaries to its Advisory Board. These hires include Ralph Schlosstein, former CEO of Evercore and former President of BlackRock, Matthew Gould, former CEO of NHSX, and Sir Jeremy Fleming, Former Director of GCHQ. These distinguished leaders bring a wealth of expertise in finance, healthcare, and national security to Quantexa.

The expansion of Quantexa’s Advisory Board comes at a pivotal time for the organization, following the completion of a $129 million Series E funding round, led by GIC, where Quantexa joined an elite group of UK tech companies reaching breakout unicorn status. It was also announced this year that Quantexa will invest over $155M in the global AI industry over the next three years to help clients advance the use of AI to protect, optimize, and grow their organizations. By 2027, Quantexa’s total global investment in AI will reach more than $250M.

Ralph Schlosstein, former CEO of Evercore and former President of BlackRock, brings decades of experience in investment banking to Quantexa’s Advisory Board. His distinguished career includes playing a strategic role in helping the world’s largest asset management firm go public. Ralph’s financial acumen will play a pivotal role in shaping corporate strategy initiatives.

Matthew Gould, former CEO of NHSX, joins Quantexa’s Advisory Board, after serving as the British ambassador to Israel between 2010 and 2015, where Gould helped to launch the UK-Israel Technologies Hub – an initiative run in Tel Aviv to forge technology partnerships between UK and Israeli companies. More recently, Matthew leveraged his extensive background in healthcare to play a pivotal role in advising NHS on initiatives throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. At NHSX, Gould has been responsible for harnessing the power of data and technology to improve healthcare delivery. Matthew’s deep expertise will help Quantexa identify the economies and industries for strategic focus and make decisions on commercial strategy.

Sir Jeremy Fleming, Former Director of GCHQ, and former Deputy Head of MI5, joins the Advisory Board with more than 30 years of experience in intelligence and technology. His extensive background includes developing the National Cyber Security Centre, where he strived to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online. With a passion for making technology use in government more transparent, Sir Fleming will enhance Quantexa’s capabilities in addressing emerging threats and opportunities.

“We are pleased to welcome Ralph Schlosstein, Matthew Gould, and Sir Jeremy Fleming to our Advisory Board,” said Vishal Marria, CEO of Quantexa. “Their collective expertise in finance, healthcare, and national security will be invaluable as we continue to develop cutting-edge decision intelligence solutions that address the evolving needs of the market.”

“Quantexa’s AI-enabled technology allows its customers to protect, optimize, and grow their organizations with efficiency and transparency,” said Ralph Schlosstein, former CEO of Evercore and former President of BlackRock. I believe Quantexa is well-positioned to capture the opportunities ahead and increase its share of the emerging Decision Intelligence category. I am looking forward to supporting the executive team as they work to accelerate their organic and inorganic growth strategy.”

“It’s an exciting time for me to be joining Quantexa’s Advisory Board, at this critical stage of growth for the company,” said Matthew Gould. “Quantexa’s innovative approach to helping customers in the private and public sectors make data their most valuable utility is revolutionizing decision making across multiple industries. I look forward to working alongside the talented team at Quantexa to connect data and drive better outcomes for organizations.”

Sir Jeremy Fleming, Former Director of GCHQ commented “I’m thrilled to be part of a company at the forefront of AI innovation. I look forward to combining my experience with Quantexa’s impressive capabilities, which will continue to shape how their customers use data to protect businesses and citizens.”

With the help of its Advisory Board, Quantexa remains dedicated to empowering organizations to make trusted operational decisions through innovative Decision Intelligence solutions. For more on Quantexa’s Leadership team, visit here.

About Quantexa

Quantexa is a global data and analytics software company pioneering Decision Intelligence that empowers organizations to make trusted operational decisions by making data meaningful. Using the latest advancements in big data and AI, Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence platform uncovers hidden risk and new opportunities by providing a contextual, connected view of internal and external data in a single place. It solves major challenges across data management, KYC, customer intelligence, financial crime, risk, fraud, and security, throughout the customer lifecycle.

The Quantexa Decision Intelligence Platform enhances operational performance with over 90% more accuracy and 60 times faster analytical model resolution than traditional approaches. Founded in 2016, Quantexa now has more than 650 employees and thousands of users working with billions of transactions and data points across the world. The company has offices in London, Dublin, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Toronto, UAE, Malaga, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Brussels, Melbourne, Sydney, and Singapore. For more information, follow us on LinkedIn.

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DR Congo president orders UN peacekeepers to leave country

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi has called for the quick withdrawal of the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Congo.

He was speaking during the 78th session of the U.N. General Assembly on September 20, 2023.

The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo MONUSCO, which has been existing for about 25 years was established to suppress insecurity in the eastern part of the country, where armed groups fight over territory and resources.

Felix Tshisekedi however noted that the peacekeeping missions have failed to cope with the rebellions and armed conflicts.

“This is why … I instructed the government of the republic to begin discussions with the UN authorities for an accelerated withdrawal of MONUSCO … by bringing forward the start of this progressive withdrawal from December 2024 to December 2023,” he stated.

It is reported that at least 56 persons were killed and others wounded in an army crackdown on violent anti-UN demonstrations in the eastern city of Goma, Congo in August.

“People have expectations that if their government is unable to protect them, at the least, the UN will do it, but over the years, the UN was unable to prevent attacks or to respond to them adequately, so they [citizens] feel like they [the UN] are useless,” Amnesty International’s Jean-Mobert Senga told Al Jazeera.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Women and youth in Seychelles to train in value addition of fish products and their use in circular economy

Women and youth entrepreneurs in the fisheries sector are now able to follow training sessions that will give them the opportunity to work in the certified laboratories at the Seychelles Fishing Authorities (SFA).

This has been made possible through an agreement between the SFA and the COMESA Federation of Women in Business (COMFWB) signed on Thursday. The agreement will allow for such cooperation at the SFA headquarters at Ile Port, a man-made island on Mahe, the main island.

The COMFWB chapter in Seychelles, which was launched in September 2021, aims at empowering women in the trading business in the island nation in the western Indian Ocean.

The COMFWB chairperson, Claudette Albert, signed the agreement with SFA’s interim chief executive, Phillippe Michaud.

According to Albert, “the new agreement will provide more visibility to the other business women in the fisheries sector who at the moment are more seen in governance aspects of the industry.”

“We are going to run a capacity building programme to train them in the value addition of fish products and also how to make use of fish products in the circular economy so that there is zero waste,” Albert told reporters.

The training programme will start in the first week of November in partnership with the SFA to teach the women how to handle fish, fish biology, on quality and how to process fish among others.

“SFA has the qualified personnel and they will be supporting us with the training,” Albert said, detailing the benefits of this new agreement.

Around 20 -25 women and youths are expected to take part in the first training session also aimed at encouraging more people from that group to join the sector.

Michaud said that this move will not only allow for the development of new products but will also sustainably manage fisheries as it ensures products have maximal value.

Through the agreement, the businesswomen will be working with the product development and quality department at the SFA, as the authority has internationally certified laboratories available for the development of quality products”.

The head of Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles (CEPS), Alvin Laurence, explained that civil society has developed an interest and is working extensively in the agricultural and fisheries sectors as “a lesson learned from COVID-19 and the country only depending on one source of income for the economy.”

CEPS told reporters that its approach, especially where fisheries is concerned, is one of a circular economy.

The circular economy which is being promoted by the Seychelles’ Blue Economy Department involves transforming, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling waste materials.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Seychellois dive master chosen as judge for Pan-African regional photo contest

Christopher Leon has been chosen as one of three judges for this year’s The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Pan-African Regional Photo Contest.

The 30-year-old Seychellois dive master and underwater photographer will be joined by judges chosen to decide on the winners of the contest, where he is joined by Sarah Waiswa – a Ugandan based in Kenya and specialised in documentary and portrait photographer and Roshni Lodhia – the lead judge hailing from Tanzania.

“For me, this is a momentous opportunity to amplify the importance of conservation, share my experiences, and inspire others to explore the mesmerising depths of our oceans through my lens,” Leon told SNA.

The competition, which was officially launched on August 30, is set to accept submissions up until September 29, with the winner to be announced during the first week of November.

Leon explained that this contest falls under The Nature Conservancy’s Africa Programme, a reputable non-profit organisation dedicated to working towards a sustainable future for people and nature in Africa.

Leon began his journey into photography about five years ago. (Christopher Leon) Photo License: All Rights Reserved

“The photo contest aims to showcase the artistic talents of photographers while raising awareness about conservation,” he added.

Leon, who began his journey into photography about five years ago, says that he wanted to unveil the hidden treasures beneath the waves of Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.

He added that “as someone raised on a small island embraced by the vast ocean, it deeply saddens me to witness many Seychellois missing out on the breathtaking beauty beneath the surface.”

With Seychelles considered to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, with a rich biodiversity, Leon believes there are opportunities for Seychellois photographers to flourish in nature photography.

Those from Seychelles who still wish to take part in the competition can do so by registering on the www.nature.org website.

“This passion has not only been an incredible journey but has also taken me across the globe. It has not always been smooth sailing, but I firmly believe that unwavering dedication and commitment can overcome any challenge. I stand as living proof of this conviction,” he added.

He wanted to unveil the hidden treasures beneath the waves of Seychelles. (Christopher Leon) Photo License: All Rights Reserved

The contest features several categories, including people and nature, plants and fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, and more, with a total of 37 prizes up for grabs.

There will be first, second and third prizes for each of the 12 categories and a prize for the overall winner of the contest.

The grand prize is a three-night stay at the Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp in Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Douala: Two suspected bike thieves nabbed in Akwa

For a long time now, the theft of motorbikes has been rampant at “Ancienne Troisièmes”-Akwa Douala, a busy economic hub.

” It was on a Friday afternoon that I parked my bike to work in the office. When I came out at about 6 p.m., I could not find it again. With the help of a security camera, we discovered that it was stolen by two men. I searched for it to no avail. ” A victim who was at the reconstitution scene on September 21, 2023 at Ancienne troisième disclosed.

A series of complaints filed by victims at the GMI 2 permitted an operation that resulted in the arrest of two suspects, Mohamadou and Yaouba, both 38 years old.

“Since about three months, we received about 15 complaints from city dwellers in Akwa, their bikes have been stolen. In collaboration with the anti-criminal unit of the Douala Judicial police, upon the authorization of the regional delegate of national security, we were able to arrest the two suspects who showed to the public how they steal bikes.” Awa Christian, head of the anti-gang unit recounted.

Before their arrest, they had stolen at least 50 bikes and sold them on the black market.

“Since they started operating, they stole about 50 motorbikes, via their modus operandi. We have succeeded in recovering five, available for identification and collection. But four have been returned to the owners “. Added Awah Christian, the anti-gang chief.

Assurances have been made, that other motorbike thieves in the city of Douala will be tracked down, alongside their accomplices, known to be middlemen and buyers of these stolen bikes.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Limbe: Chiefs displeased with “disregard” of late Njalla Quan’s image

A group of 21 traditional rulers in Limbe, have jointly called on football stakeholders spewing insults on Henry Njalla Quan Jr’s late father to stop.

In a memo expressing their dissatisfaction, the chiefs said they have been following “with apt attention the ongoing squabbles between our son Henry Njalla Quan Jr and some other persons operating in the football sector of our country”.

Henry Njalla Quan Jr resigned from the Cameroon Football Federation as fourth vice president in July, raising concerns over corruption and mismanagement within the Eto’o-led administration.

Thereafter, animosity grew between his camp and other opposing football actors in the South West. He once accused Victoria United president, Valentine Nkwain, of desecrating his late father’s image with “demeaning” utterances.

The Limbe chiefs conference of traditional rulers in their memo, regret that the late club owner is being attacked “even at death and his corpse promised to be transferred to Ghana by non-indegenes of our land”.

“We hold that this is not only a direct attack to the immediate family, but also directed to us the custodians of our customs and traditions that we are” the chiefs said.

They have called on the persons concerned to make amends “as soon as possible”, by complying with their demands which will be sent “at the appropriate time”.

Two traditional market days have been allocated for the individuals to present themselves at the chiefs’ conclave. No names have been mentioned.

Source: Cameroon News Agency