Catalyze Dallas Founder Named to Board of Washington, D.C. Nonprofit Combatting Global Crime and Security Threats

Joe D’Cruz, the Catalyze Dallas founder and managing director, has been named to the Board of Directors for The Center for Advanced Defense Studies’ (C4ADS), a nonprofit organization providing data-driven analysis on transnational security issues with plans to develop innovative solutions to complex challenges.

The Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS) says it’s a nonprofit digital-age think tank dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues. 

Utilizing cutting-edge technology, C4ADS manages, integrates, and analyzes data from various languages, regions, and sources, and then incorporates its own field research to try and fill the gap left by the traditional public sector and profit-driven institutions, according to a statement.

Through trained analysts, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit creates analytical methods to work with local and international audiences. C4ADS’ analysis covers important topics including corruption, environmental crime, human trafficking, proliferation networks, and supply chain security.

As Catalyze Dallas’ founder and managing director, D’Cruz has built scalable businesses by commercializing innovations licensed or purchased from some of the world’s most respected companies, according to a statement. Catalyze Dallas works directly with defense companies to unveil the potential of its clients’ investments in innovation, which allows partners to see their innovations more widely applied.

Along with his team, D’Cruz designed Catalyze Dallas’ model to accelerate time-to-market for key technologies, which in turn helps innovators as they realize the fulfillment of their products in actual commercial applications, according to a statement.

Previous Catalyze Dallas clients include billion-dollar companies Lockheed Martin and Boeing. 

“You can have a great invention that was developed for a niche application. But other divisions don’t know about it,” said D’Cruz in an interview with D Magazine. “What we are able to do is identify those niche opportunities because we had a broader aperture into commercial markets than a typical defense contractor.”

In addition to spearheading his company, D’Cruz serves on the board of Metro Aerospace, a leader in the reduction of fuel consumption and carbon emissions on a variety of military and commercial aircraft, and is also a board member and executive chairman of Alpine Advanced Materials, a pioneer in lightweight thermoplastic nanocomposites. 

D’Cruz’s experience with commercialization and innovation “uniquely suits him” to support C4ADS’ efforts to bridge the intelligence gap between the traditional public sector and profit-driven institutions, according to a statement.

“Joe is a welcome addition to our Board given his passion for national security, his background in effective business management, and his experience building productive connections between the public and private sectors,” David Johnson, executive director of C4ADS, said in a statement.

Looking to the future, Johnson says the organization needs “committed, ethical leaders with a strong background in innovation, technology, and markets to create real impact. Joe will be instrumental in growing our influence and furthering our work.”

Other members of C4ADS’ Board of Directors can be found below, with descriptions provided by Catalyze Dallas.

  • Richard Wirt, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board, Intel Senior Fellow, former Vice President and General Manager of Intel Corporation’s Software and Solutions Group, former Chief Technology Officer for In-Q-Tel
  • Hon. April H. Foley, former US Ambassador to Hungary and former First Vice President of the Export Import Bank of the United States
  • Newton Howard, Ph.D., HDR, founder and first chairman of C4ADS, director of the Computational Neurosciences Lab at Oxford, the Synthetic Intelligence Lab at MIT, and professor at Georgetown University. Dr. Howard is also CEO of Ni2o, a leader in the field of brain-computer interface
  • LTG (Ret.) David P. Fridovich, retired Lieutenant General and senior Green Beret. LTG Fridovich served in the army for 37 years, including as Deputy Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command
  • John Callery, SSA, Supervisory Special Agent at the Department of Justice with over 26 years of experience in law enforcement
  • Hon. Sue Kelly, former member of Congress for 19th District of New York, served on the House Committees on Financial Services, Small Business, and Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Sergey Kanareykin, entrepreneur and technologist, and former Chief Technical Officer of C4ADS
  • John Pearce, director of business development at SOC-US with over 30 years of experience within the defense and intelligence communities

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