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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Political Parties urged to embrace peace in quest for political power

Political parties have been advised to embrace peace in their quest to win political power in order not to compromise the stability of the country.

They should encourage their supporters to desist from all forms of violence irrespective of their grievances and seek redress through laid down procedures to consolidate Ghana’s enviable record as one of the peaceful countries in the sub-region.

Mr. Simon Osei Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, who gave the advice, said political parties were heading towards the same goal of improving the lives of Ghanaians, but only have different policies and programmes towards achieving it.

He was speaking at a symposium organised by the Regional Secretariat of the National Peace Council to commemorate the 2023 International Peace Day in Kumasi.

It was attended by stakeholders drawn from youth groups, the Clergy, Muslim leaders, political parties, security agencies and the media on the global theme: ‘Action for Peace: Our Ambition for the Global Goals.’

The Regional Minister said the ambition of every political party was to develop the country so it was imperative for them to join efforts with all stakeholders in the promotion of peace.

He reminded political parties that development and investment could not thrive in places where there was no peace and charged them to be strong advocates for peace as people seeking to govern the nation.

He said parties must endeavour to eschew vigilantism, which had permeated the political landscape and society, saying it was inimical to development.

‘The use of such violent inclined youthful groups has serious implications for the nation resulting in loss of lives, properties and other resources,’ he noted.

He said building and maintaining peace was a collective and shared responsibility and that it could not be achieved without collective efforts and urged the participants to be peace ambassadors in their respective places of work.

Peace and harmony, the Minister said, could never exist in an environment of hatred, adding that conflicts created instability and fear among the citizenry.

Mr Osei Mensah applauded the Regional Peace Council for its role in resolving numerous disputes in the region over the years.

Right Rev. Dr. Nuh Ben Abubekr, Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Peace Council, said the objective of the symposium was to strengthen the ideals of peace through lectures on non-violent strategies and peaceful co-existence.

He said it was imperative for people to understand that conflict was a form of tension arising from opposition actions, cause, opinions and feelings which required a lot of tolerance to overcome.

‘As the socio-political structures in the nation have failed to properly address newly arising conflicts, the necessity for new methods to promote peace in the nation is clear,’ he argued.

He said limited job opportunities, challenging economic circumstances and extremist threats were unsettling young people and stressed the need to support government initiatives to lessen dangers to peace and security.

Baffour Owusu Bediako, Paramount Chief of Domeabra, who chaired the programme, spoke about the need for the current generation to improve the peaceful and sustainable environment.

He encouraged the Electoral Commission to continue its engagement with all major stakeholders in the on-going limited voter registration to address the concerns raised to ensure a peaceful process.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Public Services Workers Union elects Greater Accra Regional Council officers

The Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) of the Trades Union Congress, at its Greater Accra Regional Delegates Conference, has elected an eleven-member Greater Accra Regional Council officers to steer the affairs of the Union in the region for a four-year term.

The officers include Mr Boakye Yiadom, Chairman; Marian Koomson, Vice Chairperson; Sena Wormakor, Vice Chairperson-Women, and Emma Amanor and Philip Sarpong, First and Second Trustees, respectively.

The rest are Millicent Nweanda, Secretary; Asiedua Patience, Youth Committee Chairperson; Richard Sedzeafia, Youth Committee Vice Chairperson; Janet Koranteng, Women’s Committee Chairperson; Leticia Lamptey, Women’s Committee Vice Chairperson, and Edith Ago Kabutey, Women’s Committee Secretary.

Mr Bernard Adjei, General Secretary, PSWU, advised the new officers to always consult and engage with their members on decisions they made to enable them to be in tune with the issues and concerns of their members.

He called on the Government to facilitate the review of the Single Spine Salary Structure to address the unfairness in remunerations.

The Government should also streamline its size and spending to conform with the current economic crisis the country faces.

‘The Government should ensure that in the middle of the economic crisis, it decisions and actions reflect the current situation we all find ourselves,’ he said.

Mr Boakye Yiadom, the Greater Accra Regional Chairperson, called on members to support the new leadership to grow the Union in the region.

He said they would always be available and ready to listen to the concerns of members to build a strong Union.

‘We would bring our experiences to bear in our new role. Together with the support of our members and the national leadership we will steer the Union to a successful path,’ he added.

The Greater Accra Regional Delegates Conference is the last of the PSWU Regional Congress to elect its leaders at the regions.

The Union elects it regional leaders every four years.

Source: Ghana News Agency

La Traditional Council retrieves 114 acres land from Ghana Military

The La Traditional Council has performed ‘traditional rites’ to signify reclamation of 114 acres of land that it has retrieved from the Ghana Military base in Accra.

The Traditional Council performed tradtional rites, (cutting the throat of a cow and sprinkled the blood on the land) to signify ownership, thank the gods as well and seek their support for development projects that would be undertaken on the land.

The 114 acres of land forms part of a 350 acres of land, which the traditional council started to reclaim from the Military some years ago.

The Government in a bid to address the matter between the traditional council and the Military, constituted a subcommittee that ruled that 114 acres of the land be released to the Council.

The remaining 236 acres were retained by the Military for development purposes.

Nii Adjei Koofeh IV, La Shikiteli, (Kingmaker) addressing the press after the ceremony, said the land was given to the colonial government by the Council in the 1940s.

He said they had acquired the land for the construction of an anti-armorial aerodrome extension for the military base in Accra.

The La Shikiteli said, however, the land had not been utilised fully for the purpose to which it was acquired by the Government, but rather some parts of it were being encroached on by some private individuals and members of the military for their personal projects.

He added that this informed their decision to commence reclamation of the land, since the occupiers neglected its acquisition.

Nii Koofeh indicated that the Council would service the retrieved land and use it for commercial and development projects for the benefits of La residents.

‘We have had bad experiences with the management of lands in the past, so, we are going to manage it well for the benefit of us all,’ he added.

Mr Jeffery Tetteh, a member of the Coalition of Associations in La, who were agitators for the return of the lands, said he wished the entire 350 acres of land were given to the Council.

He added that they would closely monitor the use of the remaining 236 acres of lands in the care of the military to ensure that they used them for national projects and not for their members’ personal use.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AngloGold Ashanti is training more women to work in the mining sector – Human Resources Manager

AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine is implementing a deliberate policy to give more women opportunity to work in the mining industry.

Ms. Adinorta Nti-Yeboah, Human Resources Manager at AngloGold Ashanti, said the mining giant would continue to train and provide opportunities for young girls to be employed as part of efforts to bridge the gender gap in the mining sector.

She was speaking at an induction ceremony for 25 new graduates selected for the AngloGold graduate trainee programme at Obuasi.

The trainee mentorship programme offers opportunities for graduate students to undergo training in the mining firm.

Fifty percent of the students inducted this year, were female and this, according to Ms Nti-Yeboah, was part of AngloGold’s efforts to change the narrative and give women more opportunities to work in the mining sector.

‘It is instructive to note that in the mining sector, female representation is less than 13 per cent.

However, AngloGold Ashanti wants to change this narrative by giving opportunities to more women to contribute to the mining industry, she stated.

The ceremony also saw nine young graduates passed out after a successful full year training.

Ms Nti-Yeboah said the company was excited about how the graduate trainee programme was turning the beneficiaries into promising professionals with huge prospects in the mining sector.

She said the graduate training was one of the flagship programmes of AngloGold Ashanti, intended to build the capacity of newly graduated students from the various universities in the country.

Ms Nti-Yeboah said after a rigorous recruitment exercise, the selected ones were taken through various forms of training, including on the job training, leadership training to ensure that they were equipped with the skills to be successful in the mining industry.

‘As part of the programme, the trainees are tasked to undertake initiatives that seek to provide business solutions, and ensure improvement in cost efficiency, safety, and operational efficiencies’.

Ms. Nti-Yeboah urged companies, especially those in the extractive industry, to roll out more internship programmes to offer hands-on experience to students.

This, according her, would bridge the gap between academia and industry.

Hajiah Hammidu, a beneficiary of the programme, who had secured a permanent employment, commended AngloGold Ashanti for the programme.

She said the training had equipped her with on the field experience needed to build a successful career in the mining sector.

Ms. Hammidu said the training boosted her confidence level as a female and inculcated into her the benefit of team work.

She asked the newly admitted trainees to take the training seriously since the experience gained would position them to get a job in the mining sector.

Nana Adom Frimpong, the overall best graduate trainee, attributed his success to a prolonged period of hard work and determination.

He also lauded Anglogold Ashanti for the training programme, which he described as very impactful.

‘The hands-on experience is essential for graduates by putting them in a pole position to land a job’, he stated.

He said for graduate to make impact on the job market, it was incumbent on them to have practical experience to complement what they had been taught in school.

Mr Frimpong again appealed to educational stakeholders to also focus on skills needed for the job market.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Results from drivers’ demo: Amansie West District Assembly to grade deplorable roads soon

The Amansie-West district assembly will in the next two weeks begin to grade the severely deplorable road network in the area.

The interim measure, according to Nii Lartey Ollenu, the District Chief Executive (DCE), was to help ease the burden drivers and travelers in the area go through daily in moving from one community to another.

The road network in the district is in such a deplorable condition that armed robbers have been harassing drivers and passengers on the roads every day, some resulting in fatalities.

Drivers from the various transport unions operating in the area, on Monday, September 18, staged a demonstration and withdrew their services for three days.

This prompted an emergency meeting by the assembly with members of the area’s driver unions.

Main roads linking major communities such as Antoakrom, Akropong, Mmim Nkwanta, Yawkrom, Manso-Nkwanta and others have developed deep gullies, which, according to the drivers, needed urgent attention.

Mr Ollernu informed the drivers that some of the roads such as the one stretching from Anwiankwanta-Mmim junction, through to the adjoining Amansie South District, had been awarded on contract and the constructions works had already started from the Datano portion of the road.

He said Antoakrom-Pakyi number two, had been classified as critical access road and the Government was working on all the necessary documentations for it to be awarded on contract.

Mr Benjamin Frimpong, spokesperson for the drivers at the meeting, said it was disheartening for drivers and passengers to travel on roads in the area.

He said aside frequent breakdown of vehicles, armed robbers had also taken over the road and robbing passengers every day due to the bad nature of the roads and called for urgent attention.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Winner-takes-all provisions of 1992 Constitution should be reviewed – Prof Ajei

Professor Martin Odei Ajei, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana, has supported the call for a review of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.

He argued that some elements of the Constitution, particularly Article 50, entrenched the mentality of ‘winner-takes-all’ and did not match with the ethical and legal norms of nation building.

‘Whenever there is a need for constitutional review, we should consider that we have a constitution that speaks with the principles and lives of Ghanaians.

‘It should reflect a form of consensual democracy that is better situated with our social settings and ideas about government,’ he stressed.

Professor Ajei made the call at the annual Ephraim Amu Memorial Lecture organised by the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in Accra.

He was speaking on the topic, ‘The Ethics of Nation-Building: Perspectives from the Legon Tradition of Philosophy.’

Prof Ajei said articles of the Constitution should contain moral and ethical ideals aimed at the common good of Ghanaians.

The rules governing those provisions should be based on the historical and cultural philosophical perspectives on human welfare and fellowship.

Prof. Ajei described nation-building as an intentional effort that brought people together to support a shared vision and aim.

He stated that nation building, which required transformative leadership and responsible citizenship, was a political and moral imperative.

‘Political because of the aspiration to forge a political unit whose citizens think, act and live in unified pursuit of demarcated ideals – in the case of Ghana – of the ideals of freedom and justice.

‘And moral because the ideals such as freedom and justice are moral, in as much as they seek to ensure the harmonious coexistence of Ghanaians; as well as their survival, interests and welfare,’ he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Asia Pacific View’s ‘Skill-Show’ by Foreign Bloggers at Vocational Skills Competition of the People’s Republic of China in Tianjin

How do HSR drivers in China drive trains? How are containers loaded and unloaded at the port? How many technical professionals are there in China? Three bloggers, Kevin, Lily, and Daria, transformed into skilled talents and experienced a variety of unique occupations in China at the Second Vocational Skills Competition of the People’s Republic of China in Tianjin.

A total of 109 disciplines have been set up in this vocational skills competition, with a total of 4,045 competitors from all over China participating. They are selected from more than 100,000 participants. Among them, there are experienced ‘masters’ and young ‘craftsmen’ who are eager to create a new peak in their vocational skills.

In addition to traditional disciplines such as aircraft, automobile maintenance, tea art, baking, carpentry, and gardening, the competition also added new disciplines in digital technology skills, such as intelligent manufacturing engineering technology, IC engineering technology, AI engineering technology, VR engineering technology, and others related to new technologies and new occupations. The competition was fierce, and the players have all showed their mastery. The three bloggers at the competition

praised the strong professional skills of Chinese craftsmen. Daria believes that the rapid development of China’s manufacturing industry is inseparable from these craftsmen. She is particularly optimistic about the future development of China’s vocational education, and hopes that more young people will become Talents with excellent vocational skills.

After four days of intense contest, 393 players from various provinces and cities in China won gold, silver and bronze medals in the competition. There were 62 disciplines as the qualification disciplines for the World Skills Competition. The winners will represent China in the 47th World Skills Competition to be held in Lyon, France in September next year. They will compete with global skilled talents and once again

demonstrate the high level of professional and technological development in China.

Source: Ghana News Agency