Hazem Dawani

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Hazem Dawani
Hazem Photo.jpg
Occupation CEO
Employer Predata
Location Chicago
Website www.predata.com

Hazem Dawani is the chief executive officer of Predata, a predictive analytics platform. He joined the company in that role in February 2018.[1] He was previously the president & CEO of OptionsCity, which he founded, along with Victor Glava, in 2006.[2] He had a leading role in building the trading system architecture, its market making engine and interface.[3]

OptionsCity was acquired in June 2017 by Vela Trading Systems. Following the acquisition, Dawani joined Vela as chief product officer.


Earlier, Dawani worked as a director in the software department at Chicago Trading Company (CTC), where he had a leading role in designing and building the main electronic trading and market making engine and interface. That system led to the company's swift growth in electronic trading revenue.[4]

Dawani also had a role in the creation of a software development process with the implementation of a support process and a management control system.


Dawani grew up in Jordan and moved to Chicago to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he received a BA in computer science and was a scholar in the IIT Leadership Academy.


In December of 2012, Dawani was named in the Crain’s Chicago Business 2012 “40 under 40” list. The publication honors influential up-and-comers with this award, specifically recognizing Chicago professionals who have made a significant impact in their respective fields before age 40.

He was honored on June 24, 2019 with Illinois Tech's Emerging Leader Award at IIT's Tech-X Awards Dinner.[5]


  • JLN Options - November 3, 2010[6]


  1. Predata Appoints Hazem Dawani CEO. Predata.
  2. Trading Software Firm to be Acquired. Crain's Chicago Business.
  3. OptionsCity Introduces OptionsCity Metro. Automated Trader.
  4. OptionsCity Management. OptionsCity.
  5. Tech-X Lights Up Former Chicago Trading Floor with Awards to Sandner and Dawani. John Lothian News.
  6. An Interview with Hazem Dawani, OptionsCity CEO. John Lothian News.