Harsh R Pandya

Harsh R Pandya

Social Scientist, Gaint Oak

Harsh R. Pandya is a social scientist at Giant Oak with extensive experience in developing automated, data-driven tools that evaluate and act on intelligence to counter terrorism, insurgency, and threat finance. Harsh designs and builds cutting edge artificial intelligence tools, with particular focus on financial sector security. He leads commercial technology sales and partnerships at Giant Oak.

Previously, Harsh has served as an adviser to US Government agencies on bias and censorship issues in large-scale data analysis, the use of non-traditional data sources for remote feedback from conflict zones, and network analytics for threat finance and money laundering investigations. At DARPA, he led a team of computer scientists, mathematicians, social scientists, and intelligence analysts to ISAF Headquarters in Kabul. There, he built tools to process and analyze massive structured and unstructured financial data sets to support the Afghan Threat Finance Cell. Harsh also teaches data science and political economics as an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University. Harsh volunteers the rest of his time mentoring children and young adults as Director for Youth Activities for BAPS North America. Harsh has earned an MA in Politics from NYU and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. Harsh was a PhD Candidate in Politics at NYU (ABD) before returning to the private sector.