About Ox

Born Out of Need

Ox Intel was born within the Hacking 4 Ministry of Defence program, which connects the department of War Studies at King’s College London with decision-makers from the Ministry of Defence.

Based in the US, Ox Intel works with senior stakeholders across the US and UK intelligence communities to design, develop, and deploy our technology.



Cofounder & CEO

Lila is an experienced intelligence professional and a champion of integrating technology into analytical disciplines. With a background in both cyber and physical threat intelligence, Lila provides advisory services to a large US municipality and has held a variety of intelligence production roles at Capital One, Flashpoint, and The Soufan Group.

Lila earned a Master’s degree with distinction in Intelligence & International Security from King’s College London and a Bachelor’s in History from Yale.

Steven Skoczen

Head of Engineering

Steven is an experienced startup founder, CTO, and developer, with over 20 years in programming and full-stack development. He’s created over a dozen open-source libraries and has led and grown teams at startups, established firms, academia, and large governmental organizations. 

Steven earned a Bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University.

Naren Chaudhry

full-stack engineer

Naren is a software and biomedical engineer with extensive experience tackling defense innovation problems. Naren provided national security and engineering expertise to Congressman Tim Ryan as a technology legislative assistant, ran the manufacturing caucus focused on infrastructure and domestic supply chains and manufacturing, and worked for Techstars where he advised and assisted in growth and business development for the portfolio companies.

Naren earned a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University and a Bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Advisory Board

Martin Petersen

Martin Petersen spent 33 years with the CIA, retiring in February 2005 as Deputy Executive Director and Acting Executive Director. In the course of his agency career, he ran two large analytic units before becoming Associate Deputy Director of Intelligence for Strategic Plans and Programs, the first Chief Human Resources Officer for CIA, and Deputy Executive Director. He also contributed substantially to the creation of the CIA’s Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis. He has written extensively on analytic tradecraft and support to decision makers. During his CIA Career, Mr. Petersen received numerous honors and awards including the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.

Sarah Sewall

Sarah Sewall is Executive Vice President for Policy at In-Q-Tel, a strategic investor for the national security community. Dr. Sewall served as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, responsible for issues ranging from counterterrorism to refugees, from 2014-2017. Before joining the Pentagon, she served for six years as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. Dr. Sewall served on the Defense Policy Board under Defense Secretaries Gates and Hagel and is currently a board member of the Center for Naval Analyses and Creative Associates. She graduated from Harvard College and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where she received her doctorate.

Christopher Taylor

A global business leader and entrepreneur, Chris Taylor was most recently the CEO of Govini, a commercial data and analytics company focused on transforming the business of government through data science. He is the Senior Advisor to the Managing Director of the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) at the Pentagon. Chris previously founded Novitas Group, a tech startup that used a unique talent-opportunity matching technology platform to aid veterans in their search for meaningful employment in the communities of their choice. Chris spent 14 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted infantryman and Force Recon Marine. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, where he earned a MPA degree in Political Economy and International Security.

Kristin Wood

During her 20 years at CIA, Kristin Wood served across the Agency in the Director’s area and three Agency directorates – analysis, operations, and digital innovation – leading a wide variety of the Agency’s missions related to the Middle East, counter-terrorism, and open source technologies. Her post-Agency work focuses on advising start-ups tackling big data problems. She is the President of Lumos Consulting, LLC, a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and serves on the Advisory Board for the International Spy Museum.

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