Mr. Ushaia Kappen serves as Team Lead at Red Five. He has 5 years of intelligence, research, and investigations experience for private companies and research institutes. Since January 2019, Mr. Kappen served in a variety of positions supporting projects for Red Five Security Consulting and Privacy Labs. In his current role as a Team Lead he manages and supports a team of analysts dedicated to projects related to corporate and private security dealing with physical and online threat assessments.
Prior to joining Red Five, Mr. Kappen worked as Business Development Intern for Praescient Analytics, a data analytics firm composed of domain experts & savvy technologists dedicated to intelligence, investigations, and counter-fraud dealing with large data sets.
His earlier experience as a Research Assistant for the Reiss Center on Law and Security works to address emerging national security challenges through research and public dialogue about national security law and policy issues and informs the policy-making process by engaging key stakeholders. He provided key research support for the joint publication with the Center for a New American Security, “Terrorist Use of Virtual Currencies: Containing the Potential Threat” (2017).
Mr. Kappen graduated from Georgetown University with an MA from the Walsh School of Foreign Service and New York University with a BA in Politics.
In 2020 Mr. Kappen was selected by his peers for the Red Five Order of the Howling Commando Award, which highlights an employee who regularly goes above and beyond in their efforts to help others, by supporting the team, demonstrating reliability, and volunteering for special missions and projects. They flex their superpowers for the good of their teammates and Red Five.
He was also selected by his peers for the Red Five Order of the Jedi Galactic Gratitude Award, which highlights an employee who regularly expends time, energy, brain power and goes beyond the distance to get the task completed on time and in line with Red Five’s 5 tenets of delivery.
In 2017 Mr. Kappen was selected to study abroad through the US State Department’s program, Critical Language Scholarship, in Morocco.