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Asna Tungekar

Business Intelligence Specialist, Odetta Inc.

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Don't let anything hold you back, the biggest obstacle is in our minds and its fear.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am a BI specialist, I work with businesses or clients who are interested in generating insights from data generated through their daily operations. I help businesses build a BI strategy, help them uncover insights that aid in strategic decision making or help in building a data reporting process that includes the use of BI software such as PowerBI and Tableau

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I completed my masters in genetics and worked as a statistical analyst for a bioinformatics startup. I first authored a research publication that led to the development of a novel tool for esophageal cancer that would help improve research process and methodology for scientists in that field. I love everything to do with numbers and uncovering hidden patterns and trends that almost always tell a story, therefore I pursued a second masters in operations and entered the field of business analytics and business intelligence.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

I wish I could tell my younger self that setting up your own business or startup is not an unachievable dream. I am now focusing on launching my own analytics and data science consulting service for scientists and clinicians.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I love science from the day I was introduced to it, and I love working in STEM because it gives me the opportunity to contribute to the community and give back to society

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Don't let anything hold you back, the biggest obstacle is in our minds and its fear. If you can overcome your fear, you can do anything. For me, it's always been a fear of not being good enough at what I do, and I've learnt to overcome it.

INSPO / FUN FACT

"Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine" - Alan Turing