The Data School Team

Currently in Training DSAU4

Alex Chan

Alex has a background in Engineering, having attained a Bachelor’s degree in Renewable Energy Engineering, as well as a PhD for his work on solar cells. He enjoyed analysing research data, but did not want to pursue an academic career. Drawn by the analytic potential of Tableau and Alteryx, he applied to the Data School. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing real-time strategy games and planning his next travel.

Chantel Brooke

After graduating with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons), Chantel spent several years working as a Logging-While-Drilling Engineer on oil and gas rigs. After then travelling the world for a couple of years she decided to return to Australia and discovered the world of data analytics. She loves being able to apply her knack for problem solving to discover stories in data. In her spare time Chantel loves travelling, indoor rock climbing and hiking.

Danica Hui

Danica graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) from University of New South Wales. During her work on her thesis she realized her passion for data visualization and loved how it can transform confusing data to easily make sense to people. In her spare time she enjoys dabbling in baking and working on craft projects.

Hayley Rixon

Hayley got exposed to statistics and data analysis while studying Psychology at Macquarie University. During her studies she realised her passion for data. She stumbled across the Data School while looking for graduate positions and decided to apply. During the application process she fell in love with data visualisation and Tableau and spent lots of hours and sleepless nights to improve her visualization. She prefers to spend her spare time with her daughter and family. She enjoys being in nature and walking on Sydney’s gorgeous beaches.

Iram Javed

Iram has a Masters of Computer Applications, and established a career in software development and quality assurance – where she enjoyed a focus on data analysis. After moving to Sydney, she heard about the Data School, and quickly became hooked on Tableau whilst completing a whole bunch of Makeover Monday challenges. This led her to successfully applying to be a part of the DSAU4 cohort. In her spare time, Iram enjoys yoga and shopping and loves to keep studying and learning.

Laszlo Dobiasz

Laszlo moved to Australia from Hungary with his family in 2012. He has lots of business experience as he has started and grown many of his own businesses. Laszlo came across the data school while looking for business analyst jobs, he was immediately attracted to both the idea behind the school and the application process. In his spare time, he enjoys computer programming and computer gaming, particularly World of Warcraft. He also enjoys spending time in nature.

Sachin Wijeratne

While studying towards a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at UNSW, Sachin enjoyed the statistical component of the course. This prompted him to search for opportunites in the data analytics industry, and he was attracted to The Data School by the creative potential of Tableau to visualise data in countless ways. In his free time, Sachin enjoys following a wide range of sports, including cricket, basketball, soccer and American football.

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Alex Simpson

After graduating with a Masters in Chemistry from Cardiff University, Alex worked as a Product Developer in the consumer goods sector, utilising data to generate insights and drive product design and validation decisions. Upon relocating to Sydney in September 2018, Alex was captivated by the refreshing application process for the Data School and the power of Tableau. To Alex, the Data School is an opportunity to unlock the capabilities of Tableau and Alteryx and develop his consultancy skills.

David Ruhnau

Studying at the University of Technology Sydney exposed David to Data Analysis. Through one particular course, he managed to make a theory about some lost metadata and has been entranced by the power of Data Analysis ever since. Having some past Tableau experience as part of an internship, David saw the Data School as a way to refine his knowledge of the product into a suite of skills built on it. David enjoys both videogames and Tabletop RPGs in his spare time, which his long train trips to and from the Data School give him plenty of.

Grace Murphy

Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Biotechnology (Hons) from the University of Newcastle in 2014. During her PhD she realised that the best thing about doing research was crunching data and building a story with it.  Aiming to work in data consulting rather than biological sciences, she came across The Data School Down Under and had to apply. Away from the computer Grace enjoys cats, drawing and British TV sitcoms.

Jonathan Waerner

Jonathan graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics. When looking for graduate positions but not quite ready to stop learning, he thought the Data School was too good to be true. Jonathan’s passion for data sparked discovering vlookup and is excited to find this is just the tip of the iceberg!  Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys playing soccer, cooking up a storm, and spending time with his family and friends.

Parul Kapoor

Parul is Masters in Mathematics with passion in Statistics. She likes to play with numbers and solve puzzles.  She began her career in education by teaching high school students. One of her friends introduced her to Tableau and that changed her professional life forever. She got inspired by power of data. A bit of self-study and guidance from others, led her to DSAU3. She likes to start her day with yoga and jogging. In her leisure time she likes to cook and spend time with her family.

Ricardo Santos

Ricardo studied Civil Engineering in his hometown of Lisbon, Portugal mostly because of his passion for urban planning and transportation systems. During the course, he first came in contact with some basic data analysis techniques and that’s when he first realised the power of data. After moving to Sydney in October 2018, he eventually found out about Tableau and The Data School when looking for new job opportunities. In his spare, time Ricardo is likely to be found reading or exploring Sydney’s amazing coastal walks.

Shuchita Sharma

Shuchita has a post-graduate degree in Environmental Science. While looking for alternate career options, after having taught high school students for five years, she was drawn to the ability of data visualization and effective communication through storytelling.  It was during this period that she heard about The Data School Down Under and it seemed the perfect way forward. Outside of data, Shuchita likes spending time with family, bushwalking and exploring the outdoors.

Varun Varma

Varun completed his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Technology, Sydney.  While working as a Call Centre Analyst, he enjoyed working on data to derive insights. Consequently started learning Tableau, this is when he stumbled upon Data School Down Under. Over the weekend, Varun can be often found at one of the bush trails around Sydney.


Andrew Banh

Andrew graduated from the University of Sydney with a double degree in Commerce and Science. His love of data drew him to The Data School where he can apply his diverse skillset to make business decisions which are driven by data. Joining DSAU2 seemed like the logical step for Andrew. While he isn’t developing attractive Tableau viz’s, he juggles bouldering, cooking and taking weekend trips down to Perisher when it gets colder.

Alekh Srivastava

While doing Commerce (Business Analytics) at the University of Sydney, Alekh discovered his interest in all things related to data. It was from there that he stumbled upon the Data School Down Under and decided to invest in dozens of hours of Tableau for his application. While working on it, he became more confident with the software and knew the addition of data analysis with visual analytics was the path he wanted to go down. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, watching MMA and reading all types of news.

Blake Stroh

Blake studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Wollongong and has developed an appreciation for all things data while working as a database administrator. While traveling abroad in the UK, Blake encountered The Data School and discovered that The Data School has launched Down Under. While he isn’t leveraging advanced analytics in Alteryx, Blake loves nothing more than travelling but while he’s home, he will be surfing at Sydney’s beautiful beaches.

Atule Sheorn

Successfully completing a MBA from Macquarie University and having worked in TAFE NSW as a PMO Financial Advisor, Atule is passionate about learning data from the best and practical experiences. When not busy working away on Alteryx Designer and Tableau, Atule can be found taking long drives. His hobbies also include running marathons and playing cricket.

Alice Rooney

Alice Rooney graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in statistics. Her passion for working with and understanding data led her to The Data School Down under. In her spare time she enjoying baking sweets, traveling and reading mystery murder novels.

Pris Lam

Pris Lam completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Sydney. Bringing to the table working experience in operations and as a Millennial/Gen Z focused trainer, Pris is fascinated by data driven decision and engaging storytelling.
It was in the UK that Pris met a graduate of The Data School UK and decided to continue her data journey with The Data School Down Under. Outside of data, Pris loves travelling, collecting instruments from around the world, and watching documentaries.


Mohammed Hemayed

Mohammed has an Economics and Business Analytics background. It’s at Uni where he first encountered the world of data. His masters thesis involved digital marketing data analytics using Tableau and it quickly became one of his favourite topics to research. He was lucky enough to have great mentor who even further inspired him to pursue data related career. Apart from Tableau he likes programming using his favourite language – Python as well as cheering for Liverpool.

Meera Vijayan

Meera has a solid background in IT and Computer Science, but it was her friend who introduced her to Tableau. When Meera is not designing dashboards in Tableau, she likes to make Indian inspired desserts, and spends most of her free time with her family and friends. Her passion for making data driven decisions led her to the Data School.

Leigh Morrell

Leigh graduated from the University of New South Wales with a double degree in Asian studies and Microbiology. Following an honours degree in virology, he got a taste for the power of data in the real world. This instilled a passion for data and what it can achieve, leading him on the path to DSAU1! Outside of data, Leigh enjoys cooking, ultimate frisbee, and the outdoors.

Rajan Nepal

Rajan completed his master’s degree in operations engineering and engineering management from University of Technology Sydney. While looking for a career path, he came across The Data School Down Under. He soon realised his passion for data visualisation and knew a career in data analytics was for him. His hobbies include exploring nature and playing football. He is a big fan of Liverpool FC. YNWA!

Jonathon Cavalieri

Jonathon studied Electronic and Communications Engineering at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Jonathon came across the Data School while looking for graduate positions that combine his passion for both data analytics and life-long learning. Having never used Tableau or Alteryx before, he quickly familiarised himself with the tools and was astounded at the flexibility and responsiveness the tools had in developing solutions to problems big and small.

Jasna Dishlieska Mitova

Jasna is a Psychology graduate with a passion for statistics, sweets, and adventuring. Following an international career in Human Resources, Jasna’s educational background has drawn her back to the familiar world of data and numbers as a member of DSAU1. Her photography hobby lends a strength in design, her education a rigor in thinking, and her passion for data a creativity to round it all out – Jasna is keen to start her journey with data!

Babita Dalal

After completing a master’s in philosophy, Babita began her career in Education and Business Administration but decided to pursue her passion for data. After discovering Tableau on the recommendation of a friend she has never looked back. A few months of self-study later, Babita is a proud member of DSAU1 where she is well on the way to mastering data visualisation to generate insights. Away from work, Babita likes cooking and travelling.

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The Data School Down Under has now launched in Australia. Check out the stories of our students from The Data School UK here.