Accenture

PROUD SILVER PARTNER OF WOMEN IN DATA UK 2018

Why we’ve partnered with WiD UK 2018?

Inclusion and diversity are core threads which run through our culture at Accenture. It’s also our belief that a data-native mindset is key to driving disruption. It is with these things in mind, we are pleased and proud to partner with WiD 2018. Getting the most out of data means getting the most out of all the talented minds we have at our disposal.

Through our end-to-end approach, we embed analytics into the fabric of our clients’ business to create new intelligence and unlock trapped value at unprecedented speed and scale. Powered by new data, new science and new technology, we work with clients to drive digital transformation at the core of their business, delivering cost efficiencies and new revenue growth now. We call this Applied Intelligence.

Spotlight on Zuzanna Blaszczak

Name: Zuzanna Blaszczak
Job Title: Data Science Consultant

Digital Analytics is all about using data to support our clients – whether that’s improving their products or services, or generating insights to enhance decision-making. I’m on the Data Science side of Analytics. We apply state-of-the-art algorithms and machine learning to huge data sets to solve complex business problems. This combination allows us to move away from describing the world as it is to predicting what will happen in the future. Data Science relies on technology – and since Accenture is an undisputed technology leader, it is the place to be.

I really enjoy writing code and solving problems. I’m constantly using my brain, thinking about things others haven’t thought of, trying to answer previously unanswered questions – or researching those that have been answered. I’ve been at Accenture for around a year, and my confidence has really grown in that time. I was joining a huge global company – could I add value? How would I hold my own against so many super-smart people? But I’ve had so much encouragement and positive feedback that I can now speak confidently with clients and I’m not afraid to offer my opinions. Nor has being part of a traditionally male world been an issue as I’m surrounded by so many like-minded women.

I’ve thrown myself into community activities too, taking part in hackathons and specialist events for young people, trying to get them thinking about how data is used in everyday life.

There’s still so much to explore in areas such as machine learning and AI, and that suits me to a tee. What motivates me most is learning new things and stretching myself. I enjoy rock climbing and bouldering – every time I go to the bouldering gym, there’s another challenge to solve. I’m also into golf; it’s not the most popular sport in my native Poland, which was reason enough for me to give it a go. I suppose that’s the kind of person I am!

Spotlight on Athina Kanioura

Name: Athina Kanioura
Job Title: Global Data Science Lead
Expertise: Specialist in applied statistics and machine learning; focuses include personalization; customer analytics and pricing
Education: BSc in Economics and Shipping; MSc in Economics and Finance; PhD in Macroeconomics and Econometrics

Athina Kanioura is Accenture’s Global Data Science Lead. She comes to us a with a wealth of knowledge and insight which she has amassed over an impressive career, both in academia and business. Her specialism is in applied statistics and machine learning. Athina’s 12 years’ practical experience have seen her focus her expertise on a wide range of areas, including personalization; customer analytics; pricing; omnichannel optimization; enhancing marketing and communication effectiveness and content optimization. She adds enormous value to our own capabilities from a career which has encompassed innovation in sectors ranging from Telecommunications, Hi-tech industries and Life Sciences to FMCG, Financial Services and Resources.

Spotlight on Ana Madrid

Name: Ana Madrid
Job Title: Senior Manager

As it happens, my name is ‘Madrid’ and this is also where I come from. I could never have imagined as a child doing what I do now; living and working in London especially. Before joining Accenture, I worked at Deloitte. This was after having studied economics in Spain, with an emphasis on econometrics.

As far as I’m concerned, being a data-driven organization is the only way to be. Data Analytics and Big Data is already shaping what we do and, as we are focused on and committed to generating great results for our clients, I can only see it becoming increasingly important to our work in future. Data is a crucial part of what we do here. It also helps us to build the credentials we need to evidence our capabilities.

Diversity will also continue to play a key role. Data gives us a new perspective on how we approach our client’s issues; it therefore makes sense that we embrace as many different perspectives on what that data is capable of.

In my current role, I create new Artificial Intelligence products. It involves a great deal of stakeholder management and lots of difficult technical decisions which, in turn, means you can usually find me in meetings. This reflects the collaborative approach we take to work at Accenture. I’m looking forward to more exciting times ahead. The next big thing on my professional horizon is exploring the scalability of AI.

My inspiration is Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She was more concerned with reading and doing what she saw as morally right than with social status. These values and this approach to life I like to reflect in my own.

In terms of my future, I’d like to be able to help others to grow. I believe very much in persevering personally but also giving others the opportunities they need to release their potential. I’d like to see a world where we have more equal rights. This means leveraging diversity to achieve this. People are what make Accenture special; they make working here special too. I’m proud to be part of what we achieve together as a business.

About Accenture

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