With a degree in Earth Sciences, management consulting might not be the first thing to come to mind. It’s still what Amar Sitabi chose to do about nine months ago. His position as Data Science consultant allows him to fully apply himself to his passion for data science and strategy. He is also committed to sustainability, diversity and inclusion at Capgemini.
I grew up in Almere with a Surinamese background. It was very difficult for me to choose a study programme as I’m basically interested in everything. I eventually chose a Bachelor’s programme in Earth Sciences as it’s a great combination of physics, chemistry and geography. It’s also a great combination of theory and practice. The nice thing about this programme is that it allowed me to travel a lot. I went on an exchange to Albuquerque in New Mexico for example, where I worked as a Geospatial analyst, a consultant on (geo)spatial data. This was the first time that I lived, worked and studied abroad for an extended period of time. After that, I did a Master’s in Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich.
The question that’s important to me is: ‘so what?’ I didn’t feel like I could answer that question in the academic world. It’s very hierarchical and publication-oriented. I also like variation and I’d like to have an impact. I got a taste of many different topics during my Master’s programme including civil engineering, data science and strategy. I discovered that I find those last two topics extremely interesting. I’ve been very lucky; we work with both in my current team. I now work as a management consultant in data science and strategy within the Business Data Strategy team at Capgemini Invent NL. This position allows me to answer that ‘so what question’ with confidence now.
In short, we translate data to something of value for the customer. We do this by making hypotheses and by using tools to gain insights from data. We then help the customer to take concrete follow-up steps. For example, I helped a financial services company with their vision, strategy and architecture for data and analytics on an international scale. A project where we used defined KPIs to create a management dashboard for guiding decision making is another example. My favourite project? I like them all as long as they’re challenging. I especially enjoy projects in an international setting with a diverse project team where data science and strategy can be combined.
The varied projects, tasks, areas of expertise, colleagues and nationalities. It’s really great to see all that expertise coming together. If you’re not working on a customer project, you’re on the so-called bench. From there, you can support other consultants, develop yourself and contribute to sales. I’m involved with an initiative for sustainability in this way. I also advocate for diversity and inclusion, both at Capgemini Netherlands and specifically at Invent.
I always enjoy working on initiatives that I see popping up. I can always share the ideas that I have with someone. Or tackle them together. You have that freedom here. Within Invent, you also have the opportunity to follow all kinds of training which is great for your development as a consultant. Together with your manager, you draw up a personal development plan. You discuss your ambitions, in which area’s you’d like to grow, what feedback you’ve received and how you’d like to implement it.
At Invent, we want to create awareness, inspire and contribute to broadening the perspective of our colleagues regarding diversity and inclusion. I’m also involved with the culture and religion network that’s active across Capgemini. Together with a few motivated colleagues, we’ve taken great strides regarding diversity and inclusion, leading to the CEO of Capgemini Netherlands signing the diversity charter. This means that we’re all commited to meeting certain ambitions, goals and challenges. The diversity and inclusion community has defined three challenges. The first is about insights and action, so measurement is key. The second is about ensuring a culture of openness. The last one is about digital inclusion. Here, we focus on the role we as a business have in society.
Are you passionate about Data Science and would you like to know more about the Insight-Driven Enterprise team? Have a look at this vacancy and maybe you’ll become our new colleague!