Falguni Sanghani, senior data analyst for iJET International, is one of those people bursting with enthusiasm -- in her case, about data. Her passion comes out as much in casual conversation as it does in career history. Forget the money: She's followed the data.
Falguni Sanghani, iJET
Sanghani has zigzagged across the world on her data journey -- perhaps making it only fitting that she landed at a company providing risk management for travelers. Born in Kenya and raised there and in Uganda, Sanghani went to school in India, where she received a Master's in computer applications. Returning to Uganda, she became a business manager and began working with procurement data. About a dozen years ago, she took a job as data manager charged with working on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
(NHANES) sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That brought her to the US.
Working on NHANES had Sanghani on a perpetual road trip -- 24/7, 365 days of the year, she says. "That's when I really started working on data and became intrigued with it."
She found her passion, borne by data's constant change. "It's not boring. You have to analyze constantly and revisit again and again. That's why I love data."
As much as Sanghani learned to love data while working on the NHANES project, she eventually began to feel hamstrung by her role on it. She collected the data, but wasn't really involved beyond that. "I wanted to be deep down in the data -- kneading it, messing around with it, analyzing it."
With her data desires unmet on the NHANES project, Sanghani said she began scouting around for a new job. She landed at iJET, in Annapolis, Md., as a data analyst. She joined the company seven years ago, since becoming senior data analyst. And the company itself is much matured, thanks in large part to her data governance efforts.
"We became a data company."
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