A true passion for Data | Geofrey K. | Data Scientist

Data Scientist with a passion for community and giving back. We’re happy to introduce you to a member of our freelancer community Geofrey, from Nairobi, Kenya. He shared: “I won’t feel offended if you call me “Jeff” or “Geoff”.

His expertise includes data analysis and interpretation, and the development and implementation of research tools, project design and management, and data modeling in Python. He really enjoys generating new ideas and devising feasible solutions to broadly relevant problems. 

He is also a Microsoft data platform and Power BI expert who empowers C-Suite executives by radically improving data analytics, planning, and AI processes across the enterprise. ​He likes to define his service:

With passion and experience, I deliver world-class, measurable outcomes via strategy, consulting, advising, and programs.

His expertise is one of the most requested in the market lately: according to an analysis by Future Learn, “the role of data scientist is one of the most in-demand jobs in both the UK and the US. The role appeared on LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Job Report in both countries, featuring at number 3 in the US and number 7 in the UK. In the US, the role saw a 37% annual growth“. 

We had a chat with him to get some insights into his professional life and his interests. Follow us!

Geofrey, what is your area of expertise?

I’m Graduated in Computer Science and took a deep dive in Data Science. After graduating from Computer Science, everyone was all about Software Engineering. I decided to take a different path, to stand out from my peers to become a Data Scientist.

How did you become a freelance data scientist?

In the beginning, I landed a job in a start-up, then covid happened and I got laid off. Hence, I started to feel like my hard-earned data analytics skills and knowledge were almost getting underutilized. After discussing with a few friends, they encouraged me to join online freelance. It was hectic at first, but not anymore when I joined Work for Impact. 

What do you enjoy the most about being a freelancer? 

I enjoy freelancing mainly for two reasons: first, the flexibility offered, and second, of course, the pay (which is at a Global-scale). With freelance work, you get to be in the office when you have tasks on your plate, unlike in the past where I was always required to sign in with or without tasks around. Freelance gives you that feeling of freedom at work.

What do you do in your freetime?

I love working on my “body goals”, for example, abs and the six-pack. Who does not want to be attractive? I also enjoy Netflixing and chilling with friends.

What are your goals? (Also not professionally speaking)

Undoubtedly, I want to have an impact on my community. I’d love to become an entrepreneur who trains youths in data science skills, which later will give them a chance to work on jobs that are globally recognized. I’d really love to have a life of impact on people around me.

What makes you feel you’re contributing to a better world?

Volunteering in community projects makes me feel like I am contributing to the world impactfully. Therefore, a few months ago, I joined Catchafire, a community where your skills are needed by nonprofit organizations. In particular, you apply for a volunteer project to make a big impact on these organizations, by giving views and necessary corrections to the technical projects.

Favourite organization, and why?

Unquestionably my best organization right now is ALX-Africa. The technical education offered by ALX- has personally touched my growth and development. I can’t thank them enough. 

Do you want to connect?

If you want to know more and you need support with data, connect with Geofrey at Work for Impact. If you want to share your story as a freelancer, you can reach us at community@workforimpact.com.

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