In our #InsideAT series we regularly present new employees. Today it's Ali Ahmad's turn. Ali starts with us as a Senior Data Scientist - in this interview he tells us what drove him to join, what his background is and how he likes to spend his life outside of work.
What position will you take on at AT?
At AT, I will take on the position of Senior Data Scientist from July 2021.
How did you become aware of AT?
I came across AT through friends of mine. They had already got to know AT in earlier projects and had only good things to say about AT.
Why did you choose AT?
As I have been interested in Data Science for a long time, a consultancy with a focus on Data and AI is exactly what I am looking for.
What are you looking forward to the most?
I'm most looking forward to projects in the field of data and AI and to further deepening familiar technologies and constantly learning new skills.
What did you do before?
Before joining AT, I spent four years as a business analyst at Capgemini, where I gained a lot of project experience in the areas of BI and DWH. In addition to my projects, I have already worked with the development of machine learning models.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and grew up in the student town of Gießen in central Hesse. A city that is beautiful in its own way, even if many let the cityscape cloud their minds ?
What do you do in your spare time?
In my free time, I do various sports such as calisthenics or weight training. But most of all, I like to meet up with friends to do things together, go out for a meal or just have a relaxed chat. I often visit friends in other cities for the weekend or invite them to stay with us for the weekend.
What has been your favourite travel destination so far and where would you definitely like to go?
Fortunately, I have already been able to travel to a few countries. However, Thailand remains a special destination, especially Bangkok. That's because I studied there for a while and fell in love with the city, despite rush hour, heat and noise. The city always has something to offer, is exciting and the people always have a smile on their face. I'm also attracted by the many night markets, the warm weather and, of course, the wide range of food options.
What was your dream job as a child?
I used to want to be a director, which is why I also have a background in media design with a focus on videos and animation. At some point, however, I had to admit that working with data suits me more and I even enjoy it a bit more.
What is your favourite film / series?
Fight Club by David Fincher is definitely one of my favourite films. I love films with an "aha effect" and Fight Club definitely has that. You should definitely watch the film at least twice; unfortunately, I can't tell you why without spoiling it. In general, I find most of David Fincher's films very good.
What are your three most important work utensils?
A Bluetooth headset to be able to move around during meetings; headphones to listen to music while working for better concentration and, of course, a good wireless mouse, with some extra features that greatly improve working on a small laptop screen.
What do you always carry in your pocket?
A lot, which is why my wife also calls me "Mary Poppins" and my friends "Tempo-Ali", because I always had handkerchiefs in my pocket. My pockets usually contain things like a Leatherman, plasters, spare headphones, tissues, headache tablets, chewing gum and, during a pandemic, disinfectant gel and spare masks.