Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.
A: Hello, I am Shah Hassan from the land of brave and hospitable people, North Waziristan. I am a Computer Scientist from Agriculture University, Peshawar. I have worked for two years as a Data Scientist in the following organizations; Center of Information Technology, Rural Incubation Center, and E-Pakistan (NGO).
Q: How has your education prepared you for this job?
A: I completed an undergraduate degree in computer science in 2018, and since then I have worked at a number of organizations as a data scientist, data analyst, and AI Python developer.
Q: If I were to poll everyone you’ve worked with, what percentage would not be a fan of yours?
A: I’d say, 98 percent.
Q: Tell me about your proudest professional achievement.
A: When I completed my Bachelor’s degree; I got an opportunity to develop a chatbot for the UN; also when I cleared the Cisco exam for Python certification.
Q: What are the three technical skills or traits you wish you had?
A: Python data analysis, machine learning algorithms, and Power BI analytics.
Q: How did you come to know about the KP Government Innovation Fellowship program?
A: From KPITB’s social media pages.
Q: What project are you working on here? How is it helping you to build your professional capacity?
A: I am part of the team working on the Integrated Patient Management System. We are working on COVID-19 patient data analysis, creating insights, and generating daily situational reports.
Q: In a few words, describe what skills and knowledge you can bring to our team.
A: In previous jobs, I have worked on SDGs, chatbot development, data analysis, Python development for AI, and I bring all of this with me to the Fellowship.
Q: What do Fellows say is your best quality?
A: Good communication, friendly, and helpful to others.
Q: What do you feel about the environment here, would you recommend any improvements?
A: This year the Fellowship is running remotely, and I am working from home. Sometimes network issues hinder my work, or errands at home can be distracting. Everyone is working in unusual circumstances amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, so I too am trying my best to deliver tasks on time despite these challenges. Some in-person activities are arranged for networking and that helps develop and improve soft skills.
Q: What role have other Fellows and mentors played in guiding you?
A: They have helped develop teamwork and leadership skills.
Q: Are you more of a leader or a follower?