Natasha is the data science lead in the financial crime department at ING Global Analytics which implements advanced analytics and machine learning in the detection and prevention of various types of financial crime. During her career, she was the Head of Data science at dotModus (Google cloud scale up), the Head of the Centre of Excellence for Robotics in South Africa and previously spent many years working as a data scientist and software engineer.
She holds a PhD in computer science specializing in computer vision from the University of Cape town in South Africa (one of the first non-white females in South Africa to accomplish this feat). Natasha is passionate about STEM education especially for females and disadvantaged communities having herself grown up during Apartheid in South Africa. She had led and participated in several national and international outreach initiatives and now currently serves as the Education lead at the NGO, Women in AI.
Natasha loves to read especially murder mystery novels and to run (she is currently training for her first half marathon).