Globaldev careers: The data analyst

Derek Brown, supporter insights analyst at Oxfam Australia. Photo by: Derek Brown

CANBERRA — This year, the world’s digital footprint is expected to reach 44 zettabytes of data. With this data comes valuable insights to assist with business, policy, and research. But mining it requires experts who can turn this mass of raw data into insights.

The development sector is no different. Data analysts can be used to support program development, monitor effectiveness, and more. In his work for Oxfam Australia, Derek Brown uses his data skills to help the organization understand its donors, its priorities, and how to expand its supporter base.

About the author

  • Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Senior Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.