Lauren Sager Weinstein
Chief Data Officer, Transport for London
- What does your job entail?
My job is taking data from all the systems that we have on the network – this could be ticketing information from people travelling on the tube or the bus, plus location data where our vehicles are and sensor data on the roads – and looking for patterns so we can give information back to our customers and plan our services.
- How did you get where you are today?
I grew up in the States, in Washington DC, and I was always interested in government and cities and public service. I ended up working for the city of Los Angeles for a while and I was very interested in transport and how that allows people to get from one place to another and how it helps cities grow and move and adapt. Then I had the opportunity to come work in London and it was an amazing chance to come and shape a city.
- What gives you confidence?
A lot of building up confidence comes down to practice. Practicing speaking, practicing what I’m doing and knowing that the more you practice and try hard at something, the more grit you have, you’ll get better.
- What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
I think the best advice I’ve been given is to work hard, try things and be brave. So be courageous, have the confidence to move forward and to do something that you care passionately about: do good, be a good person but be brave.