STEMM Profile: Bhavika Unnadkat | Head of Data | Momentum Energy | Melbourne | Victoria

Bhavika Unnadkat [photo: Melvin Widodo]

“Communication skills are crucial. I regularly use active listening when communicating with others, ensuring I fully understand their perspective”

Bhavika Unnadkat believes that data can be used to make the world a better place. She is an Information Management professional with fifteen years’ experience in complex information environments spanning the full spectrum of structured data to unstructured information. She is an eloquent and influential communicator, adept at stakeholder management at all levels of the organisation, across multiple business lines, shared services, third parties and vendors.

She has proven business acumen with demonstrated results to deliver enhanced customer experience and increased business profitability. She possesses deep technical knowledge of multiple specialisms including metadata, data warehousing, data governance, data quality, enterprise architecture, data lineage, Big Data, data analytics, and regulatory requirements.

Bhavika is a big advocate of encouraging more women in data, she mentors young women who are keen in progressing their career as data professionals. In her free time, she likes to read, travel and teach young kids.

What support structures did/do you have in place that have facilitated your success?

Focus, persistence, and the burning desire to succeed at whatever I do (my passion) and to perform to the best of my abilities, to the very last minute. I have had this from a very young age.

Raised in a society with strong patriarchal influence, I always wanted to create my own identity, take control of my life and be financially independent. That was very different to the norms my family had followed for generations.

My parents have supported me in pursuing my dreams while challenging the norms. My husband and best friend, whose partnership has been a big contributing factor in my success.

What would you say is your most valuable personal attribute that has helped you succeed?

My optimism and communication skills have been the most valuable personal attributes towards my success. Optimism is a strategy for making a better future  and unless you believe that the future can be better, you’re unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.

On the other hand, in your daily life, you communicate your ideas and vision, and pay attention to the communicators around you. It is critical that you also hear what isn’t being said. When communication is present, trust and respect follow.

No one plans on being mediocre; mediocrity happens when you don’t plan. If you want to succeed, learn the traits that will make you successful and live them every day.

What do you believe are the greatest attributes of a successful leader?

Communication skills are crucial. I regularly use active listening when communicating with others, ensuring I fully understand their perspective.

Additionally, since I’ve regularly worked with stakeholders who may not have the same level of domain expertise, I’ve found that the ability to take complex ideas and simplify them is paramount for success.

However, communication alone isn’t enough. Accountability is also vital. This allows me to lead by example. Similarly, critical thinking is a core component for strategic planning, and served me well when I lead projects/teams.

What is the most important advice you have ever been given?

The best life advice I’ve received had to do with time. My dad always told me, ”Time does not care about anything but moving forward, what you do with your time is solely up to you, so make the best of it by being the best version of you”. This advice about time has helped me to become more decisive under uncertainties.

What is your ideal holiday – and do you work on your holiday?

I love travelling. An ideal holiday for me, is to recharge my ‘battery’, relax, have fun and learn more about the cultures of other countries. It is also the  time for me to catch up with my family, discuss and participate in activities important to them.  Therefore, during my ideal holiday I like to travel with my family members.

I wouldn’t mind doing volunteering work on my holiday. Otherwise I normally limit myself to only check alerts and messages from work.

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