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Meet Tafor Niba: Senior Data Governance Consultant, Soccer Aficionado, and Upcoming Author

Posted by Datasource on Feb 5, 2020 4:30:49 PM

This is the next interview in a new series in which we ask our unique and diverse Datasource Consulting staff to share a bit about themselves, both professionally and personally. We're amazed and inspired at their talents, hobbies, and aspirations, and we hope you are, too! 


Name: Tafor Niba
Title: Senior Data Governance Consultant
Years with Datasource: 1 year 3 months
Total Years Industry Experience: 16
Current Home City: Dallas, TX

Tell us about your experience with Datasource Consulting (DSC), including types of projects and positions held: 

Since joining Datasource Consulting, I have served as a trusted advisor to multiple Chief Data Officers (CDO). My work at Datasource spans multiple sectors including transportation, insurance, and the financial services sectors.  We help our clients roll out data governance programs, develop data management policies, frameworks, and standards, build roadmaps and executable plans, facilitate the development of data governance processes, and aid our clients in data governance tools implementations.

I have also done enterprise data management assessments with emphasis on data governance, quality, and data security and privacy. With data privacy regulations looming, we performed a detailed assessment and provided recommendations for success in being compliant with the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA).

Describe life at Datasource with three unique words.

Respect, Knowledge and Execution

Tell us what you like most about working at Datasource.

I have the pleasure of working with great people at Datasource Consulting. I enjoy working with individuals who are respectful, knowledgeable, and willing to share information that ultimately provides the best solution to our client’s challenges.

In an ever-changing environment in data and technology, I am pleased to work for a company that evolves with the demands of the industry. There is never a dull day at work. Every assignment and engagement requires that I test my experience and knowledge in different domains.

Datasource Consulting gives me the opportunity to excel and provide thought leadership.

What challenges you the most and what motivates you the most at Datasource?

The challenge at DSC is common to all consulting firms: the changing needs of our clients. Though change is hard, our job as consultants is to be flexible in providing solutions to the problems our clients have identified. It’s a challenge, yet an opportunity that I welcome.

What is on your bucket list?

  1. Travel to East and Southern Africa
  2. Evangelize, and use data and analytics to reduce poverty in Africa
  3. Play the piano and sing songs with my family
  4. Complete my book on data management

What are you proudest accomplishments?

Leading my family: wife and two daughters, my parents, siblings, and extended family has been the greatest joy of my life. I love to make a difference in people’s lives. When I solve the problem someone faces, or teach someone on a new career path, or be a better person tomorrow than they are today, I am extremely fulfilled.

What are your hobbies outside of work? 

I love to watch documentaries, read the history of different cultures, travel, dance, listen to music, and play soccer. I watch the English Premier League regularly, but I will not disclose my team for now (hint: they are not doing too well).

What is your hidden talent?

I get compliments for organizing successful and riveting events. I cook different types of dishes, and I mix drinks (at home).

What phobias do you have?

Shrimp and avocado. I will not eat these; not because I don’t like them but because my body simply rejects them.

Tell us why you fell in love with data.

Data can be described as a set of facts. It has no grey area. It is either black or white. I am a straight shooter and love simple answers to difficult problems. Data has given me the opportunity to think logically and analytically, and be factual. A data-driven individual.

Even before the explosion of data, the buzz, and the opportunities that come with it, I identified data as my career path because it was the foundation to many things that are possible in different areas of life – finance, health, business, development, etc.

Today, I am excited to be part of an industry that is shaping our world – what some call the fourth industrial (data) revolution.

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