Employee story

Meet Santosh

#AccelerateITProgramme #PassionMeetsPurpose
Published: 2022.08.19.
I grew up in the smaller towns of Southern India, like most Indian middle-class families in the late 1980s. My father, who was away for work for months, was the only income earner in the household, and my mother, a Malaysian-born, managed all our upbringing during the era of India’s economic liberalisation.

Fast-forward to the mid-2000s: our hard work paid off and I graduated from one of the top three engineering colleges in the silicon valley of India, Bangalore. I then managed to secure my first job at a renowned Indian IT service company, very typical for graduates during those times.

In 2008 I moved to my home country Malaysia. I didn’t realise I was in the midst of a boom in data jobs. After working for a decade, I found my dream job at Roche, where I currently lead a regional data services team and am also a community leader for the Global Infrastructure and Services department, which is responsible for transformative platforms like automation, collaboration and advanced analytics that serve APAC countries like Japan and China. Truly a golden opportunity when considering the unique markets we serve. It makes my job super exciting as we get to solve challenging problems in the region and get to interact with diverse people with varied backgrounds and perspectives.

“When passion meets purpose and dreams come true”

My most fulfilling experience so far was during the pandemic in late 2020 when I was part of Roche’s flagship Accelerate IT programme and got very lucky to work on a project that could make a direct impact on the lives of patients living with rare diseases. Through the Accelerate IT programme, we provided recommendations for early diagnosis for newborns and children suffering from spinal muscular atrophy to improve the quality of their lives. The possibility to give back to society through my work helped me realize my passion and I continue to look out for such opportunities for my growth.

The journey ahead is quite an exciting one: I see data playing a big role in personalising healthcare and data enabling early diagnosis which will ensure early intervention and treatments for improved quality of life for patients around the world. I am fully charged and can’t wait to realize this ambition and continue to make my parents proud!

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