Jurie Germishuy is a Technical Consultant at Combine. He is originally from Cape Town, South Africa and have called Sweden his home for about 5 years now. Jurie moved around quite a bit growing up and explains that he really enjoys experiencing different cultures, and especially learning new languages. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in actuarial science, combining his interests for statistics and mathematical modeling, but later changed direction for his Master’s degree studies in Sweden as he noticed the momentum of the field of Data Science and the exciting opportunities to contribute to the acceleration of progress in many areas. Before joining Combine, Jurie spent some time developing AI products for insurance companies, banks and even a first responder startup at his university incubator.
What is it like to work as a consultant at Combine?
Working at Combine is a holistic experience. The time spent at the office contributes to deeply interesting conversations with colleagues, shared activities, and a supportive sense of community. Working at Combine means being exposed to diversity in every sense, from a wide range of assignments to international perspectives, competencies, and opportunities for growth. As a consultant, you get the freedom to choose your own path, to pursue the areas you find most interesting and to work on meaningful and challenging assignments that contribute to the state-of-the-art in the industry.
What is the best thing about your profession?
The part I enjoy most about my profession is that my work takes me to the most unexpected places, from the doctor’s consultation room to the bottom of the ocean. Our solutions contribute to so many industries and thus allow us to expand our knowledge of areas we would never have encountered before. This also encourage us to crosspollinate ideas with colleagues and increase the breadth and depth of our technical knowledge to bring our best ideas to the real-world.
Tell us about an interesting assignment.
I’ve been the technical lead for a project on ocean innovation for about 2 years now. When I started I had little to no knowledge about the ocean and that only a tiny fraction of it was being actively explored. Combine has now contributed with machine learning models that allow for automatic species identification, allowing experts to save countless hours in studying invasive species, mapping species distributions, or even discovering new or rarely seen species in Swedish and international waters. The potential of this project is as large as the oceans we help to explore, and I am extremely grateful to be able to work on such groundbreaking solutions that are also contributing to the preservation of marine life and these precious ecosystems.