Meet our people: Chandu Weerakoon

In this series, we take you behind the scenes with people from all over DB Results.

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One of my greatest personal achievements is making the decision to leave medical school. The journey life has taken me on has shown that staying true to what is right for you is most important. Happiness isn’t always about following the traditional path.

Chandu Weerakoon

Associate Consultant | Data Enthusiast | Chess Lover

We know there’s one thing that really sets us apart: our people. In this series, we take you behind the scenes with people from all over DB Results and show you what really makes us tick. 


Hi, I’m Chandu, a Sri Lankan Australian, born and raised in Melbourne. As we sit down for this Our People Showcase, I’m celebrating my 1-year work anniversary with DB Results.

I wear many hats in my consultancy work at DB Results, primarily focussing on Data and Business Analyst responsibilities. Currently, I am supporting hypercare at the tail end of a large-scale transformation project. My average day starts with a morning standup meeting with the team to address any issues that arose overnight and to cover off the tasks for the day. My remaining time is spent communicating with stakeholders, defining problems, liaising with the team, highlighting risks, and spending significant time on SQL and problem-solving.

People often come to me for insights and advice on data-related issues, especially when it comes to backend data problems. During large migrations, I help answer questions about the source data, work on fixes both large and small, and get approvals from the team before pushing changes into production.

One of my career highlights at DB Results is being part of a team that accomplished in just over a year what typically takes other companies three years. I’m proud to have been involved at such a deep level. I recently stepped up to fill in for a colleague on leave, handling tasks that were usually above my seniority. I was also responsibly for the end-to-end construction of two data pipelines to pull and transform data correctly from source to target, which have remained robust with minimal issues.

Away from DB Results, I enjoy watching TV, playing video games, and spending a reasonable amount of time playing basketball, bouldering and playing chess. While I’m an enthusiastic chess player, I wouldn’t call myself an expert— I’m still a novice!

Now it’s time to answer the most important question, who’s that in the photo? It’s my cat Skye. Well, she’s more a queen than a cat actually. We’re all here to serve her!

My perfect Sunday morning is playing basketball with the boys – it’s the highlight of my week, offering a great opportunity to socialise and progress. We’ve even planned a social basketball league with formal games once a week, pushing for a grand final level.

One of my greatest personal achievements is making the decision to leave medical school. The journey life has taken me on has shown that staying true to what is right for you is most important. Happiness isn’t always about following the traditional path.

My educational background is in biomedical science, and I spent four years in medical school before a friend offered me an opportunity to work in the financial services industry. After a couple of years there, I realised I didn’t want to continue in that field, so I attended a bootcamp in data science and transitioned to my current role.

The best part of my job is the continuous learning and the satisfaction of figuring out something complicated. I’ve had an amazing mentor who has helped me learn, grow, and take on opportunities I wouldn’t have otherwise. I am unbelievably grateful. The most challenging aspect is balancing expectations—customers often have one idea of how something should be done, but the reality can be different, affecting the team. Meeting demands within tight timeframes and balancing those expectations is challenging, though I am fortunate not to face it directly, but I see it regularly.

A common misconception about my area of expertise is that data analysis is an esoteric and obscure discipline, often imagined as being performed by a select few with highly specialised knowledge. I hope for a shift in perspective in society; data doesn’t have to be scary, and I’d love for more people to be on board with it.

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