Hello, I'm Zinia Haywood

Data Architect
& Data Analyst
based in CPT,
South Africa.

About Me

I am currently a consultant within the Analytics and Cognitive department at a leading professional services provider in South Africa. I have degrees in Computer Science and Information Systems, am a certified solutions architect on the Google Cloud Platform, and currently studying towards certification on the AWS tech stack as well.

I am a bit of a data nerd, and can confidently say that I've found my happy space within the data analytics realm of IT.

In my personal capacity, I love spending time with my 3 doggos, preferably outdoors, walking/shuffling along the mountain trails in Cape Town. If I'm not hanging out with my dogs, you'd most likely find me at a coffee shop somewhere - trying to convince myself not to have a second slice of cheesecake. This internal debate would often prove futile and a second slice would most likely make its way home with me.

This website is a long overdue personal project of mine which started out as a photo blog many, many years ago. After a few destructive trials with some dodgy Wordpress plug-ins, found itself in parked-domain limbo for longer than intended. I've now opted to use this space to feature, and merge, my personal and professional interests.

I'm keen to see how it will evolve and where it may lead.

Work & Education

Jan 2020 - Present

Deloitte Consulting

Manager: Analytics & Cognitive

Consultant to a client in the Financial Services industry. As Lead Analyst within the Architecture & Foundation workstream of the BI program, I work within a large team to deliver data assets to the business. Entails working with business stakeholders to gain an understanding of their workload requirements and leveraging that understanding with a knowledge of the source data elements and the technical components of the BI platform.

Oct 2016 - Dec 2019

Woolworths Financial Services

Lead Data Architect

Managed a team of BI analysts and developers. Represented the Data Analytics team as SME in all data related matters. Responsible for the architectural design and maintenance of the Oracle data warehouse table structures for the organization. The role incorporated project and release management for DWH enhancements – i.e. included planning, co-ordination, release implementation and change management


University of Cape Town

BCom Honours Degree, Information Systems

The core modules included: Systems Analysis, Design and Development, Project Management and Strategic Management of IT. One of the highlights was having my research paper published in the World Academy of Science Engineering and Technology journal. The paper provided an assessment of the use of social media by online group-buying companies in South Africa. It also made its way to a conference in Paris, thanks to the brilliant work done by Dr. Samuel Utulu and Prof. Kosheek Sewchurran.


University of Cape Town

BSc Degree, Computer Science

Undergraduate qualification, with Computer Science as a major.

Professional Skills

Primary Skills

Team Management

Business Intelligence

Data Analysis & Design

Data Integration

Data Architecture

Cloud Analytics


You can find links to some useful Resources over here. I'll extend these along the way. Feel free to check it out in the meantime.


A central platform featuring articles ranging from tech to business, from crime and conspiracies to crazy cartoons.

I've been using Medium for so many "how to-" articles explaining new programming methods and concepts. I find the articles are really well-written and easy to follow, especially if you just want a quick reference guide when trying out something new. It's also become my go-to source for self-improvement and increasing-productivity guides (which, I find, is becoming a biiig focus in my life as I get older).

I love this image by Alanah Ryding - it was featured on a Medium article I enjoyed. She does quite a bit of data analysis work, specifically with GIS/Spatial data, and uses a range of data transformation tools. Quite a cool urban landscape photographer as well. You can check out her work over here.

Google Arts & Culture

Explore artwork and exhibitions from museums across the world. This is a rabbit hole of visual and cultural amazingness.

Of course, the online experience may not come close to exploring these places and artworks in real life. But since I'm not exactly going to find myself exploring the streets of Manila anytime soon, I may as well enjoy an online exhibition of e.g. the Filipino Street Art Project as featured on Google A&C.

Picture taken in Woodstock, CPT (Aug, 2017)

Get In Touch

I'm happy to connect, listen, share some ideas; maybe even a cup of coffee..

Email Me.

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