Leila Etaati (20 Sep 1982 - 31 Dec 2023)
Obituary post from Reza Rad, her husband: Leila
Thoughts and Memories from Friends
Steve Jones: We worked in different areas, but I met Leila a few times at difference conferences around the world. Her bubbly, happy attitude was infectious and always a joy to be around. When I made a trip to Australia and New Zealand in 2019, I happened to meet her husband, Reza Rad, and we sat together at dinner, chatting away for a few hours. It was an enjoyable evening for me, and one I assumed would be repeated sometime in the next year or two.
The pandemic hit in 2020 and I have not traveled to Australia or New Zealand since. Leila conctracted cancer, and I was sure that she would be cured and I’d ge the chance to see those her and Reza again. Recently they were on my mind and I reached out, offering my best wishes. I was saddened to hear that Leila had passed away, and I will miss her.
Contributions to the SQL Community
Books Leila co-authored:
- Getting started with Power Query in Power BI and Excel: Getting, transforming, and preparing the data. The first step towards data analysis (The Definitive … Power Query in Power BI and Excel Book 1)
- Mastering Power Query in Power BI and Excel: Learning real-world Power Query and M Techniques for a better data analysis (The Definitive Guide to Power Query in Power BI and Excel Book 2)
- Power BI MVP Book: A book of tricks and techniques for working with Power BI
- Microsoft AI MVP Book: A practical guide to Microsoft AI written by 17 AI and Azure MVPs from all around the world
- Machine Learning with Microsoft Technologies: Selecting the Right Architecture and Tools for Your Project