Thays was born in Brazil, where she studied a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering between 2013 and 2016. The following year, she came to Australia and continued her studies in data science, combining her passion for mathematics and computer science. During her studies, Thays was an active member of the UNSW Data Science Society (DataSoc), and participated in DataSoc’s first ever Datathon, where she placed second. In her final year of study, she interned as a Junior Data Scientist at fashion e-commerce site Hello Molly, and as a Machine Learning Engineer at Remi AI. Thays now works at Google as a Technical Solutions Engineer, where she improves the supportability of Google Cloud services.