Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Guest Lecture by Mr. Ashutosh Zawar

The SIMSREE campus witnessed yet another important and enlightening guest lecture, delivered by Mr. Ashutosh Zawar.

Mr. Ashutosh is a rank-holder C.A. (13th All India Rank in May 2002 CA Foundation and 29th Rank in November 2003 CA PE-II exams) and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Pune. Over the last 3 years after co-founding Academy of Financial Training (AFT), apart from managing the Business Development and day-to-day activities of the business, he has over 1,000 hours of professional training experience. He has been instrumental in launching new training programs and innovating curriculum and training delivery style. The firm has successful training across Basics of Finance, Financial Modeling, Corporate & Project Finance, and Financial Risk Management. Mr. Zawar also provides advisory services to Small and Medium businesses for fund-raising.


Prior to AFT, Mr. Zawar has had around 5 years of experience ranging from Auditing, Investment Banking, Corporate Advisory and Financing Transactions. He worked for over 3 years with the Project Finance team at IDFC, a leading financial services company in the Infrastructure domain, he has worked on sectors such as Healthcare, Education, Tourism, Telecom and Power. His work profile included Operational and Financial Modeling, Business Appraisal, Valuation Analysis, Drafting of Terms and Commercial Negotiations. Before joining IDFC in 2007, he worked with Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking team for around 2 years

In his addressal to the batch, Mr. Zawar touched upon various topics in Finance, like Fund raising through agencies like Private Equity, Venture Capital, Angel Investors, etc. He explained in detail the roles which a Finance MBA graduate can take up after graduation

In the lecture, Mr. Zawar emphasized on the importance of Microsoft Office in the financial sector. He stressed that fluency in softwares like MS Excel, MS word is extremely important and it is an indispensable part of the career.

The session was quite interactive throughout, and Mr. Zawar fielded the questions asked by the students with comfort, answering each of them.

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