Expert Trainers

Our expert trainers have successfully conducted at least a dozen in-house training courses for some of the big names in the Middle East region. They are often invited to speak at conferences and events.

binod 1Binod Shankar, CFA
Director & Trainer

Binod has 18 years of work experience, including 16 years in corporate life and a dozen years in the Middle East. He started his career in an industrial bank in India where he cut his teeth on project appraisal of small and medium enterprises. He then spent six years executing audit, financial due diligence, financial feasibility and valuation assignments with KPMG, Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young in Oman and Dubai before joining Nakheel, the property developer. More recently he was the Executive Director-Finance at Gulf Finance House in Bahrain. He has presented extensively on a range of subjects including accounting, real estate and project finance at high profile events such as the World Accounting Summit, Global Summit of the Institute of Management Accountants, Cityscape Asia, Cityscape Abu Dhabi, Getex Dubai and the MEED Islamic Project Finance conference.

Binod has been teaching advanced finance and accounting courses since 1996. He quit corporate life in 2009 to help set up and run Genesis Institute.

At Genesis, he has delivered presentations focused on the SME sector at the Dubai Health Care City and the Tecom SME Builder covering topics such as budgeting, cash flow management and financial control. He was recently selected by Potential (the online training initiative supported by Google, Intel, Zawya, Aramex and Michael Porter's AllWide Network) to deliver a series of sessions on finance for micro businesses.

Binod says that his focus as a Trainer, Mentor and Speaker is to deliver conceptual clarity, get to the core issues, build relationships, keep things simple (and fun!) and talk of practical and effective solutions.

Binod is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA® charterholder. Apart from training, his other passions include long distance running, high altitude trekking, long distance cycling, amateur acting and modern aviation. He recently (2011) completed the Dubai Marathon and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro.

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mohit 1Mohit Malhotra, CFA
Director & Trainer

Mohit has over eleven years of experience covering portfolio and investment analysis, business valuations, corporate finance and financial modeling. Mohit was working as a Manager in Deloitte's Corporate Finance practice in Dubai handling the Middle East Region. During his term at Deloitte, Mohit has worked extensively in the financial services, real estate, and aerospace industry managing transactions in private placements, IPOs, M&A, and corporate advisory. He was also the training manager teaching various finance topics.

Mohit is a Director of Genesis Institute. At Genesis, he has conducted several workshops and presentations on equity valuation and financial modelling to a large audience including NASDAQ, SP Jain Institute of Management - Dubai and Bank Muscat.

Mohit is on the executive committee of CFA® Emirates. He has a Bachelor of Administrative Studies (Honours) degree from York University in Canada and is also a CFA® charterholder. He has also completed Canadian Securities Course and the Technical Analysis Course from the Canadian Securities Institute.

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rahul 1Rahul Sonthalia, CFA

Rahul has over 6 years of experience in fund management, equity research and valuation, economic research, investment banking and corporate advisory. He has worked with McKinsey & Co. and was last employed with one of the leading investment banks in Eastern India where he looked after mergers and acquisition advisory, private equity advisory and project finance. He is a CFA charterholder and a graduate in Economics (Hons) and has been teaching courses in capital markets, derivatives and equity research for past 3 years.

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hamad 1Hamad Aslam, CFA

Hamad has seven years of economic and equity research experience. He was last employed as Head of Research at Lakson Investments (Pakistan's largest independent asset management company) where he played an active role in investment allocation in equities, commodities and fixed income markets.

Prior to this, Hamad has led the sell-side research at BMA Capital (Abraaj Capital's portfolio company in Pakistan). At BMA, he was instrumental in attracting key foreign investments and advised the brokerage and corporate finance clients for the group.

He is a CFA charterholder and a Bachelors in Accounting and Finance from LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences).

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yasir 1Yasir Ali, ACCA, CIMA, FRM, CFA

Yasir Ali is a finance professional with over 14 years of experience, including 10 years of teaching experience. He has worked across multiple industries, advising the implementation of Foreign Investment Appraisal, Risk Management, preparing financial models, etc..

Yasir has been teaching ACCA, CFA , CIMA and FRM courses since 2001. He brings to the class a mix of valuable, regional financial expertise backed by excellent professional qualifications.


  • The training was really good and honestly did exceed my expectations. ..The instructors delivered the content in a very effective manner and were very engaging with the group.

    Maha Maisari, Dubai Properties Group
  • Financial Modeling & Valuation was very relevant to my work …Very knowledgeable faculty here.. I will definitely recommend them.

    Hassan Ali – Assistant Manager, First Gulf Bank
  • Thank you, the course was great, valuable and the material can be used in my workplace.

    Aliya Al Suwaidi, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
  • Was an excellent training session, very relevant to my daily job description and also could learn new terms and concepts.

    Zubin George
  • The course was great, great instructor, very knowledgeable. Excellent exercises & instruction.

    Ali Abou El Seond, Gulf Food Industries
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