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Meet Our Global Team

Meet our Faculty, Advisors, and the Operations Team

Faculty

CFI stands out from the competition because our faculty are both professional educators and industry practitioners. CFI courses are designed to make the complex simple; to distill large amounts of complex information into an easy to follow format.

All CFI instructors are also industry professionals with significant transaction experience across mergers, acquisitions, capital raising, risk management and other areas of corporate finance. They have an average of over 20 years experience in education and/or industry.

Over the course of their careers and under the MDA Training banner, CFI’s faculty have delivered training at the following banks and institutions worldwide:

Tim Vipond

Tim Vipond

Instructor (Canada)

Tim has over 12 years of experience in capital markets across a wide range of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and capital raising totaling more than $3 billion. He began his career as an investment banking analyst at CIBC Capital Markets, then worked in investment management, corporate development, and corporate finance at public and private companies read more.

  • Financial modeling
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Capital raising
  • Financial planning & analysis (FP&A)
  • Valuation

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Lisa Dorian

Lisa Dorian

Director, Instructor (United States)

Lisa has over 15 years of experience designing and delivering courses in strategy and analysis, preparing better credits, financial reporting, governance, risk and controls and ethics to a wide range of organizations including Royal Bank of Canada, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Zurich Insurance, Huntsman Chemical, AltaGas, and many professional associations. She is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Risk Management Assurance Professional and is accredited by the Institute of Internal Auditors to conduct quality assessments/validations. Lisa is currently attending Fordham Law part-time and will graduate with a Master of Studies in Law, Corporate Compliance in 2021.

  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Risk Management
  • Internal Controls
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
Scott Powell

Scott Powell

Director, Instructor (Canada)

Scott has over 15 years experience designing and delivering Wall Street training programs for bulge bracket investment banks. His clients include Allied Irish Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Glenview Capital, HSBC, ING and many others.

  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Valuations
  • Commercial banking
  • Investment banking
  • Capital markets
  • Asset management
Justin Sanders

Justin Sanders

Instructor (United Kingdom)

Justin has 20 over years’ experience working with the financial services sector designing and delivering innovative training solutions. He is renowned for designing and delivering programs that present complex ideas in a clear, everyday language that delegates can really understand and appreciate.

  • Fund management
  • Derivatives
  • Fixed Income
  • Simulation design
  • Global markets
Ryan Spendelow

Ryan Spendelow

Instructor (Hong Kong)

Ryan has over 10 years experience designing and delivering courses in corporate finance, math, and financial modeling. Having come from an education background before spending time within various financial institutions around the globe, Ryan is expertly placed to understand client needs, both in a L&D and commercial context.

  • Fund management
  • Capital and Derivative markets
  • Insurance
  • Global markets
  • Asset management and insurance

Training Experience

 Training Experience 
Allied Irish BankATB FinancialBank of America
BMOCIBCING
BlackRockBNP ParibasCiti Group
Credit SuisseDeutsche BankGlenview Capital
HSBCHuntsman ChemicalsInvesco Perpetual
JP MorganMerrill LynchM&G Investments
MUFG SecuritiesRoyal Bank of ScotlandSalesforce.com
Société GeneraleStandard Life AberdeenTD Bank

Advisors

CFI advisors are accomplished professionals whose breadth of knowledge and industry experience provide distinctive insight into the quality of our training. These advisors help shape the CFI curriculum, body of knowledge, and overall program for the Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA)™ certification.

Joseph Adabi

Joseph Adabi

Advisor (United States)

Joe has 5+ years CFO Experience, 7+ years International C-Level Management Experience in the US and Latin America, 10 years of Real Estate Private Equity & Public Market Experience, and 10 years Investment Banking, including Bear Stearns, JP Morgan, and Goldman Sachs.

  • Capital Raises
  • International Management
  • Real Estate Private Equity and Public Market
  • Tech Start-up
  • M&A Analysis
  • Investment Banking
Derek Senft

Derek Senft

Advisor (Canada)

Derek has over fifteen years of combined experience in investment banking and private equity, and today he leads the acquisitions team of Tricor Pacific Founders Capital as Managing Director. Derek is an owner and active Board member of Presteve Foods, Armand Agra, Ganache Brands, Freshstone Brands, Overland Container Transportation Services and Frontline Real Estate Services. Previously, Derek worked at Pender West Capital Partners Inc., Tricor Pacific Capital Inc. (Fund IV) and CIBC Capital Markets.

  • Investment Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Portfolio Management
  • Capital Investment
Alastair Day

Alastair Day

Advisor (United Kingdom)

Alastair is the author of Financial Times & Pearson textbooks on financial modeling, risk modeling, financial mathematics, cash flow, and valuation modeling and a number of books on lease evaluation and credit. He is the author of Mastering Financial Modelling, Mastering Risk Modelling, Mastering Financial Mathematics in Excel and Mastering Cash Flow and Valuation Modelling.

  • Financial, Debt and Project Modelling
  • Lease Modelling
  • Risk Analysis and Evaluation
  • Finance Training and Education

Operations Team

Tim Vipond
President and CEO
Focused. Driven. Passionate

Tim is an internet entrepreneur, financial analyst, ex-investment banker, and the CEO of the Corporate Finance Institute®. Since 2005, Tim has been an active participant in capital markets across a wide range of industries and transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and capital raising totaling more than $3 billion in value.

Scott Powell
Managing Director and CCO
Results-Focused. Practical. Innovative.

Scott is CFI’s Chief Creative Officer with over 25 years of experience designing learning solutions in the financial services industry.  When not working, you will find Scott hiking in the mountains surrounding Vancouver.

Lisa Dorian
Managing Director and CRO
Adventurous. Driven. Strategic.

Lisa, a former finance executive, is both a managing director at CFI, designing and delivering programs, and a Chief Risk Officer, developing and administering CFI’s internal policies and risk program. When not at work, you can find Lisa on her bike logging countless miles or running through any forest she can find!

Gwyn Pritchett
CTO
Precise. Fast. Analytical.

Gwyn is responsible for CFI’s website, from the user interface to backend development. When he’s not behind the screen working with code, he enjoys globetrotting and learning about foreign cultures.

Viktoriya Maya
Director of Operations & Marketing
Ambitious. Entrepreneurial. Friendly.

With a multifaceted background in academics and marketing, Viktoriya is our Director of Operations and Marketing. She is passionate about planning creative marketing strategies behind our email campaigns, social media, website content, and offering top-notch customer support!

Lonny Coulombe
Director, Engagement and Learning Partnerships
Goal oriented. Strategic. Driven.

Lonny is a sales consultant with over 13 years experience working with organizations around the world on their professional development programs. He is passionate about the great customer experience and finding the right solutions to meet the needs of his clients. Lonny is a father of 6 (or 8, if you count the two boxers!)

Yuting Zhao
Learning and Development Manager
Calm. Considerate. Adventurous.

Yuting has a Master of Educational Technology and Learning Design from SFU and has been teaching and designing courses for learners from all over the world. She’s passionate about using adult education theories and various learning technologies to improve our students’ learning experience.

Bettsina Walkinson
Lead Designer
Visual Thinker. Storyteller. Creative

Bettsina brings our brand to life through engaging interfaces and fresh illustrations. She completed her Master of Digital Media from The Centre for Digital Media (UBC, SFU, BCIT, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design), and a Bachelor of Visual & Media Arts from CEDIM in Mexico.

Katie Au Yeung
Financial Analyst
Detail-oriented. Adaptable. Enthusiastic.

Katie focuses on financial modeling and internal financial planning & analysis (FP&A) at CFI. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and is fond of working with numbers!

Isinsu Kutlu
Development Analyst
Ambitious. Determined. Cheerful.

Su is our development analyst and a primary point of contact for all customer inquiries at CFI. She ensures that we provide exceptional support and a positive experience for all of our students, and assists with various projects in marketing and other areas. She enjoys doing yoga in her spare time, and has been playing the piano since the age of 3!

Tom McClean
Voice-over Artist
Engaging. Dynamic. Dedicated.

Tom is the voice behind the learning and works his magic to bring our video lectures to life! Tom’s a professional actor with over 10 years of performance experience in theatre, film, radio, and television.

Celso Trinidad Jr.
Content Manager
Goal-oriented. Persistent. Generous.

Celso is our very own grammar police who makes sure that our articles are flawless and all content is always in order. He’s easy to work with, the same way that he’s easy to please – just give him anything with peanut butter.

Jorge Marques
Financial Analyst
Loyal. Curious. Motivated.

Jorge works on a wide variety of content development projects for CFI, ranging from writing valuable resources for our site to creating Excel modeling templates. He has completed a BSc in Mathematics with a minor in Economics from the University of British Columbia and has a knack for numbers!

Victor Ho
Financial Analyst
Adventurous. Patient. Adaptable.

Victor graduated from UBC’s Sauder School of Business with a specialization in finance. He is working on content creation for CFI, including writing articles and creating financial models in Excel. He’s always up for a challenge and loves working on projects that can teach him new skills!

Luke Turner
Marketing Coordinator
Diligent. Compassionate. Ambitious.
Luke is a graduate from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland, where he gained an MSc in Digital Marketing. At CFI, he deals with all aspects of digital marketing from campaign ideation to paid advertising and strategy development. Luke is an avid piano player and huge Watford soccer fan!
Flo Wong
Multimedia Designer
Explorative. Empathetic. Empowering.

Flo is our multimedia designer who has her sleeves rolled up with CFI’s UX, web design, marketing materials and educational graphics. She believes in the power of design — to shift mindsets, drive business strategy, and create impactful experiences. When she’s not designing, Flo loves longboarding, illustrating, and vegan food.

Ziyad Khan
Accountant
Team Player. Innovative. Honest.

Ziyad has worked in the public practice for 8 years as accounting supervisor, gaining experience in tax, financial reporting and business consulting, which he currently assists with at CFI. In his spare time, Ziyad loves to play badminton and go for a bike ride.

 

Amy Leyson
Production and Office Coordinator
Motivated. Efficient. Organized.
Amy works with subject matter experts at CFI to develop course materials and supports operational business activities day-to-day. Outside of the office she enjoys practicing yoga and has a passion for music!
Nilou Fard
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Ambitious. Entrepreneurial. Vibrant.

Nilou is a dedicated executive assistant with 10+ years of experience in supporting entrepreneurs, board members, and executives. At CFI, she assists and works alongside the CEO to coordinate day-to-day operations, strategy development, and implementation. Outside of the office, Nilou works on her own beauty consultancy business!

Working at CFI

Are you looking for an exciting career that combines finance, education, websites, and customer service? If so then CFI could be the perfect company for you. We are a rapidly growing business with many job openings, so please contact us directly to learn more about rewarding career opportunities at CFI.

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FMVA™ Financial Analyst Certification

Whether you are new to the corporate finance industry or an experienced professional, the FMVA training program on financial modeling and valuation will help you master new skills, achieve professional goals, and advance your career.

By following CFI’s blueprint for professional success, you’ll learn the best practices, tools, and techniques to master financial modeling, company valuation, discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis, merger models (M&A), sensitivity analysis, accounting, financial statement analysis, and more.