Financial Modeling Institute Awards Prestigious Master Financial Modeler Accreditation to First Six Professionals

Recognizing excellence and leadership in the field of financial modeling, the Master Financial Modeler (MFM) accreditation has been awarded to six professionals from around the world.

May 3, 2023 - Financial Modeling Institute (FMI), the only Financial Modeling accreditation body in the world, currently serving candidates in over 50 countries, announces the first six professionals to achieve its exclusive MFM accreditation. They are:

  • Ian Bennett, FCA, MFM, PwC Global Deals Modelling Leader and leader of the PwC Australia Deals Modelling team (Australia)
  • Prem Beejan, MFM, Chairman of MauBank Holdings Ltd. and Co-founder of the Financial Modelling Centre in Mauritius (Mauritius)
  • Danielle Stein Fairhurst, MFM, founder of Plum Solutions (Australia)
  • Andrew Grigolyunovich, CFA, MFM, founder and CEO of Financial Modeling World Cup (FMWC), Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge, and Excel Esports competition (Latvia)
  • Hiroki Nakao, CFA, CPA, MFM, Director on the Modeling team at PwC Japan and a member of the PwC Global Deals Modelling Leaders Group (Japan)
  • Geoff Robinson, FCA, MFM, Managing Director, Global Head of Fundamental Analytics at UBS (United Kingdom)

The MFM accreditation is without comparison as it represents the most prestigious level of recognition for financial modelers globally. Those who apply are rigorously vetted by a peer group of highly respected financial modelers from around the world who form the Adjudication Committee.

To be awarded the MFM accreditation, applicants must demonstrate their experience, technical skills, leadership and significant contributions to the field. This includes having at least 10 years of financial modeling work experience; demonstrating world-class financial modeling skills; exemplifying financial modeling leadership in various roles; and contributing to the field of financial modeling in a meaningful way.

“FMI is honoured to recognize the inaugural cohort of Master Financial Modelers. These six outstanding professionals have achieved the pinnacle of financial modeling experience, skill, leadership and contributions to the field,” said Ian Schnoor, Executive Director of FMI. “We congratulate them on this remarkable accomplishment, and thank them for their efforts in professionalizing the field of financial modeling. They are global ambassadors who will support FMI’s mission to elevate the profession of financial modeling by establishing the world’s leading community of accredited financial modelers.”

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About Financial Modeling Institute (FMI)
FMI promotes awareness, excellence and discipline in financial modeling globally through its world-class accreditation programs. Through research and testing, FMI has developed exams that set the bar high with regards to modeling skills and validation. FMI provides learning resources to support candidates, and offers proctored, rigorous financial modeling exams.

FMI offers the Level 1 Advanced Financial Modeler (AFM) accreditation, the Level 2 Chartered Financial Modeler (CFM) accreditation, and the Level 3 Master Financial Modeler (MFM) accreditation. FMI also offers an introductory program to financial modeling called FMI Foundations.

FMI’s accreditations are relevant for professionals working in accounting, asset management, banking, business development, credit, private equity, venture capital, and other areas. Find out more about Financial Modeling Institute at