Your story: Rizwan Rahat
Rizwan Rahat is a big fan of change management, and puts his skills to good use in transforming and automating finance processes.
Describe yourself to us …
A public accountant with reliable and professional experience of ten years. I am mature, candid and have integrity. I work to improve myself and my skills, which is part of maturing and becoming better at what I do.
I ﬁrmly believe “the best way to predict the future is to invent it”, and hence I enjoy facing challenges.
Why is the future bright with the IFA?
The IFA is maintaining conﬁdence in the accountancy profession, and with its global reach it is assisting members to liaise with professionals around the world.
What is the most interesting part about your job?
For me it’s change management. While engaged in ﬁnance process improvement and automation it involves many transformations: not only the way people perform day-to-day tasks but also their attitude towards work. I never give up until I achieve my goal.
Most embarrassing/funny moment in your career…
Once while associated with one of the Big Four ﬁrms, an email came in with an opportunity to represent the ﬁrm at a prestigious international forum. I rushed over to my engagement partner, and waited, as he was busy typing something. After he ﬁnished, I explained to him I really wanted to be the one representing their oﬃce. He then showed me the email he had just sent and, to my surprise, he had sent my nomination as representative.
Best/most inspirational moment in your career?
I was given the chance to work on a very high impact project early in my career. I very much wanted to do that, and my CEO had the faith and conﬁdence in me, despite not having done a similar project up until that point. The trust of my boss inspired me, and now the work I undertook forms part of my core expertise.
Who is your role model, in life or in your career and why?
My father. An engineer by profession and a successful businessman, he always believes in me and gives me conﬁdence. Due to his traits, hard work doesn’t bother me – it motivates me.
What I am today is down to my father.
Garlic butter grilled salmon served with stir-fried vegetables.
Most useful tech tool or app – and why?
I like everything I do to be well organised. In the current tech era, we come across applications every day, making our life more comfortable and more organised, but Oﬃce 365’s collaborative tools are quite impressive, especially Sharepoint and Teams.
How do you spend your time away from your role?
I am eager to learn, so I keep myself updated to developments in ﬁnance and socio-economics. I listen to daily podcasts and love cooking and experimenting with new dishes.
What do you see as the path ahead for you and your career?
Recent technological developments have changed the role of classic accountants from devoting time to routine transaction processing, auditing and reporting, towards business advisory. I can see my passion for the intersection of artiﬁcial intelligence and ﬁnance becoming a reality – of which I’m an advocate.