The story of Aymen Rasheed
Aymen Rasheed is CFO for a group of companies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is motivated by meeting people from diverse backgrounds, continuous learning, and leading his team by example.
Describe yourself to us?
I am a ﬁnance professional who has worked in industry for more than 12 years. I’m a member of various international bodies such as IPA, IFA, and ACCA. I work as CFO for a group of companies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Why’s the future bright with the IFA?
The IFA is an international body with market credibility and more than 100 years of sustainable success.
What’s the most interesting part about your job?
There are many aspects, such as meeting people from diverse backgrounds, continuous learning, and motivating team members – leading by example.
Most embarrassing/funny moment in your career?
In my ﬁrst-ever interview, I went to a place where a renowned manager known for his discipline and principles expected me to be on time.
I conﬁdently got there and parked my car. To my surprise, the interviewer ran late and was upset owing to his parking space being occupied upon his arrival. I never confessed, even after I was hired. I went back home via the subway, and retrieved my car after midnight to spare myself from embarrassment.
Best/most inspirational moment in your career?
I was not quite motivated until one of my life mentors and teachers, Mr Abeel Ahmed, said: “The trick to success is 10,000 hours.” It does not matter if you’re not good at something; it takes time and dedication.
Who is your role model, in life or in your career, and why?
My father was the heart: he kept me motivated and disciplined, and my mother was the backbone and the pillar of my success, in spite of not understanding what I was doing. If it was not for her, I would not be the person I am today.
Although I eat healthily, everything tastes better with cheese.
Most useful tech tool or app – and why?
I am not a tech-savvy person but Google Assistant is a life-saver. I am always on the road, and it keeps me updated at a touch of a button. It is a personal assistant in your pocket.
How do you spend your time away from your role?
I can’t get through the day if I haven’t weight-trained in a gym. I make sure I read one book a month if I have time.
What do you see as the path ahead for you and your career?
I think there are plenty of things I need to learn and adapt in my life. I want to share my experiences, and reach out to anyone who needs direction. All in all, I want to be a better human being.