The story of Farhan Dilawar Sheikh
Farhan Dilawar Sheikh is chief internal auditor in the IC&I Department of the Government of the Punjab, Pakistan. He discusses the ‘global village’ and the value of hard work.
Describe yourself to us
An ardent student of life, professionally involved in the ﬁeld of accountancy and heartily devoted towards articulating thoughts through my blog. I serve as chief internal auditor in the IC&I Department of the Government of the Punjab in Pakistan, having previously undertaken professional training at chartered accountant ﬁrm AF Ferguson & Co. I have also been working as a writer and columnist for international newspapers for the last 14 years.
Why’s the future bright with the IFA?
The world has become a global village and a body like the IFA, with members in more than 80 countries, is a trendsetter and market leader all over the globe. It is an honour to be a member of such an esteemed organisation and IFAC-recognised. It promises a bright future for its members.
What’s the most interesting part about your job?
It’s an attitude that is technically described as ‘professional scepticism’. Applying such an approach helps in resolving day-to-day oﬃce matters. Besides, as it is for every other auditor, ‘lunch break’ and ‘coﬀee time’ is yet another interesting part about my job.
Most embarrassing/funny moment in your career?
It was during my ﬁrst ever meeting with a client manager who, I don’t know why, deemed me the senior project manager. I quietly listened to all his brieﬁng, which was ﬂying above my head at that time. Later on, when he came to know that I was the most junior among all team members, just wanted to hide myself under the table. Everybody laughed.
Best/most inspirational moment in your career?
When I met a couple of successful business professionals from deprived areas of my country. Both of them belonged to a poor family and their mother raised them by serving as maid in more than ﬁve homes at a time. Such stories are truly inspiring. Hard work always pays.
Who is your role model – in life or in your career… and why?
I admire diﬀerent traits in diﬀerent people. For instance, I am thoroughly inspired by Imran Khan’s mental strength and ability to handle pressure; the leading capabilities of Pakistan founder Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah; the poetry of (‘spiritual father’ of Pakistan) Allama Iqbal and the observational skills of Paulo Coelho.
This changes with my mood, and the weather. As it is winter these days, nothing beats a homemade barbecue followed by a cup of coﬀ ee or pink tea with gajar ka halwa (a food item made of carrot) in our foggy nights.
Most useful tech tool or app – and why?
After Google Assistant and Google Drive, I like, I like and recommend Swiftly Switch. It helps me navigate and use other apps quickly.
How do you spend your time away from your role?
Well, it flies. But I try to make the best of it by reading a book, watching a movie or having chit-chat with family and friends. And yes, how can I forget mentioning eating and sleeping.
What do you see as the path ahead for you and your career?
A successful and leading professional in my ﬁ eld, and an inﬂuencing and inspirational writer.