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Alumni in the news

The IFRS® Foundation has appointed Nili Shah, Olin BSBA’96, as Executive Technical Director. She will lead the technical staff that support the International Accounting Standards Board (Board) and be responsible for the coordination and delivery of all technical activities in line with priorities set out by the Board.

Ms. Shah has nearly two decades’ experience with IFRS Standards. As Deputy Chief Accountant of the Division of Corporation Finance of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), she addressed technical accounting issues arising from the Division’s review of the approximately 500 SEC registrants that file financial statements prepared using IFRS Standards.

She has also provided feedback on the Board’s technical consultations and supported the SEC staff’s discussions on IFRS Standards within the International Organization of Securities Commission’s (IOSCO) accounting technical committee. [1] Before joining the SEC, she served in the private sector, assisting European companies in their preparations to adopt IFRS Standards.

Ms. Shah has led multiple cross-organisational teams to improve disclosures, identify emerging technical issues and develop policies to promote consistency and compliance. She also oversaw the technical accounting training programme for around 200 staff and was responsible for the Division of Corporation Finance’s preparation for adoption of the new revenue Standard.

Ms. Shah worked for PwC in the UK and the US from 1996 to 2004. She has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Washington University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a CFA® charterholder.

Hans Hoogervorst, Chairman of the Board, said: “Nili has been deeply involved in accounting standard-setting for almost two decades. She brings a wealth of relevant technical and organisational experience to the IFRS Foundation and will play a key role in delivering the Board’s work plan.”

Commenting on her appointment, Nili Shah, said: “I look forward to working with the Board members, the staff and the wider standard-setting community to help deliver on the Foundation’s mission.”

Ms. Shah will start her new role in October 2017.

Source: News Release from IFRS

Thanks to Christine Botosan for sharing this news with the Olin Blog.

[1] Committee on Issuer Accounting, Audit and Disclosure (Committee 1)

The IFRS Foundation is a not-for-profit, public interest organisation established to develop a single set of high-quality, understandable, enforceable and globally accepted accounting standards—IFRS Standards—and to promote and facilitate adoption of the standards.

IFRS Standards are set by the IFRS Foundation’s standard-setting body, the International Accounting Standards Board.

Find out more about the structure of the IFRS Foundation and our consultative bodies.

CATEGORY: Career, Global

India’s The Economic Times reports on the new cohort in Olin’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program with partner school IIT-Bombay under the headline, “Where managers evolve into leaders!” The article notes that this is the third batch, or class, to matriculate in the 18-month program, “a much sought-after joint degree course, and is the first-of-its kind in India.”

The Economic Times provides details on the opening ceremonies and orientation for Batch 3:

“The inaugural function was attended by power names from business and academia. Chief guest Yogi Sriram, senior vice-president, Corporate HR, Larsen & Toubro, applauded the course, saying, “The program offered by IIT-Bombay and Washington University in St Louis is ideal for leaders wanting to succeed in ever-changing business cycles and complexities.”

We have a gallery of photos of Batch 3’s launch in an earlier blog post.

WashU-IIT Bombay EMBA Batch 3

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“Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues: I’ve run three marathons but never on a glacier in the South Pole at 20 below.”

Marc Wolf, MBA’09

That’s how Marc Wolf, MBA’09, begins his fundraising pitch for the Antarctic Ice Marathon in Union Glacier that he plans to run in November.

The former Navy Seal and current New York Regional Director of Development at the Navy SEAL Foundation plans to run the marathon Nov. 24, 2017 to raise awareness and funds for the foundation.

Wolf served as an anti-submarine warfare intelligence officer  in the US Navy Patrol & Reconnaissance Forces 5th/7th fleets from 2002-2005. From 2005-2006, he served as an
Operational Intelligence officer with US Navy Seal Team TWO.

“We are running this race to honor and pay tribute to a colleague, friend, father and husband, Brian Hoke. Brian was a former Navy SEAL and was serving as a government employee when he was killed in action overseas last Fall. Brian was a tremendous supporter and believed in the mission of the Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF), and it was NSF who immediately supported and continues to support Brian’s family. Our intent is to not only raise awareness for the Navy SEAL Foundation, but also raise funds to support programs making a direct impact on the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Community. Our goal, as a team, is to raise in excess of $100,000; and I challenge you to donate whatever you can to support this noble cause.”                    – Marc Wolf

Link to donate at Marc’s Crowdrise page.

Click above to watch video of the Navy Seals team that ran the 2014 Polar Circle Marathon.

CATEGORY: Career, Global, News

“Batch 3,” the third cohort of students in the joint IIT-Bombay-Washington University Executive MBA program gathered last week in Mumbai to begin an 18-month course to advance their leadership skills and careers while working full-time. WashU Chancellor Mark Wrighton and Olin Dean Mark Taylor welcomed the new class via video message.

Shivganesh Bhargava, Head of the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management at IIT Bombay, and Kurt Dirks, Olin’s Bank of America Professor of Managerial Leadership and Co-Director of Bauer Leadership Center, were present for the formal launch at IIT and Welcome Dinner at Taj Lands End. Graduates of the program from Batch 1 and 2 also attended.

“The joint global degree is meant to equip executives with the tools, education and confidence to work in any industry in any part of the world as leaders in the new landscape of economic development. This also enables them to apply the concepts they learn while taking the course and know its impact in real-time.” Prof. S. Bhargava, Head of Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management at IIT Bombay.

Executive MBA -Mumbai Batch 3 At-a-Glance
Number of students: 25
Average age: 39
Average years of professional experience: 15.3
Women students: 7

IIT-Bombay and Washington University launched the first US-India joint Executive MBA program in Mumbai in 2015. The partnership between Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM) at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and Olin Business School offers only the Executive MBA program in the world to confer a degree from both an Indian and an American university.

Thanks to Kiran Shesh, CEO of IITB-WUStL Research and Educational Academy, for the photos in this gallery from the Batch 3 launch. Click on photos to enlarge.