Aaleem Jiwa, Finance Expert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Aaleem Jiwa

Verified Expert  in Finance

Management Consulting Expert

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Toptal Member Since
March 20, 2018

As a Deloitte consulting manager, Aaleem led the creation of a business plan and financial model for a city-owned real estate firm that enabled them to develop 50 properties in ten years. He has helped owners of small companies and executive teams at multi-billion dollar entities optimize their businesses through financial analysis. Aaleem travels extensively, and freelancing allows him to deliver value to companies from any city in the world.

Career Highlights

Bain & Company
Investment Analyst
Cenovus Ventures

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree
University of Alberta

Certification Highlights

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies
Princeton University via Coursera
Project Management Professional (PMP)
Project Management Institute (PMI)

Work Experience

Engagement Manager

2020 - PRESENT
Delta Partner Group
  • Built strategies and financial models in the tech and digital sector of a greenfield smart city project for a group of companies, including a wholesale fiber company, a 5G network operator, a regional data center, and a smart city software company.
  • Developed the go-to-market strategy for a cognitive city operating system company.
  • Advised a mixed reality metaverse and NFT marketplace startup on their partnership strategy.
  • Developed the pitch deck for a series A, user-centric, data privacy app that secured $40 million in funding.
Focus areas: Startups, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence (AI), International Data Privacy Regulations, Strategy, Operations

Independent Consultant

2018 - PRESENT
Independent Consulting
  • Prepared a report on Singapore's fintech space for eBay’s Global Managed Payments division.
  • Created a business plan for a proposed Sharia-compliant equity crowdfunding platform in the UK.
  • Conducted due diligence on a crypto arbitrage fund regarding a US$1-million investment by an investment club.
  • Advised on the portfolio construction and ETF selection for a Malaysian resident to minimize US withholding tax (WHT).
  • Performed due diligence on Sharia-compliant mutual funds for an Islamic robo advisor.
  • Built a pitch deck and a financial model to help a regional cannabis company raise $20 million to expand its operations to a different state.
  • Built a pitch deck and a financial model to raise the debt financing for the construction of six Airbnb luxury lake homes.
  • Advised a $50-million cryptocurrency fund on selecting a new fund administrator, fund domicile, and family of funds strategy.
Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Strategy, Corporate, Business Planning, Fund Structure

Fundraising Consultant | Financial Analyst

2019 - 2020
Canna Growth Industries (via Toptal)
  • Built a financial model for the design, development, and construction of ten turnkey facilities that grow and process cannabis each worth $100 million.
  • Developed a dynamic investor waterfall model in Excel.
  • Created a pitch deck including insights on risks and potential mitigation used to raise a $2-million preseed round.
  • Reviewed and modified a forecast of cannabis prices based on analyst reports and macroeconomic indicators.
  • Advised the management team on the negotiation of a land option and subsequent purchase-vs-land-lease decision.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Pitch Decks, Financial Modeling, Financial Forecasting, Private Equity, Fund Structure


2019 - 2019
Bain & Company
  • Was hired as the seventh employee for a neobank to be launched in the Saudi Arabian market; led a team of three to create a 5-year financial model; advised on target market profile and matching product roadmap.
  • Built a financial model to analyze the costing of core banking system vendors under multiple user growth scenarios.
  • Designed use cases to test the digital banking functionality of short-listed banking system vendors.
  • Negotiated with core banking system vendors resulting in final savings of about US$10 million.
Focus areas: Five-year Projections, Revenue & Expense Projections, Cost Modeling, Financial Modeling, Mobile Payments, Digital Transformation, RFP Negotiation, Procurement


2014 - 2017
  • Developed a dynamic financial model that included the monetization of 50 properties over a 10-year period, for a city-owned development corporation.
  • Built an asset-based model for the estate valuation of a $200-million real estate holding company.
  • Built a discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation based on the introduction of several new products for a medical device manufacturer. The model helped the company obtain a multimillion-dollar, multi-year, global licensing deal for one of their products.
  • Conducted an in-depth financial analysis of the operations of a research park, and aggregated and analyzed best practices from research parks across North America to create a new operating model for the park.
  • Created a go-to-market strategy for a silver-based pharmaceutical burn cream that included five-year revenue and cost projections.
  • Developed a detailed financial model and project analysis for three multi-family development projects in Alberta on behalf of investors to compare and select the best project to pursue.
  • Managed the construction and delivery of a 29 story office tower on behalf of the tenant. The project included the relocation of 3000 employees, significant upgrades to the company's technology infrastructure, and the centralization of many shared services.
Focus areas: Cash Flow Modeling, Cash Flow Forecasting, P&L Forecasting, Forecasting, Revenue Modeling, Revenue & Expense Projections, Project Evaluation, Valuation, DCF Valuation, Financial Model Auditing, Financial Modeling, Finance, Real Estate, Private Equity, Fund Structure

Investment Analyst

2013 - 2013
Cenovus Ventures
  • Led the restructuring of three portfolio investments.
  • Conducted detailed market and business analyses on over 20 companies.
  • Presented an overview of the fund to Cenovus’ executive committee.
  • Researched, selected, and implemented a venture-focused CRM system.
  • Coordinated feedback from engineers, technical experts, and business line managers on potential portfolio companies.
Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Due Diligence, Investment Analysis, Venture Capital


2010 - 2011
  • Built a financial model to value active and fallow fish farms using local real estate prices and the price of fish as inputs.
  • Evaluated the financial viability of aquaculture operations, and built data-intensive risk assessment probability models to calculate their potential loss risk.
  • Modeled different profit scenarios based on changes in foreign exchange rates and the incorporation of various currency hedging strategies.
  • Built detailed cost estimates for aquaculture operations of varying type and size.
Focus areas: Cost Estimation, Project Evaluation, Revenue & Expense Projections, Revenue Modeling, Profitability Analysis, Country Risk, FX Risk Analysis, Risk Analysis, Financial Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
2018 - 2020

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Business Administration

London Business School - London, England

2011 - 2013

Bachelor's Degree in Finance

University of Alberta - Edmonton, Alberta


Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

CFA Institute


Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

Princeton University via Coursera

APRIL 2015 - APRIL 2021

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)