Michael Olafusi, Finance Expert in Mississauga, Canada
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Michael Olafusi

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Mississauga, Canada
Toptal Member Since
January 9, 2017

Michael is a certified Advanced Financial Modeler (AFM), financial planning and analysis (FP&A) expert, a Microsoft MVP (highest level of expertise recognition from Microsoft), and an Excel and Power BI expert (with published books and courses). He has worked for an African private equity firm as a valuation and financial modeling analyst, consulted for a Canadian hedge fund, built financial models for a UK private equity firm, and did fundraising analysis and financial valuation for a fintech.

Career Highlights

Financial Analysis Fellow
Brightmore Capital

Education Highlights

Master's Degree
WorldQuant University
Master's Degree
University of Nicosia

Certification Highlights

Advanced Financial Modeler
Financial Modeling Institute

Case Studies

Work Experience

Budgeting and Reporting Specialist

2022 - PRESENT
Pemex Deer Park Refinery
  • Built a model that automated cash flow forecasts by automatically extracting data from bank statements, accounts receivables, account payables, and other input files.
  • Created a model to automate accretion expense and provisions over the lifespan of qualifying assets/projects.
  • Automated some key financial reports for the organization.
Focus areas: Forecasting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Operating Expenses (OPEX), CAPEX Budgeting & Inventory Management, CAPEX, Business Analysis, Reporting, SAP, Microsoft Power BI, Budgeting, Financial Modeling, Accounts Receivable, Cash Flow Modeling, Cash Flow, BI Reporting, Revenue & Expense Projections

Lead Consultant

2014 - PRESENT
  • Built financial and investment models for companies in the US and UK, Canada, Zambia, and Nigeria.
  • Developed and facilitated commercial training on financial modeling, business intelligence, and data analysis for key staff of large corporations.
  • Built business process automation models and dashboards in Excel and with VBA for major telecommunications companies like Vodacom, Huawei, MTN, and Mahindra Comviva.
  • Built portfolio management models for a Canadian investment firm.
  • Managed clients and led the bidding team for new projects.
  • Won and executed projects for the company from Vodacom Business Africa, Promasidor Group, American Tower Corporation, Japan Tobacco International, Fidelity Bank, Helios Towers Nigeria, IHS, Laplace Technologies, Rosabon, and LAPO Microfinance Bank.
Focus areas: Profitability Analysis, Portfolio Analysis, Revenue & Expense Projections, Equity Research, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Forecasting, Excel Expert, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Excel VBA, Models, Food Production, Food

Financial Modelling Consultant – DCF and Scenario Building

2022 - 2022
Vest Energy Limited
  • Built the financial model that was used to raise millions of GBP.
  • Made a dynamic model that allows scenario and input updates.
  • Factored in expansion to multiple countries and new markets.
Focus areas: Financial Modeling, DCF Modeling, Energy Storage, Clean Energy, United Kingdom, Valuation, Forecasting

Power BI Specialist

2021 - 2022
VCT Group Inc.
  • Performed extensive operations report migration and automation on Power BI.
  • Did extensive data modeling of over 100 datasets covering production, weather, and geographical data.
  • Worked on predictive models and Azure Machine Learning setup.
Focus areas: Data Modeling, Trend Forecasting, Predictive Analytics, Azure Machine Learning, API Databases, Statistical Forecasting, Microsoft Power BI, Data Visualization

Data Cleaning/Excel Expert

2020 - 2022
Omada Health - Main
  • Worked in Salesforce and external prospects data repository matching for better prospect qualifications.
  • Completed extensive data cleaning and fuzzy matching to help the Salesforce team be more productive.
  • Performed account buckets analysis and opportunities value estimates.
Focus areas: Microsoft Excel

Financial Reporting and BI Consultant

2016 - 2022
  • Built the financial statements and financial reporting across operating countries in Africa and consolidated reporting for HQ, giving visibility to billions of USD assets and revenue daily to group heads and the board of directors.
  • Automated the financial reporting that takes weeks for teams spread across the operating countries to build and consolidate for the group HQ.
  • Reduced lag time for the business heads to see financial and operations reports.
  • Automated production, logistics, and distribution reports for the CEO and COO, giving visibility to inventory management, distribution efficiency, and demand planning accuracy.
Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Human Resources (HR), Logistics & Supply Chain, Food Production, Food

Financial Analysis Fellow

2019 - 2021
Brightmore Capital
  • Carried out financial due diligence, a financial model, and DCF valuation on potential acquisitions in Senegal, Mali, and Cote d'Ivoire.
  • Trained a few colleagues on financial modeling and valuation.
  • Helped with the go/no-go investment decision process.
Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Valuation, Acquisitions, Startups, Forecasting, Profitability Analysis, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Excel Expert, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Excel VBA, Models

Fundraising Expert

2020 - 2020
LendMePay Holdings Limited (Toptal Projects)
  • Built the financial and valuation model for capital raising and expansion implementation across Africa.
  • Did an investment pitch deck that is to be shared with investors.
  • Prepared relevant angel investors and venture capital contact lists for fundraising.
Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Startups, Pitch Decks, Fintech

Financial Modeling Expert

2019 - 2019
Solon Property Partners
  • Built full financial models for five subsidiaries for a real estate fund.
  • Automated financial reports that ingest QuickBooks export.
  • Built models that had expansion scenarios analysis and dynamic income statements, balance sheet, and cash flow statement rebalancing.
Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Investments, Excel Modeling

Performance Analyst and Service Delivery Manager

2012 - 2014
21st Century Technologies
  • Built operations management report templates.
  • Automated the real-time analysis of customer transaction records (CDR) and network resource usage using VBA.
  • Analyzed prices on a monthly basis.
  • Managed the service delivery unit.
  • Automated a lot of reports that used to take days to create. Mostly related to revenue reconciliation, billing and capacity usage.
Focus areas: Revenue & Expense Projections, Profitability Analysis, Price Analysis, Data Analysis, Excel Expert, Excel VBA

Business Analyst and MIS Executive

2011 - 2012
Comviva Technologies
  • Built revenue analysis, customer analysis, and planning templates.
  • Helped Comviva - Airtel Africa CRBT team beat the month’s target of $1,000,000 in just the fifth month of full operations.
  • Helped Comviva’s ten country managers grow the customer base by over an average of 100% in just two months via daily analytical reports of what works and daily attrition values.
  • Developed business cases.
  • Automated recurrent reports.
Focus areas: Market Research, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Cost Benchmarking, Business Planning, Data Analysis, Customer Lifetime Value (CLV), Business Intelligence (BI), Cost Reduction & Optimization (Cost-down), Revenue & Expense Projections, Profitability Analysis, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Excel Expert, Excel VBA
2019 - 2020

Master's Degree in Financial Engineering

WorldQuant University - Louisiana, USA

2014 - 2018

Master's Degree in Business Administration

University of Nicosia - Cyprus

2004 - 2009

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Federal University of Technology Akure - Nigeria


Advanced Financial Modeler

Financial Modeling Institute

AUGUST 2017 - AUGUST 2019

Microsoft Certified Trainer



Microsoft Certified Professional



Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)

Bloomberg — New York


Financial Journalism Training Program

Bloomberg — New York, South Africa, Lagos

APRIL 2014 - JUNE 2021

Microsoft Most Valued Professional



Diploma in Stress Management

Stonebridge Associated Colleges — United Kingdom


Revenue & Expense Projections, Profitability Analysis, DCF Valuation, Market Research, Financial Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Reporting, Forecasting, Equity Research, Portfolio Analysis, Data Analysis, Price Analysis, Budgeting, Cost Reduction & Optimization (Cost-down), Business Intelligence (BI), Customer Lifetime Value (CLV), Cost Benchmarking, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Operating Expenses (OPEX), Cash Flow Modeling, Cash Flow, Fundraising

Output Software

Microsoft Excel

Industry Expertise

Telecommunications, Retail & Wholesale, Financial Services, Food Production, Food

Data & Analysis Software

Bloomberg, R

Geographic Expertise

United Kingdom


Models, Dashboards, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Modeling, Microsoft Power BI, Excel VBA, Financial Forecasting, Excel Expert, Investment Modeling, Business Planning, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Stock Analysis, DCF Modeling, Financials, Financial Analysis, Engineering, Startups, Acquisitions, Journalism, Markets, Python, Data Modeling, Trend Forecasting, Predictive Analytics, Azure Machine Learning, API Databases, Statistical Forecasting, Data Visualization, Investments, Excel Modeling, CAPEX Budgeting & Inventory Management, CAPEX, Business Analysis, Reporting, SAP, Accounts Receivable, BI Reporting, Pitch Decks, Fintech, Management, Human Resources (HR), Logistics & Supply Chain, Energy Storage, Clean Energy, Finance Blog

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