Finance Business Partnering

The Future of Finance

Finance Business Partnering is increasingly viewed as the most effective way for in-house finance teams to add value. There is a link between strong company performance and the way Finance works with the rest of the organization.

According to a KPMG survey, 82% of CFOs are working to improve how their team challenges and supports the business.

Finance Business Partnering is the opportunity for Finance to become an integral part of the critical decision-making process of the business. But the FBP role is very demanding and requires a sophisticated level of skillset in the areas of communication, influence, business strategy and critical thinking






6-Month schedule (Starting on 30th July 2021)

3 Prominent subject matter experts as program faculty

Blended program, a combination of live online interactive sessions and self-watch online video tutorials (Total: 45 Hours)

12-15 Case studies

Peer study groups for learning enrichment

18 CPE credits approved by NASBA

Live sessions every Friday 4:00 PM Dubai time

Free follow up group coaching session 3 months after the completion of the program

Free membership in Finance Business Partners Club (managed by MECA) for continued learning and networking among the FBP community





The program is uniquely designed to prepare and develop finance professionals for the role of a senior Finance Business Partner. Besides creating in-depth understanding of business strategy and a command on advanced data analytics, the program agenda ensures that the participants enhance their communication skills and develop personal confidence to deal with their business partners.






Mid to senior level finance professionals with at least 5 years of finance experience
Good understanding of how a business operates outside finance
A passion to get involved in solving business problems through working in teams
No prior FBP experience is required



One-time Payment

6 payments of $195/month

Month-to-Month Payment Plan


Saleem Sufi

Saleem Sufi has been a Global Strategic CFO for more than 20 years working for world class Fortune 500 and top Private Equity owned companies in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and United States. As an experienced speaker, corporate trainer and executive coach, Saleem has conducted numerous executive level workshops and seminars at international locations including Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Milan, Riyadh, Dubai and New York.

Saleem is an MBA with major in Strategy and Finance and a Fellow member of the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants. He has attended Harvard Business School a number of times for Executive Education .

He has coached and trained hundreds of senior corporate professionals around the globe. He is the founder of MECA CFO Academy and currently dedicated to help Finance professionals grow in leadership roles.

Gary Cokins

Gary Cokins is a well-known expert, speaker, and author in advanced cost management and performance improvement systems. He is the founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management, an advisory firm located in Cary, North Carolina. Gary received a BS degree with honors in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from Cornell University. He received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Gary began his management consulting career first with Deloitte consulting, and then in 1988 with KPMG consulting. 1992 Gary headed the National Cost Management Consulting Services for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) now part of HP. From 1997 until 2012 Gary was in business development with SAS, a leading provider of enterprise performance management and business analytics and intelligence software.


Prashanth Southekal

Prashanth is the Managing Principal of DBP-Institute (, a Data and Analytics consulting and education firm. He has consulted for over 75 organizations including P&G, GE, Shell, Apple, FedEx and SAP.

Dr. Southekal is the author of 2 books - Data for Business Performance and Analytics Best Practices, and writes regularly on Data, Analytics, and Machine Learning in and CFO.University.

Apart from his consulting pursuits, he has trained over 2500 professionals world-wide in Data and Analytics. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Data Analytics at University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada) and IE Business School (Madrid, Spain). He has a PhD from ESC Lille (FR) and MBA from Kellogg School of Management (US).




One-time Payment

6 payments of $195/month

Month-to-Month Payment Plan


MECA CFO Academy, incorporated in New Jersey, USA is a global institution dedicated to providing premium executive education to senior finance professionals across the world.

Under the dynamic leadership of its Founder and President, Saleem Sufi, the CFO Academy has provided executive education to more than two thousand corporate professionals since its inception in 2014.

The MECA CFO Academy is a pioneer in offering strategy and leadership development programs for senior finance professionals. emerging CFOs. Its flagship 'Strategic CFO Program' and 'CFO Leadership' online coaching program have been attended by hundreds of CFOs and senior Finance executives from leading companies all across the world.

Our clients include Emaar, Majid Al Futaim, Al Taaqa, Abu Dhabi Finance, DIFC, DMCC, Le Meridien, Al Fahim, Abdul Latif Jamil, ISG and several other large and medium size companies.

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