Corporate Finance Senior Analyst Kiran Patel is an ambassador in our Deloitte Ambassador programme. In addition to being the largest professional services network in the world, Deloitte is a company strongly dedicated to creating positive outcomes not just for their clients, but for society as a whole. The Deloitte Ambassador programme sees ambassadors like Kiran join the Adara team in Sydney for 6-12 months at a time, working in close partnership with Adara staff. Here is a short Q&A with Kiran, so you can get a glimpse into the great work he’s doing here!
1. Hi Kiran, Could you please tell us a little about yourself and how your career led you to Adara?
I started my career at Deloitte working in the Audit division for two and a half years, then moved to Financial Advisory division where I’ve worked since then (2.5+ years) I’ve always enjoyed my job, but was also interested in the thought of working with a company whose whole focus was centred around improving the lives of other people who really needed help.
Because of this, when the Adara opportunity was presented to me, I knew I had to take it, as I could use my skills for a great purpose.
2. What sort of work do you do here at Adara, and how does that vary from what you normally do at Deloitte?
I work within the Adara Partners division which works on corporate advisory mandates. What I do draws upon the skills I have learnt at Deloitte. At Adara I have been exposed to more business development work (research and pitch work to help win new mandates). Current projects I am working on include a capital raise for a tech client and strategic advice for an acquisition and changes in management structure for an ASX100 listed company.
3. How has the work that Adara does impacted you? Do you have any particular stories?
Just seeing the impact and change that Adara has made in Nepal and Uganda is truly inspiring.
Adara’s work in Uganda is incredible, specifically the neonatal intensive care unit which has increased the survival rate of premature babies, as well as the ‘Ebenezer boys’ programme helping 26 former street children. In Nepal the work Adara is doing to rebuild towns and provide innovations such as solar lighting, smokeless stoves, and greenhouses to increase the quality of life of so many people.
Knowing that there is a company in Australia going out of their way to help people on the other side of the world is great!
4. What kinds of skills or experience have you developed during your time here?
The work I have undertaken so far has been challenging and a great learning experience. I have developed skills in research and business development, and further enhanced my financial advisory skills. One of the greatest experiences of working at Adara has been the chance to meet the Panel Members and learn from them whilst working with them on engagements.
5. What is the most important thing you’ll take away from your time at Adara/what has been your favourite part of working at Adara so far?
Something important I’ll take away is that you don’t have to wait until you’re retired to start being philanthropic; you can make a difference now. Going forward I will make sure I look out for creative ways that I can help make positive change now, not waiting until the future.
My favourite part at Adara has been working with all the wonderful people who make the work day fun whilst knowing that all the effort we put in during the day helps people that are less fortunate.