Introduction to Corporate Finance

III. August 8–12, 2022
Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 11:10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 3:10–5:00 p.m.
Stephane Goldsand, Raheem Haji
Algebra 1 and 2

“I have gained detailed knowledge on the value of companies and have become confident in understanding the value of those numbers in the business world.” – Agam K. | Calgary, Canada

Course Description

This introductory-level course is intended for students who have an interest in learning more about how corporations make business decisions and fund those decisions. The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of both sound theoretical principles of finance and practical tools of financial decision-making.

The course provides a brief introduction to the fundamentals of finance, emphasizing their application to a wide variety of real-world situations in corporate decision-making and financial intermediation. Key concepts and applications include the time value of money, risk-return tradeoff, cost of capital, interest rates, discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis, net present value, internal rate of return, hurdle rate, and payback period.


Stephane Goldsand

Stephane Goldsand is a business strategy and creative professional with over fifteen years of experience in business model innovation, marketing, and business development, spearheading multicultural, international, and localized initiatives in the private and nonprofit sectors. His industry expertise encompasses media and entertainment, technology, consumer products, financial services, and education. Stephane partners with venture founders and boards to convert strategic visions into organization-wide transformational initiatives. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in international relations from ITAM in Mexico, and is a graduate of the Documentary Media Studies program at The New School. Based in New York City, Stephane has lived and worked in Mexico, France, and Switzerland.

Raheem Haji

Raheem Haji holds an MBA in finance and economics from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in economics/mathematics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Raheem is also a Canadian Chartered Accountant (CPA). He is currently a Director of Business Development and Corporate Strategy at Wolters Kluwer, a global information services and publishing company, focusing his efforts on mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, and international expansion for the one billion dollar Health Division. For much of his career, Raheem has focused on management consultancy in the financial sector in North America and in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe, South Asia, Central Asia, South America and the Caribbean, and Africa. He has served as a teaching assistant for Corporate Finance at Columbia Business School and as a course instructor for International Accounting at the Mauritius Financial Services Commission. Aside from his professional endeavors, Raheem serves on the board of directors of the New York State Special Olympics Organization and the Aga Khan Council for the Northeastern United States. 

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