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Super Bowl of financial modeling to kick off in September

Can anyone beat “Fine Wine” in the Super Bowl of financial modeling?

Joseph Lau, director, project finance modeling at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and nicknamed “Fine Wine,” is the current world champion of ModelOff, the world’s largest Microsoft Excel, financial modeling, financial and investment analysis competition. It attracts thousands from more than 100 countries.

Mr. Lau’s nickname is the result of him winning the last two ModelOff competitions. He is the current holder of the prized golden keyboard.

Round one of ModelOff begins on Saturday, September 23 with a 3-hour competition. Round two follows on Saturday, October 7, another 3-hour online competition. The finals will be held in New York from December 2-4. Ansarada is a ModelOff partner.

This year is the 6th year of the annual competition. The official ModelOff website has past questions to help those interested in entering the competition build their financial modeling skills.  To kick-start the competition, Ansarada is hosting a ModelOff meet-up on Thursday, August 17 in Sydney.  If you’re in Sydney, it’s a great opportunity to come and meet potential fellow competitors so don’t forget to register your attendance.

ModelOff, which has a 10,000-person community, is this year seeking to encourage women working or interested in finance. It is organizing a 2-day training camps for interested participants in Sydney, London, New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong. ModelOff also offers financial modeling certificates.

The training camps are designed to help those working in finance and business to develop business analysis, financial modeling, financial analysis, investment, data analytics, risk and financial technology.

Ansarada has a limited number of passes that allow people to enter round 1 of the competition for free. Get in touch with Phoebe Conybeare in Ansarada’s Chicago’s office if you are interested.

But a word of warning to all prospective ModelOff competitors this year; Joseph “Fine Wine” Lau will return to defend his title.


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