Jayan Balakrishnan is an alumni of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. He has held senior managerial positions in finance in his 30 years of service. He is a fellow member of the cost and management accountants of India and a Certified management accountant from USA. He has extensive experience in finance, accounting, costing, cost control, indirect taxation, management accounting, internal audit, budgeting & treasury management. His industry experience includes construction, manufacturing, trading, FMCG & service sectors. He has led various computerization projects, ERP (Oracle EBS, JD Edwards, Great plains) & Business Intelligence (BI) system implementations. He was involved as a functional lead in various inhouse software developments in product costing, project cost monitoring, inventory management and treasury. He started his career in TATA group handling costing and indirect taxation. His professional portfolio with giant corporate groups includes TATA, BAJAJ, AGAP, AL JABER & ALEC spread over India, KSA & UAE. He is working in GCC countries for the past two decades. As the managing director of Apt management consultancy, he is providing fractional CFO services, VAT advisory & ERP services to SME clients in the region. As a regular speaker in the Big5 events, he is conducting workshops for enhancing the financial literacy of nonfinancial managers and entrepreneurs.