Farhan’s passion for his work and his experience at Deakin equipped him with the confidence to explore a range of career opportunities, both locally and internationally.
Q&A with Farhan
Can you tell us about your time at Deakin? Is there anything you especially remember?
The overall experience of going to Deakin was quite memorable. The thing I really enjoyed at Deakin was studying with a diverse group of people and the learning that came with these experiences, both in a personal and professional capacity. The network you build at Deakin stays for life.
What has been your journey since finishing your course? Briefly outline your career path prior to your current role.
I started my career with ANZ in retail business then moved to Pakistan and started working for Allied Bank in their risk department, where I was promoted through different roles. In 2017, I moved to Etisalat as head of Corporate Banking and Investments group and my last role at Apna Bank was Senior Vice President and Head of Priority Banking. After spending nearly a decade in the banking sector, I’ve recently moved to the commodities industry. I am currently working for Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) where I head the cotton platform. LDC is a Fortune 500 company and the biggest cotton merchant in the world.
What has been the biggest influence on your career?
My father was a banker and I always wanted to follow his footsteps. However there are other people, especially my mentor, Athan Dimoplous, who have been a huge inspiration and a continuous support throughout my career.
Have you always wanted to pursue the kind of journey you have embarked on? If so, when and how did you realise?
I really enjoy my job and I think over the period I’ve evolved. I don’t think planning always works for your career; 2 years ago, I wanted to retire as a banker and now I am looking after a cotton platform. I think we naturally evolve with time and it’s good to stay open to different opportunities. It is part of continued learning.
What advice would you give graduates wanting to pursue a similar profession?
Since most of my career is based on banking, I would say banking is a wonderful career with so much to learn. Give time to your profession, try to enjoy it in all possible ways, always learn new things and motivate yourself. Never be afraid of asking for help.
What do you believe Deakin University has shown you/given you as a person?
I think Deakin has given me exposure to a very diverse group of people, which has made my personality very accepting of people and their point of views.
What are your passions outside your work?
I am into running, golf and competitive cycling. I’ve recently started to take interest in horticulture.
How would someone describe you?
Generous to a fault.
Is there any advice you would give to a person who is starting out in your career?
Set your goals, ask for guidance, ask for help and never stop asking questions.