RFA Executive team

Senior Leadership Team

Rami Ismail - President

Rami is a Chartered Financial Analyst with an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Prior to Rotman, he worked in Commodities Sales and Trading at RBC, providing Energy hedging solutions to corporate end-users. 

For his summer internship, Rami joined BMO Capital Markets as a Summer Associate in its Global Metals & Mining group.

Rihab Rubaiyat - Executive Vice President

Rihab is a Chartered Financial Analyst with a BA and Honors in International Relations from Colgate University. Prior to Rotman, he worked for 2 years at BSCL, a Bangladesh-based private equity firm focused on technology, where he helped portfolio companies structure successful new ventures and for 2.5 years at GL Capital, a boutique investment management firm formerly based in Massachusetts. 

For his summer internship, Rihab joined Morgan Stanley as a Summer Associate in its Investment Banking Division.

Andreas Weltzien-Straathof - Executive Vice President

Andreas holds a BA Combined Honours in Economics and Political Science from Dalhousie University, and has passed all three levels of the CFA program. Prior to Rotman, Andreas was an Economist at the Bank of Canada, responsible for forecasting and briefing on Canadian interest rates and credit conditions. 

For his summer internship, Andreas joined RBC Capital Markets as an Investment Banking Summer Associate in its Global Energy group

Mahin Sohail – Vice President, Rwomen

Mahin has a BSc. Honours degree in Accounting and Finance from Lahore University of Management Sciences and has completed all three levels of the CFA program. Prior to joining Rotman, she worked for 3 years in the Corporate and Investment Banking Group of Habib Bank Limited in Pakistan, where she managed a portfolio of clients with a relationship worth USD 180 million.

Mahin is also a Heather L. Main Scholarship recipient and has joined CIBC as a Corporate Banking Summer Associate.

Thomas Choi – Vice President, External

Tom has over 5 years of consulting experience with WorleyParsons’ Metals and Mining team providing engineering and advisory services. He has extensive international work experience including assignments to Sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S. Tom has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a Professional Engineer licensed in the Province of Ontario. 

For his summer internship, Tom joined CIBC’s M&A group as a Global Investment Banking Summer Associate

Pavan Dayal – Head of Development

Pavan completed his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, specializing in Political Science & Economics. Prior to joining Rotman, he worked as an Associate within the Institutional & Corporate FX Sales business at RBC Capital Markets, covering the North American Energy and Natural Resources sectors. 

For his summer internship, Pavan returned to RBC as a Summer Associate within the Global Energy Investment Banking practice.

Angela Liang – Head of Sales and Trading

Angela obtained her undergraduate degree from the UC Berkeley. She developed an interest in finance during her summers with Citi's Institutional Clients Group, and Private Bank. Most recently, she worked in KPMG's Alternative Investments team, advising hedge funds and private equity clients on pass-through tax compliance and estimation. 

For her summer internship, Angela joined TD’s Asset Securitization Group as a Sales & Trading Summer Associate.

Roland Llewellyn-Thomas – Head of Investment Banking

Roland has a BA in economics from the University of Guelph. He has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces since 2006 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. He has also worked in securities lending for RBC and has completed the CFA level 3 exam. 

For his summer internship, Roland joined RBC’s Global Investment Banking division as a Summer Associate.

Paula Reimann – Vice President, Finance

Paula has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa, in Sao Paulo. Prior to Rotman, Paula spent 7 years working in finance. She worked at EY in the M&A advisory team and at Alvarez & Marsal, providing consulting for companies in distress. 

For her summer internship, Paula joined the Global Trade & Banking team in CIBC’s Corporate Banking group.

Gurman Athwal – Head of Corporate Banking

After graduating with a BBA degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Gurman joined Wells Fargo Bank as an Analyst in its Mid-Market Corporate Banking group covering diversified industries. While at Wells Fargo, Gurman worked towards completing the CFA program.

For his summer internship, Gurman joined TD Securities as a Corporate Banking Summer Associate in its Real Estate group

Frederico Gomes – Head of Equity Research

Frederico worked for 5 years as a lawyer in his own firm in Brazil, dealing primarily with real estate and contract law. He holds a master’s degree in Law, with published research and a book on Economic Analysis of Managers’ Liability. Frederico is a CFA candidate (Level I passed).

For his summer internship, he joined Desjardins Capital Markets as a Research Associate Intern in its Diversified Industries group.

Jay Jung – Head of Corporate Finance

Jay has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Yonsei University. He has spent over 8 years in Corporate Finance, including 7 years at Samsung C&T, the de facto holding company of the Samsung Group, as the Assistant Finance Manager and just under 2 years at SOCAR, the largest car-sharing start-up in South Korea, as the Head of Treasury. 

For his summer internship, Jay joined Thomson Reuters as a Finance Summer Associate in Toronto & NY


Vinicius Vilhena

Director, Investment Banking

Shai Bautista

Director, Sales & Trading

Graeme McCallum

Director, Capital Markets 

Sukant Sharma

Director, Equity Research

Bogdan Vesic

Director, Development & Corporate Finance  

Jason Chin

Director, Development & Corporate Finance 

Fabio Almeida

Director, Development & Corporate Finance 

Chris Ridge

Director, Development & Corporate Finance 

Thomaz Fonseca

Director, Development & Corporate Finance 

Stephanie Alavedra Falvy

Director, RWomen