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Finance for Executives

Executive education program in English

Finance for Executives (FIN.32)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 22. - 24. Apr 2024
4,000 €

Finance for Executives (FIN.33)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 11. - 13. Nov 2024
4,000 €

Boost your financial literacy

It is imperative that executives assess the financial health of their organization, communicate with experts on this subject and formulate the right strategic responses. 

Finance for Executives is a hands-on program designed to boost your financial literacy. It aims to develop your ability to move beyond buzzwords and financial jargon, understand the bigger picture and make more effective financial decisions: 

  • Develop your awareness of external financial markets and their effects on your strategy. 

  • Learn how to apply forensic analysis of financial statements to predict performance and measure financial stress 

  • Expand your understanding of the valuation framework for investment decisions 

  • Explore common mistakes and fallacies in financial decision making 

This program is delivered in English. The German language equivalent to this program is Finanzen für Executives.

Finance for Executives (FIN.32)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 22. - 24. Apr 2024
4,000 €

Finance for Executives (FIN.33)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 11. - 13. Nov 2024
4,000 €

Your profile

  • You are a senior or mid-level managers from non-financial backgrounds 

  • You are interested in gaining a better understanding of financial principles.

Program Highlights

  • Cut through the complexity – learn the real tangible meanings behind financial jargon 

  • Gaining a deeper understanding of profit-and-loss accounts, balance sheets, and cash flow 

  • Learning to identify relevant costs and revenues  

  • Explore the best ways to communicate financial goals to others 

  • Building a network of global contacts 


  • The effect of external financial markets on your management decisions 

  • The relationships between revenue and costs, how return on capital employed (ROCE) is built from these two components, and how profit differs from cash 

  • How forensic analysis of financial statements can help you understand and predict performance and financial stress 

  • The basic valuation framework surrounding investment decisions; measuring the consequences of time adjustment, amounts of relevant cash flow, and risks 

  • Learn how to manage working capital more efficiently 

  • Valuating a company whether buying, selling or bringing to the stock exchange. 

  • How to assess investment opportunities and identify the most important numbers for doing so 

  • How financial statements can offer insights that can be used to formulate strategic responses 



  • Ranked #1 business school in Germany and #10 globally by the Financial Times Executive Education Rankings

  • Combine theory with hands-on experiences to help put new ideas into practice and develop your leadership skills 

  • Expand your network and learn from the experiences of your peers 



The program faculty introduces the Finance for Executives program.

Meet the teaching staff

The programs have been 
designed – and will be led –
by ESMT faculty members 
and ESMT visiting faculty. 
They will also guide and 
advise you throughout 
your studies.

Maximilian Müller

Visiting Professor of Accounting, ESMT Berlin


Rhishikesh Thakur

"For someone who has not had extensive finance training, participating in this course along with highly experienced managers from different industries was super important and inspirational. This course will encourage you to more consciously consider the financial impact of your decisions and help you through generally complex finance jargon."

Rhishikesh Thakur, participant 2022

Heiko Baburske

"Interactive lectures with real-life examples across industries. Another outstanding ESMT training!

This program helped me to build up essential knowledge about finance and accounting, and to be able to make even more fact-based decisions in transformation programs."

Heiko Baburske, Business Transformation Manager, Allianz SE


Not only was it a refresher from my MBA days, but there were also updated and some new concepts, specifically on cash flow. I found it very valuable both for my day job, as well as a private investor in equities.

Adil Choudhry, International Director of Marketing, thyssenkrupp Elevator

Excellent training program conducted by highly skilled business professionals. A very good balance between information, edutainment and group exercises.

Susanne Jacoby, Marketing Manager, SodaStream International

Postgraduate Diploma in Management

Postgraduate Diploma in Management

This program can also be taken as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Management curriculum. Bring your career to the next level and gain the formal recognition of your professional development with this university-level certificate.

Earn your certificate

Your Program Advisor

Your program advisor

​​​​​​​Beatrix Becker
Head of Business Development, ESMT Berlin

Phone: +49 30 21231 6205

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