The 2017 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe brings together leading anti-fraud practitioners to share their insights and experience. Investigative Journalist of the Malaysian 1MDB Corruption Exposé, Clare Rewcastle Brown, Attorney Mark Livschitz, and Training Director at the ACFE, Liseli Pennings, lead this year's line up of ground-breaking speakers. 


Featured Speakers

Clare Rewcastle Brown

Editor-in-Chief, Sarawak Report, Investigative Journalist
Malayisan 1MDB Corruption Exposé

Clare Rewcastle Brown is an investigative journalist who has begun a heated international dialogue by publishing accounts alleging corruption occurring in Malaysia. Brown founded the Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak in 2010 to first highlight local deforestation occurring in the Sarawak region of Malaysia. That led her to uncover a system of kickbacks between the logging companies and local officials. In 2013, her investigations turned from deforestation to exposing potential bribery and theft involved in a Malaysian public development fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). She obtained leaked materials from an employee of PetroSaudi, an investor in the 1MDB fund, which showed that USD 700 million that should have been invested in 1MDB ended up in the personal account of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak.

Mark Livschitz

Mark Livschitz AG

In July 2015, Mark Livschitz started his private practice, Mark Livschitz AG, which focuses on white-collar criminal defense and anti-corruption/anti-money laundering corporate compliance. Beyond compliance, he advises companies on corporate integrity. Before this Livschitz held positions as an associate in the areas of litigation and white-collar crime, later becoming a partner in an international law firm in Zurich where he led the local white-collar crime and compliance practice.

Livschitz’s experience includes a variety of matters in both the advisory and litigation areas. For example, he has been appointed Corporate Compliance Monitor by the U.S. Department of Justice for a multinational German company. Livschitz has participated as a legal authority in anti-corruption projects organised by the OECD, OSCE, UNODC and the Council of Europe. He led various large and complex internal cross-border anti-corruption investigations involving multiple jurisdictions, several high profile criminal defense cases in court as well as numerous civil litigations, mostly related to compliance investigations. In addition to this, Livschitz advised a FINMA Investigation Agent in a complex cross-border investigation of a multinational Swiss bank.

Liseli Pennings, CFE

Training Director,

Liseli Pennings is the Training Director for the ACFE. She was a Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Inspector General’s Office for Tax Administration and was previously a career special agent with the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. She is a subject matter expert in international investigations and physical security, and was a law enforcement attaché in both Europe and Latin America.

Kweku Adoboli

Convicted Fraudster*,
UBS Rogue Trader Scandal
*The ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters.

Adoboli joined UBS's London office as a graduate trainee in September 2006. Soon, In 2008, he became a director on the ETF desk and by 2010, he was promoted to director. Beginning in 2008, Adoboli started using the bank's money for unauthorised trades. He entered false information into UBS's computers to hide the risky trades he was making. He also used his personal funds on two spread betting accounts where he lost around £100,000. In 2011, UBS launched an internal investigation into Adoboli's trades. His trades cost the bank USB 2 billion and wiped off USB 4.5 billion from its share price. The trading losses he incurred while trading for his bank were the largest unauthorised trading losses in British history.

On 15 September 2011, Adoboli was arrested by City of London Police. He was charged with two counts of fraud by abuse of position and four counts of false accounting. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, later released in June 2015. Following his incarceration, he was subject to the British Home Office’s policy of deporting any foreign national who has been given a sentence of more than four years. Therefore, after he was served his deportation papers in 2015, he was no longer able to work.

Concurrent Session Speakers

Derrick Cerna, CFE, CAMS, LLM

Senior Director
Mizuho Bank

Following his NYU graduation Rick Cerna relocated to Los Angeles where he joined the legal department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios focusing on sale-leaseback agreements, contracts and corporate financing. Later, Cerna joined the London office of the New York law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton with a focus on IPO's, regulatory and corporate work. Cerna continued his career by joining the Los Angeles office of the law firm Skadden, Arps. After Cerna returned to New York in 2011, he worked in the legal department of Citco Fund Services, the largest hedge fund administrators in the world.  In 2013 he took oversight of the Citco Due Diligence Group working under the Compliance / AML umbrella of the firm. Cerna returned to London later, joining J.P. Morgan Chase as a Vice President of the KYC Remediation Team, acting as a case lead on policy implementation re foreign correspondent banking, corporates and NBFIs in the EMEA region (with a specific concentration on France).

In December 2015 Mr. Cerna joined Mizuho Bank, Ltd. as a senior director and head of the AML Enhancement Team. He oversees a team of AML specialists who travel throughout EMEA and review branches and subsidiaries of Mizuho in order to standardise the JMOF, OFAC and local regulatory policies and procedures of each. Ensuring that transaction monitoring detection rules, sanctions and KYC procedures are robust is another facet of the team's responsibilities. A risk-based approach is highlighted as a theme of this coverage.

Laura Davies, CFE

Director of Fraud

Laura Davies is the Managing Director of ID Associates Limited, a consultancy that provides fraud risk management and ethics and compliance services.   Laura is currently acting as the Interim Director of Fraud at Huntswood, a specialist consultancy that provides advice on governance, risk and compliance to financial services clients. She is an internationally proven fraud risk management (FRM) professional equipped with 15 years of key experience delivering projects. Strong academics and recognised as being at the forefront of the field with a suite of expertise spanning counter-fraud strategies and organisational structures, deterrence and prevention, ethics and compliance and training and communications. She has been instrumental in countering harmful behaviour within more than 25 countries, advising clients in diverse sectors such as government, energy, real estate, education, financial services and life sciences.


Evangelia Dimitroulia, CFE, CIA, CCSA, CRMA

Fraud Education Center
Former Deputy Director Internal Controls
National Bank of Greece

Evangelia Dimitroulia started her career as an External Auditor but soon moved on to serve as Internal Auditor, for 2 Financial Institutions with international presence. She was working until recently as Deputy Director in the Internal Controls Department of National Bank of Greece. Over the years she has conducted a number of Internal Audit Engagements (ranging from operational to financial audits) most of them as Lead Auditor. Furthermore, she has experience in Special Audits and Investigations, addressing successfully delicate issues and has gained extensive knowledge in handling fraud incidents or allegations from inception to resolution with demonstrable results in loss prevention. She has also been involved in addressing policy and code of ethics employee breaches with relevant reporting to all stakeholders. Dimitroulia is currently a partner at Fraud Education Center, a professional training and management consulting company in Greece and an authorised trainer with the ACFE for the CFE Exam Review Course in Cyprus. 


Stefan Dydak, CFE, CISSP

Security Consultant

Stefan Dydak has a master's degree in Forensic Science and a LLM in Crime, Law and IT Security. He has worked as an investigator in a variety of fields with cases ranging from simple larceny to organised cybercrime. His focus is to bring professionals from fields such as IT, law, finance and security together to facilitate the investigation of complex fraud schemes. Dydak is a certified information systems security professional and a Certified Fraud Examiner.


Kevin Hills, CFE, ACA (ICAEW)

Independent Consultant
Former Partner, EY

Kevin Hills is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  Over the course of 21 years Hills had the opportunity to work with clients in distress in more than 20 countries, which created an interest in the role that local cultures play in forming employees’ decisions.  Two years ago he formed EY’s Corporate Integrity team, which applies forensic analytic tools and methodologies to assess sub-cultures within organisations; we know through experience that even organisations with world class mechanisms occasionally suffer scandals, often due to sub-cultures that create the conditions in which people rationalise decisions at odds with the organisation’s purpose and values.  Hills’s team worked with clients across all three lines of defense and external audit to help them use culture as another lens on risk.

Bernhard Maier, CII

BM-Investigations E.U.

Bernhard Maier studied political sciences at Vienna University as well as risk- and security-management at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. He was licensed as a private investigator in 1997. His agency BM-Investigations mainly serves clients from the Austrian financial industry. As a certified expert witness, Maier consults Austrian courts and authorities. In addition, he is a certified risk-manager (ISO 31000). 

Victoria Meyer, CFE, ACCA

Swiss International Business Academy

Victoria Meyer is a Director of the Swiss International Business Academy. She trained in the Forensic Services Department of KPMG London before moving on to coordinate the European Forensic Technology practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers. After more than a decade in Big 4 Forensic practices, she now works mainly in the financial services sector and has worked with the UN, OFAC and other government agencies on a new format for anti-terrorism sanctions information. She began working with identity data on social security fraud investigations and has since used increasingly sophisticated linguistic matching techniques to support investigations as diverse as FCPA, insider trading and mortgage fraud enquiries, as well as high profile assignments for the UN and the search for dormant bank accounts dating from the Second World War. 

Barbara Rijavec

Senior-Group Internal Auditor
NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH

Barbara Rijavec started her career in 2004 as Intern at IB Grant Thornton Consulting, a smaller Audit and Tax Consulting practice in Slovenia. Further on she served as Senior Consultant at PwC Advisory Services in Slovenia. By working on complex cross border investigations for clients across the Central and Eastern Europe she started specialising in the field of Forensic Investigation. In 2011 she moved to Austria where she helped build PwC´s Forensic Services practice. Later, she served as Manager in Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services at EY Austria, where she was in charge of managing fraud investigations and compliance advisory engagements for clients in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Since 2015 she is employing her skills at the NOVOMATIC Group´s Internal Audit and Risk Management Department. 

Peter Temminck, CFE, RFA

NN Group

Peter Temminck is an Investigator at the Corporate Security & Investigations department at NN Group where he investigates internal incidents for all business units within the NN group all over the world. He has more than 15 years of investigative and anti-fraud experience and has worked in several financial institutions. In addition to this, Temminck worked for the Economic Investigative Services (FIOD-ECD), specialising in economic crimes.


Martin Vaughan

Executive Associate
Forensic Interview Solutions (FIS)

Martin Vaughan has 30 years of experience in the police force, after which becoming a sought after expert in the field of forensic investigative interviewing. As a detective sergeant attached to the Major Incident Team he performed the roll of Interview Adviser on numerous high profile investigations including cases of child abuse, high-stake fraud, sexual abuse, internal investigations and more than 70 murder investigations. Vaughan delivers training to law enforcement agencies across the UK and various Universities on Forensic Psychology masters programmes. 

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2017 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe