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  • January 10, 2019

    Keynote Speakers Announced For 30th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference in Austin

    Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer, New York Times best-selling author William Browder, and Director of the U.K. Serious Fraud Office Lisa Osofsky will headline the 30th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference, June 23-28 2019, in Austin, Texas.

    Bastian Obermayer

    Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer has spent his career digging into the uncomfortable truths of Nazi war criminals, abusive Catholic priests and crooked politicians. Obermayer set into motion the largest collaborative event in the history of journalism when he initiated the Panama Papers. He works as deputy head of the investigative unit of the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung, and has received numerous honors for his work, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

    Bill Browder

    William (Bill) Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he was denied entry to the country for exposing corruption in Russian state-owned companies.

    In 2009 his Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was killed in a Moscow prison after uncovering and exposing a $230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials. Because of their impunity in Russia, Browder has spent the last eight years conducting a global campaign to impose visa bans and asset freezes on individual human rights abusers, particularly those who played a role in Magnitsky’s false arrest, torture and death.

    In February 2015, Browder published the New York Times bestseller, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice, which recounts his experience in Russia and his ongoing fight for justice for Magnitsky.

    Lisa Osofsky

    Lisa Osofsky became the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) on August 28, 2018, and is responsible for all investigations and prosecutions for some of the U.K.’s most serious and complex fraud and bribery cases. Before joining the SFO, Osofsky served as EMEA Regional Chair based in Exiger’s London office. In this role, she served as the EMEA lead on the Anti-Money-Laundering and Sanctions monitorship of HSBC Bank, as well as other monitorship work centered in Europe.

    Osofsky has served as the Regulatory Advisor at Control Risks, and was the Executive Director of the Business Intelligence Group and the Money Laundering Reporting Officer at Goldman Sachs International, London. Preceding her time with Goldman Sachs, Osofsky served as the Deputy General Counsel (DGC) and Ethics Officer for the FBI. She was also a special attorney in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

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