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Sessions

25 September (Wednesday)
Pre-Conference

4.2 CPE

The optional Pre-Conference workshop is a great way to kick-start your conference experience and will give you the tools to gain the professional edge you need. This four-hour session provides a higher level of instruction and more practical skill development than a typical Main Conference session.

13:00-17:00h

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Taking Your Interview Skills to the Next Level: Techniques for Fraud Examiners and Auditors
Robert Cockerell
Partner, KordaMentha Forensic

Interviewing witnesses and suspects is an important part of the investigation process, as critical information is often gained from these sources. Fundamental to the success of any interview, however, is asking the right questions to extract the required information. In order to ask the right questions, first you need to understand what relevant and admissible evidence the witness or suspect is expected to provide. That is why it’s important to review your case prior to interview and plan properly to ensure successful execution. Once you receive the answers, you can then assess the information within the scope of your inquiry and analyse it against the backdrop of the information you have already gathered.

This session will focus on the three critical components of the interview process: planning and conducting an interview, the use of advanced interview techniques in gathering information from witnesses and suspects, and the detection of deception through listening and observing.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Review evidence to prepare for an interview
  • Compare emerging techniques to elicit information
  • Discern clues to someone’s truthfulness based on verbal and nonverbal choices

CPE: 4.2
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Professional experience as an interviewer
Field of Study: Communications and Marketing

26 September (Thursday)
Main Conference

16 CPE

In addition to notable keynote speakers, the Main Conference features two tracks covering current fraud issues, case studies and practical solutions. These sessions offer proven best practices and practical tips you can immediately incorporate into your anti-fraud programme.

8:30-9:45h

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Opening General Session
10:05-11:20h

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2A: Using Blockchain Technology to Stop Payment Frauds and Other Digital Crimes
Andrew Koh, MBA, CRMA, MSRM, MSGF
Deputy General Manager, Regional Head of Risk, Habib Bank Ltd, Singapore

The rise and adoption of digital and mobile payment technologies pose new threats and vulnerabilities to the global payment ecosystem. Financial criminals have gone digital to continue abusing payment systems by committing fraud and other digital crimes. The latest financial crime statistics show that the volume of criminal proceeds has grown and continues to flow through the global payment system. These developments thrust upon us the urgent need to find effective solutions, such as the adoption of blockchain technologies, to stop these abuses and to protect the public from payment frauds and other digital crimes. This session will address the key areas you must watch for when selecting and implementing blockchain payment solutions for your organisations or customers.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Assess how blockchain technology can help detect and prevent digital crimes and payment frauds
  • Identify actionable and effective blockchain risk management controls to manage payment frauds and other digital crimes
  • Recognise emerging threats such as intrusion of privacy, cyberthreats and cyberattacks
  • Evaluate challenges in adopting blockchain technologies and best fraud prevention practices

CPE: 1.5
Level: Advanced
Recommended Prerequisites: Experience in anti-fraud, transaction monitoring, or anti-money laundering work, and experience in financial crime or law enforcement activities.
Field of Study: Information Technology

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2B: Cross-Jurisdictional Investigations in the Asia-Pacific Region
Matthew Fleming, CFE
Partner, Forensics - Asia-Pacific, KordaMentha

In this session, you will identify the complexities of cross-jurisdictional fraud investigations in Asia, including nuances specific to the region. You will compare internal and external resources to reach out to for assistance during investigations and discuss the investigation matrix. Real-life case examples will highlight best practices in evidence collection, common mistakes and pitfalls, and restrictions in cross-jurisdictional investigations.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Assess investigation nuances and pitfalls in Asia
  • Navigate evidence collection across borders
  • Identify resources and guidance in the region

CPE: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Basic understanding of fraud investigations
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

11:30-13:10h

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General Session
13:30-14:45h

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4A: Dealing with Multiple Parties During an Investigation: How to Navigate Client Input and Expectations While Maintaining Professional Integrity
Alexander Nasr, CFE, GCFE
Director, Blackpeak

In the course of an investigation, fraud examiners often find themselves caught up in company politics and divergent expectations from multiple parties. Despite these various and often conflicting agendas, you must remain independent and neutral and — to the degree possible — maintain a cooperative dialogue with various contacts and legal counsel. This session will explore staying focused and maintaining professional ethics and integrity amidst these pressures.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Demonstrate cooperation with various departments, teams and advisors
  • Determine whom to take instructions from, whose concerns to prioritize and how to reconcile difficult expectations
  • Identify best practices for working with external legal counsel in an investigation

CPE: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Experience in conducting internal fraud, conflict of interest and whistleblower investigations
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

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4B: Understanding the Fraudster’s Mindset
Annamaria Kurtovic, PhD, CFE
Principal Forensic Accountant and Fraud Investigator, Integrity Forensic Accountants and Fraud Investigators

What drives people to commit fraud? Understanding how a typical employee can turn into a criminal can provide valuable insight for fraud examiners and add context to all aspects of an investigation. In this session, you will take a fascinating look inside the fraudster’s mind with discussions of human behaviour and video interviews with convicted fraudsters. This session will give you a deeper understanding of motivations and personality traits common to many fraudsters.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify common characteristics of fraudsters
  • Assess external factors that can lead to fraud
  • Recognize red flags of employee behaviour

CPE: 1.5
Level: Basic
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Behavioural Ethics

15:05-16:20h

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5A: Emerging Data Analytics and Tools: Risks and Opportunities
Tim Phillipps
SEA Leader, Forensic & Analytics, Deloitte

In our current era of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the opportunities come with risks. The rapid adoption of AI presents remarkable opportunities for both investigators and criminals. A recent report from the ACFE highlights a 200% increase by organizations in the use of AI and machine learning to detect and deter fraud. But such advancements in technology present challenges for misuse and abuse and at a pace never before contemplated. Welcome to the “new normal” of financial crime.

This session will discuss the benefits of AI, machine learning and advanced analytics to model and quantify patterns, data anomalies and relationships. It will also explore issues such as AI warfare and risk management. Finally, it will examine the evolving role of fraud examiners and their need for new skillsets, along with the importance of ethical oversight.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Assess the benefits of AI, machine learning and advanced analytics to model and quantify patterns, data anomalies and relationships
  • Identify issues such as AI warfare and risk management
  • Recognise the evolving role of fraud examiners, workplace displacements and the need for new skillsets and ethical oversight

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Auditing

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5B: Identifying Conflicts of Interest Using Data Analytics and Intelligence
Diana Ngo
Associate Director - Compliance, Forensics and Investigations, Control Risks


Allanna Rigby
Director, Control Risks

Conflicts of interest (COI) are an issue across all organisations, with the effects ranging from profit loss to embezzlement. Detecting COI within a business can be laborious if done using only traditional techniques such as business intelligence and source enquirers. To ease the burden and increase the effectiveness of COI monitoring, many companies want to move to proactive identification and detection. Data analytics is fast becoming the answer to that need, with its ability to detect indicators that might suggest COI and enabling precious resources to focus on those identified.

This session will discuss COI and its impact on organisations, methodologies to proactively detect COI and tools to find evidence after you identify a conflict.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Evaluate a conflict of interest and its impact
  • Identify methodologies to proactively detect COI
  • Compare tools to find evidence after you identify a conflict

CPE: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Understanding of Asian corporate culture, open-source intelligence and interview techniques
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

16:30-18:00h
Networking Reception
27 September (Friday)
8:30-9:45h

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General Session
10:05-11:20h

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7A: Be a Leader Not a Follower: Adopting the International Benchmark for ABAC Compliance
Saket Bhartia, CFE, CIA, CCEP-I, CA
Associate Partner – ASEAN, EY

Bribery and corruption is one of the highest-priority compliance risks for organisations, attracting considerable public media attention. The ISO37001 - Anti-Bribery Management Systems is a significant development for organisations seeking to better manage bribery and corruption risks. Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau also adopted a local version of ISO37001 (i.e., Singapore Standard ISO37001) providing organisations with a globally recognised benchmark for anti-bribery management systems.

This session will discuss what it requires to develop and implement a prevention program and a culture of ethics. It will also explore the values and integrity in accordance with ISO37001, and challenges companies face in their journey to implement or become certified with ISO37001.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Analyse the global bribery landscape
  • Assess ISO37001
  • Identify the broad requirements of the standard
  • Discuss how an ethical culture contributes to ABAC compliance

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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7B: Open-Source and Field Investigation Methods and Tools: A Combined Approach
Abdallah Alomari, CFE, CAMS
General Manager, KYC JORDAN

This session will focus on the methods and techniques used in open-source investigations, including techniques to narrow searches and get the information needed. You will learn about some of the major research databases and sources of information available globally to track assets, sources of wealth and corporate registry, among others. You will also learn about field investigation techniques and best practices for working with field investigators. The session will also discuss geospatial investigation tools.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recall open-source research methodology
  • Discern the credibility of sources used in investigations
  • Determine when and how to use geospatial tools and in-field investigators
  • Combine open-source and field investigation for better results

CPE: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Fundamental knowledge in open-source investigations and due diligence
Field of Study: Information Technology

11:30-13:10h

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General Session
13:30-14:45h

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9A: Creating a Fraud-Intelligent Organisation
Shalinder Taneja, CFE, CA, CISA
Senior Vice President - Internal Audit, Olam International Ltd

Every organisation experiences fraud, although the frequency and intensity might vary. While you cannot eliminate fraud risk, you can create an environment where it becomes increasingly difficult to commit fraud. In this session, you will learn a stepped approach, starting with some of the fallacies associated with fraud, the role of human bias, key fraud risks and mitigating controls, recent fraud types and trends. The session will be based on practical examples, tips and ideas from the speaker’s experience as an audit professional.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Compare the fallacies about fraud
  • Recognize the role of human bias in fraud risk management
  • Implement a broad approach to mitigate fraud risk

CPE: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic concepts of fraud risk management
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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9B: Combatting Cyberfraud: Attacks and Countermeasures
Parag Deodhar, CFE, CA, CISA
Director, Information Security, Asia-Pacific, VF Corporation

Organisations are prone to fraud and losses through cyberattacks. These attacks come not only through technological tools, but also by exploiting weaknesses in people and processes using the evolving technology. Understanding the attack technique is important to detect and investigate the cyberfrauds and devise effective countermeasures. This session will provide you with the required knowledge to work effectively against cyberfrauds.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Assess the latest trends in cyberattacks and their impact
  • Identify the attack techniques, exploits and control gaps
  • Determine the requirements for investigating such attacks
  • Examine the possible countermeasures to block or minimize attacks

CPE: 1.5
Level: Basic
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

15:05-16:20h

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Closing General Session

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2019 ACFE Fraud Conference Asia-Pacific