Speakers

The ACFE Fraud Conference Europe speaker lineup features experts in the anti-fraud industry. These leaders will share their insights and address key issues relevant to you. Learn more about keynote and breakout session speakers confirmed for the 2019 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe below.

Keynote Speakers

Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA

President and CEO, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Bruce Dorris is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He also serves as an advisory member to the ACFE Board of Regents. Dorris has conducted anti-fraud training for the United Nations, the American Bankers Association, colleges and universities around the world, as well as with the FBI, GAO and other federal and state law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Dorris has been with the ACFE for 11 years, previously serving as Vice President and Program Director, and is proud to be involved in the continued growth and professional direction of the world’s largest anti-fraud organization.

Prior to joining the ACFE, Dorris earned his Juris Doctor from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1993 and is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Texas and Louisiana. He served as a prosecutor in Louisiana for 13 years, focusing primarily on financial crime investigations.

Gretta Fenner

Managing Director
Basel Institute on Governance

Gretta Fenner is the Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance, where she also holds the position of Director of the Institute’s International Centre for Asset Recovery. She has already held these positions from 2005 to 2008, during the founding years of the Institute, and joined the Institute again in late 2011 after three years in Australia and the Oxford, U.K.

During these intermittent years, she primarily worked as a freelance consultant advising governments, donors, international organisations and multinational corporations from around the world in governance and anti-corruption related topics, as well as organisational change and development processes and policy design. Prior to joining the Basel Institute, from 2000 to 2005, Fenner worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As the organisation’s manager for anti-corruption programmes in the Asia-Pacific region, she played a key role in establishing the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia-Pacific.

Xavier Justo

1MDB Whistleblower

Xavier André Justo is a former Petrosaudi International executive who leaked Petrosaudi documents to expose the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, which brought attention to the corruption in multiple countries worldwide. Justo was imprisoned in Thailand for 18 months under false charges and returned to Geneva after his release in December 2016.

Dr. Lukas Straumann

Executive Director
Bruno Manser Fund

Lukas Straumann is the Executive Director of the Bruno Manser Fund, a Swiss non-governmental organisation (NGO) that has been working on rainforest protection and anti-corruption issues for more than 20 years. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Zurich University and is the author of Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia published by Bergli Books in 2015.

Dr. Alexander F. Wagner

Associate Professor of Finance
University of Zurich

Alexander F. Wagner is a Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) Professor at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. His previous degrees include a doctorate in economics and a law degree from the University of Linz, Austria. Wagner has received several awards, including the ring of honor of the Republic of Austria and the Austrian Academy of Sciences' APART fellowship, awarded to outstanding researchers under the age of 35. In his research, Wagner studies corporate finance and governance, as well as tradable permit markets and the political economy of the environment. He has significant economic and management consulting experience, and is the co-founder and managing director of an investment boutique based in Zurich.

Sir Rob Wainwright

Former Executive Director, Europol
Senior Cyber Partner, Deloitte

Rob Wainwright is a senior partner for Deloitte’s cyber practice in North-West Europe, leading talented professionals and serving major clients with high-quality advice and technical support. He works to increase the strategic resilience of government and business sectors to manage dynamic cyber security threats.

As the former Executive Director of Europol, Wainwright led the transformation of the agency into a world-class security institution. Europol is the primary intelligence-sharing and operational coordination center in Europe, connecting more than 1,000 law enforcement agencies and supporting almost 50,000 crossborder investigations each year against transnational threats from crime and terrorism.

Concurrent Session Speakers

Dr. Veit Buetterlin, CFE, CPFAcct

Director of Investigations, Disputes and Risk, AlixPartners

Veit Buetterlin supports clients in investigations, compliance remediations and monitorships. Considered as “one of Germany’s leading forensic accountants” (Benjamin Rothacker, Daimler Group) and an “internationally recognized high-profile specialist when it comes to detection of money laundering and adherence to compliance regulations” (Börsen-Zeitung, newspaper), he has engaged in monitorships and investigations in 20 different countries.

Buetterlin held vital roles in investigations related to some of Europe’s most significant financial crime cases. He acted as a compliance gatekeeper when heading different finance departments, serving as interim CFO, Money Laundering Reporting Officer, and divisional head for allegation management and investigations in multinational companies. He researched at the University of Tübingen, Harvard University and University of Heidelberg. Buetterlin gained a master’s degree in economics from the University of Heidelberg and a Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Professional Forensic Accountant (CPFAcct). He is an alumnus and committee member of the German National Academic Association and an Arthur D. Little global star case laureate. Buetterlin frequently gives lectures on financial crime investigations, among others at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).

Murray Grainger

Managing Director, IOI Compliance, Impact on Integrity Group

Murray Grainger is the founder of Impact on Integrity. He and his team provide gamification training and other compliance services including legal and compliance translations to clients internationally. Grainger and Impact on Integrity partner with Business Keeper AG to deliver whistleblowing solutions to clients in Europe and globally, and with the International Compliance Association (ICA) for training certifications in English and Spanish.

Grainger is a British qualified lawyer and has worked in the U.K., Australia, France and Spain. He was head of the ethics and compliance programme office at Airbus before moving to Madrid, where he is currently based. He is passionate about integrating compliance and ethics into the fabric of organisations and is the author of the article "Why effective compliance is about so much more than the law!".

Stephen Hill, Ph.D., MLPI, CIIP

Managing Director, Hill Bingham Ltd

Dr. Stephen Hill is a Trustee Director of the Fraud Advisory Panel and chairs its Cybercrime Interest Group.

Hill spent many years working for a top firm of chartered accountants heading the Fraud and Forensic Group, leading an expert body advising clients on prevention, detection and recovery of fraudulent assets, working closely with organisations in both the public and private sector.

He has developed and delivered a series of counter fraud and investigation courses to clients both in the U.K. and overseas including the National Crime Agency, Charity Commission, CIFAS, police forces both in the U.K. and overseas and private sector corporations.

With an appointment as a Volunteer to the City of London Police Economic Crime Directive, Hill assists fraud investigators with the aid of online investigation techniques and speaks at schools on the dangers of the internet in line with his role as a safeguarding and child protection governor at his local primary school.

Dr. Hill sits on the ACFE U.K. Chapter committee and is an honourable member of the London Fraud Forum.

Cindy Hofmann, CFE, CA (SA)

Director, Forensics, KPMG AG

Cindy Hofmann is a CFE and qualified South African Chartered Accountant, with more than ten years of forensic experience. Hofmann has experience in the areas of fraud prevention, detection and response, specializing in fraud and misconduct investigations, including anti-bribery and corruption. She has been involved in and led investigations in Switzerland and South Africa, including the financial, corporate and industrial sectors.

Costel Ion, CFE

Director - Principal Investigator, Deutsche Bank

Costel Ion is a passionate cybersecurity professional with more than 14 years of law enforcement experience in combatting cybercrime and organized criminality, at both national and international levels. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds a master’s degree in countering organized crime. He also has a bachelor’s degree in law.

From 2002 to 2014, he was in charge of tackling the cybercrime phenomenon known as "Hackerville," which had occurred in the Romanian city of Râmnicu Vâlcea. From 2014 to 2017, he worked for the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, on various international strategic and operational initiatives. During his role in the Research and Innovation Sub-Directorate, he provided support to INTERPOL’s member countries with investigation methodologies, training and development of specialised tools to counter the use of anonymization techniques and technologies by criminals, such as darknet and cryptocurrencies. Currently, he is a Director, Principal Investigator at Group Audit Investigations, Deutsche Bank AG, responsible for conducting and leading internal investigations with high reputational, financial or regulatory impact.

Bethmara Kessler, CFE, CISA

Consultant, Advisor and ACFE Faculty Member

Bethmara Kessler is a global thought leader, lecturer, consultant and advisor to businesses on the topics of fraud, audit, compliance, enterprise risk management, shared services delivery strategies, process transformation and is on the ACFE Faculty and Advisory Council. Kessler is the former Head of Integrated Global Services for the Campbell Soup Company. Her career spans over 30 years in positions that include Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Audit Executive and Enterprise Risk Management Head. Her extensive experience also includes leadership roles in audit, risk management, information technology and corporate investigations in companies including EY, Avon Products, Nabisco, EMI Group, LBrands, The Fraud and Risk Advisory Group and Warner Music Group.

Gareth Minty, CFE

Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Gareth Minty is a legal director in the white-collar crime group of Mishcon de Reya's fraud and dispute resolution team. He is responsible for the full range of advice and litigation relating to business crime, including: white collar criminal defence, restraint and confiscation of assets advice, anti-bribery and anti-fraud compliance advice, and private prosecutions.

In addition to recognised expertise in relation to challenges to disclosure in criminal litigation, Minty also has in-depth knowledge of the provisions of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 dealing with immunity, restricted use undertakings and assisting offenders. He brings to bear practical, first-hand experience of cases for which those powers are suited. Since joining Mishcon de Reya, Minty has taken the leading role in defending a number of SFO, FCA, HMRC and City of London Police investigations and prosecutions, drawing on his skills as a prosecutor to bring what is likely to be the highest value private prosecution ever brought before the Crown Court.

Minty joined Mishcon de Reya from the Crown Prosecution Service where he was a senior lawyer within the central fraud division and latterly the organised crime division. He led prosecution case teams in some of the largest VAT frauds together with a multi-million-pound MSB money laundering prosecution. Through those cases, he has also gained considerable experience of restraint and confiscation proceedings in accordance with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He also led the team responsible for bringing the phone hacking and corruption of public officials’ prosecutions.

Chris Morecroft, CFE, CSOXP, CGRCP, CDPO

EU Data Protection Officer, Thomson Reuters

With more than 25 years’ experience in audit, risk and data security across the European Union, Chris Morecroft is currently the EU Data Protection Officer for Thomson Reuters.

Morecroft has led global teams across a range of highly-regulated industries, including insurance (life, pensions, legal and general) and banking, on large-scale data and operational risk change management projects. She is a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) subject-matter expert, as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Data Protection Officer (CDPO), Certified Sarbanes-Oxley Professional and a Certified Governance Risk Compliance Professional.

Carina Nilles

Corporate Investigations, AlixPartners

Carina Nilles, who has been named a “Top 40 under 40” manager by German business magazine Capital, is a go-to expert for corporate investigations. Nilles supports global corporates by developing, implementing and managing programs that prevent, identify and resolve white-collar crimes such as money laundering, asset misappropriation, data leakage, and breaches of regulatory rules and requirements.

Having conducted numerous national and international investigations, Nilles merges profound hands-on experience in managing high-stake situations with dedication and professionalism. She held key roles in milestone investigations in Switzerland and Germany. Clients relying on her expertise include the general counsel of a major Swiss private bank, the management and supervisory boards of a global DAX 30 financial institutions and retail companies, as well as the monitor of a major Swiss financial institution, which had been appointed by the New York State Department of Financial Services. Nilles is a regular speaker at investigation and compliance conferences in Switzerland, Germany and abroad.

Sonja Stirnimann, CFE, Swiss CPA, eMBA

Chairwoman, Structuul AG

Sonja Stirnimann is an international expert in corporate governance, risk and compliance. She focuses on economic crime, noncompliance and cybercrime by supporting global boards of directors, executive committees and authorities as a sparring partner during the processes of prevention, incident management, (fraud) investigations and strategic communication.

Stirnimann is the founder and Chairwoman of Structuul AG; serves as board member, chair risk committee and member audit committee chair of a private bank and as an independent board member of a regtech start-up. She also acts as a member of a professional ethics committee of EXPERTsuisse, the Swiss Expert Association for Audit, Tax and Fiduciary.

She has a demonstrated history of working in the financial services, trading and global construction industry for more than 25 years. Her book, Human Factor in Non-Compliance, Fraud and Cybercrime in Times of Digitalisation, was published in summer 2018 with Springer.

Richard Trainer, CFE

Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Richard Trainer is a litigator at London law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP. He is a solicitor-advocate with rights of audience before all civil courts in England and Wales. Trainer specializes in obtaining and defending asset freezing, search and disclosure orders to protect his clients' interests. He also advises on cross-border asset-tracing and recovery strategy. Trainer is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He is on the Board of the ACFE's U.K. Chapter and leads training of the advanced financial transactions and fraud schemes course for prospective CFEs taking their professional examinations.

Gail Wessels

Ethics and Compliance Trainer, IOI Compliance, Impact on Integrity Group

Gail Wessels is a compliance consultant and trainer with a solid track record in challenging international environments. She is passionate about designing and implementing sound principle-based, effective and relevant compliance programs. She applies her expertise to help clients achieve clarity, certainty and coordination in their compliance programs, bringing them peace of mind that their compliance program will withstand scrutiny. She is currently leading a financial crime cultural compliance project in a global systemically important bank.

Her multi-cultural South African background, together with almost a decade of living in Spain, equips her with a unique toolset. She has held various roles in retail and corporate risk, implemented significant transformation projects in the areas of compliance and technology and led multi-disciplinary teams across varied geographies.

Wessels is a regular speaker at international credit conferences and contributor to financial journals. She is a FICA member of the International Compliance Association, a member of the Law Society of South Africa and a registered Insolvency Practitioner.

Wessels’s academic qualifications include: Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Law majors), Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance, Certified Auditor: ISO 19600 Compliance Management Systems & ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems.

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