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Chief Technology Officer, Asia-Pacific, McAfee
Ian Yip has worked with organisations globally on cybersecurity initiatives and projects, particularly in the areas of strategy and transformation, data protection, threat management, and governance, risk and compliance. Yip has held positions
across the Asia-Pacific region and Europe in some of the world's leading companies including McAfee, EY and IBM.
He has built, led and managed teams with multi-million-dollar sales, operational and delivery targets, defined and executed go-to-market strategies based on market analysis and needs, set corporate and product strategy, brought new products
to market, run major cyber transformation programs and engagements, delivered keynote presentations at industry events, been interviewed and quoted in the media and contributed articles to a variety of publications.
Author, Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar CriminalJakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Eugene Soltes is the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School where his research focuses on how individuals and organisations confront and overcome challenging situations. He teaches in several
of the school’s executive education programs and was awarded the Charles M. Williams Award for outstanding teaching in 2015.
Soltes’ work on corporate misconduct and fraud culminated in the book Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal, which was described by Kirkus Reviews as “a groundbreaking study” on white-collar criminality. The
book explores why often wealthy and successful executives engage in deception. The investigation draws on more than seven years of interaction with nearly 50 of the most high-profile former executives responsible for the most significant
corporate crimes. The book refutes popular explanations of why seemingly successful executives engage in fraud and instead shows that most executives make decisions the way we all do—on the basis of intuitions and gut feelings. The trouble,
Soltes shows, is that these gut feelings are often poorly suited for the modern business world and often lead to the harmful acts that we so often read about in the news.
At the organisational level, Soltes examines how firms voluntarily disclose information to investors, employees, regulators and the media. This research has been published in leading finance, accounting and economics journals and resulted
in numerous awards including the Hillcrest Behavioral Finance Award, California Corporate Finance Conference, and the Financial Research Association Best Paper Award.
Ryan C. Hubbs, CFE, CIA, CCEP
Global Anticorruption and Fraud Manager, SchlumbergerACFE Regent
Ryan C. Hubbs is the global anticorruption and fraud manager for Schlumberger in Houston, Texas. Hubbs has more than 18 years of experience managing corporate investigations, forensic audits and compliance initiatives. He has conducted hundreds
of sensitive internal engagements concerning fraud, corruption, contracts, vendors and suppliers, and employee-related issues. Hubbs also has extensive experience with organization-wide anti-fraud and compliance programs and measures,
corporate investigation programs and protocols, and fraud data analytics. He has extensive experience investigating and researching anonymous shell company networks as well as developing analytics and process improvements to combat this
emerging fraud risk area. Hubbs also previously served 13 years as a commissioned law enforcement officer in both Louisiana and Texas.
Hubbs currently sits on the ACFE's Board of Regents. He is also a member of the ACFE Faculty where he co-presents the CFE Exam Review Course, as well as specialized training such as Interviewing Techniques for Auditors, Auditing for Internal Fraud, Contract and Procurement Fraud,
Detecting Fraud Through Vendor Audits, Principles of Fraud Examination and Conducting Internal Investigations. Hubbs co-wrote the guidance to the ACFE Standards and developed the ACFE Chapter Leaders Resource
Guide. He has served ten years as an ACFE Chapter President and officer for both the New Orleans and Houston ACFE Chapters. In his role as President of the Houston ACFE Chapter he helped guide the chapter to be recognized as the ACFE’s
2014 Chapter of the Year and the recipient of the ACFE’s 2015 Chapter Newsletter of the Year. Hubbs’ continued involvement and contributions in the anti-fraud profession resulted in him being awarded the Greater Houston Fraud Impact Award
Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA, CVA
Vice President and Program Director
Bruce Dorris is the Vice President and Program Director for the ACFE and is an advisory member to the ACFE Board of Regents. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1993, and is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Texas and Louisiana.
Following a judicial clerkship after law school, Dorris was commissioned an Assistant District Attorney for the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office in Shreveport, Louisiana. He created and was the Director of its Financial Crimes Screening Section.
Dorris is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant and practiced primarily in business valuation and litigation support. He was an Adjunct Instructor in the Accounting and Business Law Department of Louisiana State University in Shreveport and has taught with the Becker CPA Review Program.
He formerly served on the Board of Directors with the National White Collar Crime Center, and was the Vice Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is a Past President of the Louisiana District Attorneys’ Association ADA Section, and has worked in the Louisiana House of Representatives Fiscal Division. He has testified numerous times before legislative committees and was a frequent lecturer with prosecutor and accountant training associations.
Dorris is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Texas State Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.
Body Language Expert
Cliff Lansley is a psychologist and head of the real-life ‘Lie to Me - Lightman Group’, which is part of the Emotional Intelligence Academy (EIA) Group. The EIA Group international team works with a range of military, intelligence, security, commercial, fraud and police agencies in the fight against terrorists and fraudsters. He is also Managing Director of Paul Ekman International plc (PEI). PEI specializes in using reliable science in developing and delivering programs in emotional awareness and deception.
He was featured as the Behavioral Analyst Expert for ITV’s documentary "Lying Game – Crimes that Fooled Britain" and also with BBC and Discovery. He has worked with police, security and other personnel from military, airport, intelligence and commercial sector organizations in more than 20 countries across all continents.
When we tell Lies, we leak the truth
Video clip: Cliff Lansley keynote presentation at 28th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference
President, TRACE International, Inc.
Former Member, FIFA Independent Governance Committee
Alexandra Wrage is a former member of FIFA’s Independent Governance committee and was a member of the 2015 B20 Taskforce on Anti-Corruption, which drafted recommendations to G20 leaders for consideration in their global economic policies. Wrage has held numerous committee positions, including Chair of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the ABA’s International Section and Chair of the International Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and has participated in anti-bribery working groups with the OECD and UN Global Compact. In addition to this, she has won multiple awards including the 2014 Women in Compliance Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Compliance Industry. Currently Wrage is the president and founder of TRACE.
She is the author of Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments and Security, co-editor of How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes and the host of the training DVD Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion and the High Price of Bad Business, produced by NBC. Wrage has written three compliance guidebooks and is a guest blogger for Corporate Counsel. She speaks frequently on topics of international law, anti-corruption initiatives and the hidden costs of corruption.
A passion for fighting corruption
Fraud Magazine | July/August 2016
Convicted Fraudster*, Galleon Group Insider Trading Scandal
Roomy Khan has more than 20 years of combined professional experience in the technology industry and Wall Street. She was intimately involved in the Galleon insider trading case, the biggest case successfully prosecuted by the government, which resulted in more than 90 convictions throughout hedge funds, corporations and individual investors. She cooperated with the federal government for more than 6 years during which she expounded the mechanics of the financial industry, various conduits of information and ultimately testified in federal court.
Khan was personally charged with wire fraud and insider trading and she served one year in the federal prison in Coleman, Florida.*The ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters
Can a Stock-Trader-Turned-Convict Start a New Life?
The New York Times Magazine
Waheed Alkahtani, CFE, CEPP-I
Waheed Alkahtani works as an auditing consultant with internal audits. He is currently a member of the IA/Advisory Group that provides self-assessment advisory services in the areas of controls, fraud and compliance risks. Before that, he was responsible for administrating the General Auditor Hotline as well as developing and presenting an internal auditing fraud awareness program. Alkahtani joined Saudi Aramco in 2000 and carries the knowledge and experience of more than 15 years of work with Saudi Aramco and 10 more years with other companies in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Kahtani has jointly conducted several studies related to fraud prevention including ethics hotlines, codes of conduct and anti-fraud programs. In addition he was responsible for the design, deployment and implementation of the General Auditor Hotline 2010. In 2009, Alkahtani reactivated the local chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners ACFE in Dhahran, later named as ACFE Saudi Arabia Chapter 86, and currently serves as president of the chapter.
Amine Antari, CFE, CISA
Amine Antari is a managing director in the investigation and disputes practice at Kroll and head of the Dubai office covering the Middle East region. Antari has extensive experience in complex investigations and compliance consulting.
Hossam El Shaffei, CFE
Partner, Risk Advisory Services
Hossam El Shaffei has more than 35 years of global and regional work experience in multinational organisations such as the United Nations and United States Agency for International Development. He has worked to provide management and boards with fully integrated, strategic high-profile and value-added advice for better governance, risk management, controls, fraud prevention and detection, quality, transparency and fighting corruption programs.
El Shaffei is a recognised oversight subject-matter expert with global and regional experience. He has knowledge of world-class, internal oversight services such as: audit, investigation, inspection, financial management and administration (transportation, HR, premises management, maintenance, procurement and construction) in international and multinational organisations.
Tharwat El-Sakran, Ph.D., CFE
Professor of Linguistics
American University of Sharjah
Dr. Tharwat M. El-Sakran is a professor of linguistics at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He has published several papers on various issues related to teaching English for specific purposes, cross-cultural communication, professional communication skills, translation, interpreting, forensic linguistics and discourse analysis. He is currently conducting research on résumé padding and methods of detection. Dr. El-Sakran is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Mounir Gad, CFE
Audit, Compliance, Fraud Investigation Consultant
Mounir Gad, CFE, has more than 40 years of experience in internal and external auditing, construction programs management, fraud prevention and detection, and investigation. He has worked at KPMG as an audit manager, was the chief internal auditor at Qatar Gas and was an audit consultant at Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority.
Tim Harvey, CFE
Head of Global Chapter Development
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Tim Harvey is a fraud consultant with experience investigating fraud in both the private and public sectors. He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1979 and was a career detective, spending a third of his service at New Scotland Yard’s Fraud Squad and as the Detective Superintendent of the Economic Crime Department, he managed more than 120 investigators. He joined the City of London Police when they obtained government lead status for fraud in 2004. After retiring from the force he became the Director of U.K. Operations for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as well as a Justice of the Peace on the bench of Northamptonshire Magistrates Court.
Stephen Hill, Ph.D., MLPI, CIIP
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.
Kallol Kundu, CFE, FCA, DISA, CISA
Kallol Kundu is an accomplished corporate governance and risk professional with experience across infrastructure, power, tourism and the fast moving consumer goods sectors. In his career spanning more than two decades, he has handled diverse functions in areas of financial operations and management, risk assurance, fraud prevention and detection, investigations, forensics, information security, compliance and risk audits.
He is currently responsible for Group Assurance, Risk and Audit functions of the Kalpataru Group, a large Indian industrial conglomerate with interests in more than 40 countries in areas of project management; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC); contracting for power transmission; and infrastructure projects including road projects, warehousing, logistics management and real estate development. Prior to this, Kundu was responsible for Group Internal Audit at The Oberoi Group, an internationally acclaimed chain of luxury hotels with interests in flight catering, travel and tour services, car rentals, project management and corporate air charters.
Sumit Makhija, CFE, CA
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP
Sumit Makhija is a partner in the forensic service at Deloitte India, based in New Delhi. He leads the anti-bribery services for Deloitte in India.
He has more than 25 years of professional experience out of which significant experience is in the areas of anti-bribery reviews and investigations, forensic audits, dispute assistance and investigations for a wide spectrum of organisations.
Makhija is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, a commerce graduate from Delhi University and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He also serves as vice president of the India Chapter of the ACFE.
Varun Mehta, CFE
Practice Head - Fraud and Security Intelligence
SAS Middle East
Varun Mehta has more than 15 years of experience in the fraud and security intelligence industry and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He has worked on client engagements spanning across the U.K., U.S., and Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. Mehta has worked with with some of the largest financial institutions, governments and commercial businesses in the areas of risk, compliance and security domains. He is currently the practice head for fraud and security intelligence in SAS Middle East and Turkey.
Audrey Milesi, CFE, ACCA, ACAMS
Originally from France, Audrey Milesi has lived and worked in Austria, Germany and London before moving to Switzerland 10 years ago. She started her career in external audit and moved to transaction services in the Big 4.
In the industry, she led global financial compliance at the global level for Syngenta and at the European level at eBay. In 2017, she started her own consultancy, Flying CFO, specialising in internal controls and assistance in fraud cases.
Milesi holds a master’s degree in commerce and international affairs and a master’s in German. She is a Fellow ACCA, Anti-Money-Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Iyad Mourtada, CFE, CIA, CMA, CCSA
Iyad Mourtada is an international speaker, trainer and author with a diverse background in internal auditing, risk management and fraud examination. Over the last decade, he has taught various unique auditing and fraud-related courses to multinational corporations and government entities globally. Mourtada uses modern psychology theories related to fraud combined with innovative, interactive and creative teaching methods to add value to the learning process of more than 10,000 professionals globally. He is the General Manager of OpenThinking, a leading business training company in Dubai and an authorized trainer with the ACFE to teach the CFE Exam Review Course in the UAE. He is the author of several internal audit and anti-fraud books and frequent speaker in many international conferences for IIA, IMA and ACFE.
Sherif Saeed, CPA
Senior General Manager of Fraud Detection
Abdul Latif Jameel Motors
Sherif Saeed is a forensic accountant with more than 20 years of experience leading major multi-jurisdictional investigations in the U.S., Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. He has both worked for and investigated global Fortune 500 companies. He has also worked for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services in New York and Philadelphia, Bank of New York Mellon and Etisalat (UAE and KSA). He was head of forensic for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services (Singapore). He has firsthand experience dealing with WorldCom/MCI’s financial statement fraud and Siemens AG’s global bribery investigation. Saeed is currently working as head of fraud detection for a major Toyota/Lexus distributor in the Middle East.