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Sessions

20 CPE (17 In-Person and 3 Online)

In addition to notable keynote speakers, the 2020 ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East features four 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.

Sunday, 23 February
09:00h-10:20h

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2A: Overcoming Common Challenges in Interviews
Sherman McGrew, J.D., CFE
Program Analyst, U.S. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)

This session will focus on situations where a suspected fraudster has been identified, and what you should do to obtain admissions or an outright confession. This session will identify difficult situations you might encounter and how to effectively deal with them. Examples include openly antagonistic suspects, legally turning up the heat on a suspect, using evidence in an interview, obtaining and documenting confessions, and preparing for court.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Apply pressure legally
  • Use physical evidence effectively
  • Take notes inconspicuously during an interview
  • Develop admissions into oral confessions
  • Develop an oral confession into a written confession

CPE: 1.6
Level: Advanced
Recommended Prerequisites: Experience as a fraud examiner; Experience conducting admission-seeking interviews
Field of Study: Communications and Marketing

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2B: AI-Based Cybercrimes and Prevention
Ritesh Bhatia
Director - Cybercrime Investigations, V4WEB

Hackers are not one but 10 steps ahead of fraud examiners, and they have already mastered the latest cybercrimes that use artificial intelligence. Deep fakes, spear phishing, drone swarms, and AI bots are the next-generation tools of fraudsters, and if companies do not protect themselves from these attacks, the damage could potentially destroy entire businesses.

This session will explore current trends in cybercrimes, and discuss AI-based cybercrime trends using case studies. Finally, it will discuss possible prevention methods for these crimes.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify current trends in cybercrimes
  • Compare AI-based cybercrimes
  • Recognise these trends in case studies
  • Evaluate prevention methods

CPE: 1.6
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge of existing cybercrimes such as phishing, social engineering and current cybersecurity measures that have been adopted
Field of Study: Information Technology

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2C: What Is the Value of Corporate Ethics?
Waheed Alkahtani, CFE
Executive Director, Saudi Anti-Fraud Association

Does ethics really matter, especially when so many ethical decisions fall into gray areas? This session will provide an overview of the value of ethics and how it enhances the corporate fight against fraud and corruption. It will raise your understanding about the importance of the ethical decision-making and codes of conduct for individuals and organisations. We will define the importance of corporate ethics, debate several ethical scenarios and introduce methods to reach the best ethical decision.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Define business ethics
  • Examine individuals’ ethics and how we reach ethical decisions
  • Recognise the potential seriousness of conflicts of interest and how they affect ethical decision-making
  • Discuss the value of conducting business with the highest ethical and legal standards

CPE: 1.6
Level: Basic
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

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2D: Fraud and Money Laundering: What's the Connection?
Salmin Jadavji, CFE, CAMS, LLM
Regional Head of Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank

Massive frauds are hitting the headlines more frequently, from cyberfraud to online scams used by organised crime and terrorist groups to fund their operations. How is fraud connected to money laundering? Can anti-money laundering programs help detect frauds? Should fraud and AML groups be combined into a Financial Crime Unit within an organisation?

This session will examine these questions and others related to the links between fraud and money laundering. It will compare the concepts of money laundering risk and fraud risk using recent examples and case studies to highlight this connection. You will learn how AML programs could be used to assist in detection and prevention of frauds. Finally, the session will evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of combining the AML group and fraud group into one unit.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Use case studies to understand how fraud and money laundering are connected
  • Identify how AML and anti-fraud teams can work together to fight fraudsters and protect their organisations
  • Compare fraud risks and money laundering risks that organisations face

CPE: 1.6
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Understanding of fraud and money laundering techniques and concepts
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

10:45h-12:10h

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Opening General Session

CPE: 1.7
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Behavioural Ethics

12:10h-13:30h
Lunch/Prayer
13:30h-14:50h

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3A: Leadership in the World of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Rajiv Gupta, CFE, CISA, CA
Senior Vice President, Global Audits & Risk, Diageo India

We are on the brink of technological revolution that will change the way we live, work, interact and relate to each other. Robotics and AI will become a new reality whether we decide to embrace them or not. Everything that can be automated, will be automated. Rules of the game will change. And as leaders, we need to be change agents. Our responsibility will be to make sure everyone is informed and prepared for the upcoming changes. This session is a glimpse into the future of leadership.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognize how latest technological developments are changing the world around us
  • Describe what these changes mean to business leaders
  • Identify how these changes will impact the way we manage and lead a team of human beings (who might be replaced by robots)

CPE: 1.6
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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3B: Session Details Coming Soon

Session details coming soon.

CPE: 1.6

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3C: Session Presented by GDRFA, Details Coming Soon

Session details coming soon.

CPE: 1.6

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3D: The Nomination and Remuneration Committee: The Fraud Prevention Tool We Do Not Talk About
Mohamad Kaissi, CFE, CIA
Head of Internal Audit, Banque Misr Liban

The nomination and remuneration committee (NRC) of a board of directors can play a significant role in fraud prevention. An effective NRC ensures the nomination of competent directors and senior managers, and establishes remuneration strategies that limit fraudulent behaviour and encourage solid and safe business growth. This session will shed light on the important role that NRCs have in fraud prevention. We will discuss best practices that can be recommended by auditors, consultants and anti-fraud professionals, and implemented by members of such committees

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognise key corporate governance topics as they relate to NRCs
  • Identify best practices of NRCs to prevent remuneration schemes at the director and C-suite level
  • Assess the role the NRC plays in nominating directors and C-suite executives
  • Discuss cases of weak remuneration strategies that resulted in fraudulent behaviour

CPE: 1.6
Level: Advanced
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge of corporate governance principles, and experience developing anti-fraud programs
Field of Study: Auditing

15:20h-16:40h

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4A: Emerging Tools and Trends to Assess and Monitor Fraud Risks
Serhat Khan, CPA, CMA, CISA
Chief Audit Executive, National Petroleum Construction Company

Fraud risks change as a project progresses through its various phases. These fraud risks need to be factored into a risk assessment, and resources need to be allocated to monitor them. You should be alert to the possible schemes that fraudsters might deploy and think a few steps ahead to prevent and detect the schemes. This session will use case studies from the engineering, procurement and construction industry, along with other key industries in the region, to highlight the latest trends and developments to monitor fraud risks.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify areas with high inherent risk for fraud
  • Monitor changing risks as projects progress
  • Develop a robust audit program

CPE: 1.6
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Auditing

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4B: Managing Complex Cross-Border Investigations
Kanupriya Jain, CA
Director, Control Risks

This session will provide best practices to manage investigations across borders. We will discuss trigger events that prompt investigations and steps for planning the investigation, including triaging, scoping and collecting data. We will address key investigative considerations and how to harness technology during a case. Finally, we will explore internal reporting and responding to regulators, along with remediation and looking to the future.

CPE: 1.6
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Experience performing multiple investigations in different jurisdictions
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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4C: Emerging Issues in Compliance and Ethics
Gerard M. Zack, CFE, CCEP, CIA
CEO, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

This session will explain how the rapidly changing role of compliance and ethics programs impacts the management of fraud risks in a global environment. Using recent legal and regulatory developments, along with cases and results of investigations from a variety of countries to illustrate global trends, you will learn how regulators and the enforcement community are reshaping how organisations should evaluate their defenses against fraud, corruption and other compliance issues. It’s no longer simply about best or recommended practices; it’s also about meeting legal and regulatory expectations.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognise the role of a compliance and ethics program in fraud risk management
  • Determine how compliance and ethics programs are evolving globally
  • Apply lessons learned from recent cases, investigations and other developments

CPE: 1.6
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Working knowledge of the components of an effective compliance and ethics program
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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4D: Planning, Analysing and Investigating Fraud Cases in 21st Century
Iyad Mourtada, CFE, CIA, CRMA, CCSA
Managing Director, OpenThinking Academy

The success or failure of any fraud examination or fraud-related interview depends on the ability of the fraud examiner to plan, analyse and investigate using the right mindset. Creative, innovative, critical and logical thinking is as essential as the technical knowledge related to handling fraud examinations. This session will discuss the how fraud examiners should rethink how to approach fraud cases in the 21st century to resolve them effectively.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Reassess your approach to and planning for investigation strategies
  • Use creative and innovative thinking to obtain evidence and information
  • Employ cognitive and critical thinking to process and analyze evidence
  • Apply logical thinking to draw conclusions and resolve cases

CPE: 1.6
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Working knowledge of fraud examination principles
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

16:45h-17:15h
Optional Session: How to Pass the CFE Exam
Monday, 24 February
09:00h-10:20h

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5A: Overcoming Common Challenges in Interviews
Sherman McGrew, J.D., CFE
Program Analyst, U.S. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)

This session will focus on situations where a suspected fraudster has been identified, and what you should do to obtain admissions or an outright confession. This session will identify difficult situations you might encounter and how to effectively deal with them. Examples include openly antagonistic suspects, legally turning up the heat on a suspect, using evidence in an interview, obtaining and documenting confessions, and preparing for court.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Apply pressure legally
  • Use physical evidence effectively
  • Take notes inconspicuously during an interview
  • Develop admissions into oral confessions
  • Develop an oral confession into a written confession

CPE: 1.6
Level: Advanced
Recommended Prerequisites: Experience as a fraud examiner; Experience conducting admission-seeking interviews
Field of Study: Communications and Marketing

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5B: AI-Based Cybercrimes and Prevention
Ritesh Bhatia
Director - Cybercrime Investigations, V4WEB

Hackers are not one but 10 steps ahead of fraud examiners, and they have already mastered the latest cybercrimes that use artificial intelligence. Deep fakes, spear phishing, drone swarms, and AI bots are the next-generation tools of fraudsters, and if companies do not protect themselves from these attacks, the damage could potentially destroy entire businesses.

This session will explore current trends in cybercrimes, and discuss AI-based cybercrime trends using case studies. Finally, it will discuss possible prevention methods for these crimes.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify current trends in cybercrimes
  • Compare AI-based cybercrimes
  • Recognise these trends in case studies
  • Evaluate prevention methods

CPE: 1.6
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge of existing cybercrimes such as phishing, social engineering and current cybersecurity measures that have been adopted
Field of Study: Information Technology

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5C: What Is the Value of Corporate Ethics?
Waheed Alkahtani, CFE
Executive Director, Saudi Anti-Fraud Association

Does ethics really matter, especially when so many ethical decisions fall into gray areas? This session will provide an overview of the value of ethics and how it enhances the corporate fight against fraud and corruption. It will raise your understanding about the importance of the ethical decision-making and codes of conduct for individuals and organisations. We will define the importance of corporate ethics, debate several ethical scenarios and introduce methods to reach the best ethical decision.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Define business ethics
  • Examine individuals’ ethics and how we reach ethical decisions
  • Recognise the potential seriousness of conflicts of interest and how they affect ethical decision-making
  • Discuss the value of conducting business with the highest ethical and legal standards

CPE: 1.6
Level: Basic
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

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5D: Fraud and Money Laundering: What's the Connection?
Salmin Jadavji, CFE, CAMS, LLM
Regional Head of Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank

Massive frauds are hitting the headlines more frequently, from cyberfraud to online scams used by organised crime and terrorist groups to fund their operations. How is fraud connected to money laundering? Can anti-money laundering programs help detect frauds? Should fraud and AML groups be combined into a Financial Crime Unit within an organisation?

This session will examine these questions and others related to the links between fraud and money laundering. It will compare the concepts of money laundering risk and fraud risk using recent examples and case studies to highlight this connection. You will learn how AML programs could be used to assist in detection and prevention of frauds. Finally, the session will evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of combining the AML group and fraud group into one unit.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Use case studies to understand how fraud and money laundering are connected
  • Identify how AML and anti-fraud teams can work together to fight fraudsters and protect their organisations
  • Compare fraud risks and money laundering risks that organisations face

CPE: 1.6
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Understanding of fraud and money laundering techniques and concepts
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

10:50h-12:10h

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6A: Deployment of Forensic Accounting Techniques (Session Will Be in Arabic)
Captain Mohammed AlMarri
Head of Performance Audit, GDRFA Dubai

In this session, you will learn about the role of forensic accounting and its impact on detecting and preventing frauds. The session will concentrate on elaborating the causes of financial frauds derived from financial crimes in different industries with the existence of accounting and auditing standards and requirements. Using characteristics of forensic accounting, the session will demonstrate the role of forensic accounting to identify financial frauds by the implementation of its techniques.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify potentially fraudulent arrangements
  • Apply forensic accounting techniques
  • Assess and implement techniques for prevention and detection

CPE: 1.6
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Auditing

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6B: Session Details Coming Soon

Session details coming soon.

CPE: 1.6

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6C: Common Pitfalls in Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Programs
Robin Singh, CFE, CCEP-I, HCCP
Compliance and Ethics Lead, Abu Dhabi Government Healthcare Sector

It is easy for organisations to make the news for the wrong reasons and impact their bottom line and their reputation. One employee’s idea of a kind gesture can be construed by someone else as an inappropriate favor. Changing geo-political scenarios and multinational workforces can lead to misunderstandings and potential conflicts of interest. Cultural sensitivity needs to be maintained while compliance standards are adhered to and dynamic policies are developed to adapt to the challenging and high-risk geographies. A proactive anti-bribery and anti-corruption framework can help organisations guide their way through the murky waters of uncertainties.

This session will discuss global anti-corruption regulations, the building blocks of an anti-corruption and bribery framework, and pitfalls to avoid when building an anti-corruption and bribery program.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify global anti-corruption regulations
  • Assess the building blocks of an anti-corruption and bribery framework
  • Recognise pitfalls to avoid when building an anti-corruption and bribery program
  • Determine the importance of hotlines

CPE: 1.6
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge of the fundamentals of anti-fraud frameworks
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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6D: Panel Discussion: Scaling Your Fraud Risk Management Approach
Moderator: Bethmara Kessler, CFE, CISA
Consultant, Advisor and ACFE Faculty Member
ACFE Regent

While the principles of fraud risk management hold true across all organisational types and sizes, the components, priorities and resources available to support these principles can vary dramatically. In this panel session, you will hear from experts from a variety of organisations about how to develop a right-size fraud risk management approach for organisations based on size and across sectors.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognise how an organisation’s size can affect its fraud risk management program
  • Assess best practices based on your organisation’s specific factors
  • Compare lessons learned from expert panelists

CPE: 1.6
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

12:10h-13:30h
Lunch/Prayer
13:30h-14:50h

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7A: Crowdfunding: A New Conduit for Fraud and Financial Crime
Deepa Chandrasekhar, CFE, CAMS
Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer & Money Laundering Reporting Officer, United Gulf Bank

During the last decade, crowdfunding has gained popularity as a complement to traditional sources of finance for start-ups and small- and medium-size enterprises. Fraudsters are exploiting the ease of access to funds and the relative anonymity of crowdfunding portals. Coupled with social media campaigns, crowdfunding services have been abused by fraudsters who have found a new conduit to raise money and disappear without delivering the promised goods or services.

This session will provide a historical background of crowdfunding and how crowdfunding works. We will discuss the differences between community-based goals (social lending/donations, subjective rewards) and financial-return goals (raising equity and debt), and identify the potential risks of crowdfunding, namely fraud, money laundering and terrorism financing.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognize the crowdfunding process and how the platforms work
  • Identify the risks of fraud associated with crowdfunding
  • Examine what potential investors can do before they part with their money

CPE: 1.6
Level: Basic
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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7B: Managing Complex Cross-Border Investigations
Kanupriya Jain, CA
Director, Control Risks

This session will provide best practices to manage investigations across borders. We will discuss trigger events that prompt investigations and steps for planning the investigation, including triaging, scoping and collecting data. We will address key investigative considerations and how to harness technology during a case. Finally, we will explore internal reporting and responding to regulators, along with remediation and looking to the future.

CPE: 1.6
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Experience performing multiple investigations in different jurisdictions
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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7C: Emerging Issues in Compliance and Ethics
Gerard M. Zack, CFE, CCEP, CIA
CEO, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

This session will explain how the rapidly changing role of compliance and ethics programs impacts the management of fraud risks in a global environment. Using recent legal and regulatory developments, along with cases and results of investigations from a variety of countries to illustrate global trends, you will learn how regulators and the enforcement community are reshaping how organisations should evaluate their defenses against fraud, corruption and other compliance issues. It’s no longer simply about best or recommended practices; it’s also about meeting legal and regulatory expectations.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognise the role of a compliance and ethics program in fraud risk management
  • Determine how compliance and ethics programs are evolving globally
  • Apply lessons learned from recent cases, investigations and other developments

CPE: 1.6
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Working knowledge of the components of an effective compliance and ethics program
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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7D: Planning, Analysing and Investigating Fraud Cases in 21st Century
Iyad Mourtada, CFE, CIA, CRMA, CCSA
Managing Director, OpenThinking Academy

The success or failure of any fraud examination or fraud-related interview depends on the ability of the fraud examiner to plan, analyse and investigate using the right mindset. Creative, innovative, critical and logical thinking is as essential as the technical knowledge related to handling fraud examinations. This session will discuss the how fraud examiners should rethink how to approach fraud cases in the 21st century to resolve them effectively.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Reassess your approach to and planning for investigation strategies
  • Use creative and innovative thinking to obtain evidence and information
  • Employ cognitive and critical thinking to process and analyze evidence
  • Apply logical thinking to draw conclusions and resolve cases

CPE: 1.6
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Working knowledge of fraud examination principles
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

15:15h-16:40h

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Closing General Session
Dr. Alexis Stenfors
Former Rogue Trader*

*The ACFE does not compensate former rogue traders.

CPE: 1.7
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Behavioural Ethics


Tuesday, 25 February
09:00h-14:20h

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Deep Dive: Taking Fraud Risk Assessment to the Next Level
Bethmara Kessler, CFE, CISA
Consultant, Advisor and ACFE Faculty Member
ACFE Regent

Not all fraud risk assessments are created equal. When done correctly, they can serve as the foundation for a complete and effective fraud risk management program. However, for some organisations, the fraud risk assessment is a one-time initiative that does little more than confirm what they already know.

How can you elevate your fraud risk assessment to ensure it provides maximum value? In this session, you’ll learn how to improve the assessment process, expand the impact and ultimately enhance your organisation’s anti-fraud culture.

Course Outline:

  • 09:00-09:50 Fraud Risk Assessment Basics Recap
  • 10:10–11:00 Taking Fraud Risk Assessment to the Next Level, Part 1
  • 11:20–12:10 Taking Fraud Risk Assessment to the Next Level, Part 2
  • 13:30–14:20 Keeping Fraud Risk Assessment Evolving

You Will Learn How To:

  • Evaluate your fraud risk assessment maturity
  • Use your fraud risk assessment to drive changes in thinking, behaviour and impact
  • Use the fraud risk assessment process and outcomes to create ongoing value for your business

CPE: 4.2
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge of fraud risk assessments
Field of Study: Auditing

12:10h-13:30h
Lunch/Prayer

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2020 ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East