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The ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East speaker lineup features experts in the anti-fraud industry. These leaders will share their insights and address key issues relevant to you. The full list of speakers will be announced soon. View a list of speakers currently confirmed for the 2020 ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East below.


Featured Speakers


H.E. Abdulla Mohammed Saeed Ghobash

Director General
Financial Audit Authority – Dubai

His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Saeed Ghobash is a former State Minister of the Federal Government, currently holding the position of Director General of Financial Audit Authority of the Government of Dubai since June 2016.

He is a member of the Executive Council of Dubai, a member of the Higher Board of the DIFC, and an independent member of DPW Board.

In his current position in the Financial Audit Authority, he aims to protect the public funds. Whereas, H.E. has worked for the Central Bank and held the position of regional manager of National Bank of Abu Dhabi, in addition to his hands-on experience in developing audit strategies in the financial institutions, international investments and investment funds. During his tenure in the said bank, he held a number of senior administrative posts and chaired different committees. Also, he has held previously membership of various boards in the region, including Etisalat, DFM, Nasdaq Dubai, Emaar, Awqaf, Minors Affairs Foundation of Dubai and Noor Bank.

H.E. has further participated in a number of conferences featuring the strategies of the international financial institutions, in addition to his participation in the financial sector budget planning.

H.E. Ghobash holds number of qualifications including a bachelor’s degree, a banking (corporate finance analysis) diploma from The Wharton Business School (of the University of Pennsylvania) and a banking diploma in corporate finance and international investments from Citibank NA in Athens, Greece. He also holds a banking certificate in International Capital Market from Bankers Trust in London.

H.E. Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri

Director General, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri is the director general of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) - Dubai. GDFRA regulates the residency of foreign nationals and the entry and exit of international travelers to and from the Emirate of Dubai.

Dr. Alexander F. Wagner

Associate Professor of Finance
University of Zurich

Alexander Wagner is a senior chair at the Swiss Finance Institute and an associate professor of finance at the University of Zurich. He earned his Ph.D in political economy from Harvard University. Prior to that, he completed studies in economics and law in his hometown of Linz, Austria. Wagner’s practical experience derives from his work as an independent counsel for PwC and from serving as the chairman of a proxy advisor. His research focuses on corporate finance and governance, investments, and behavioral economics and finance. He has recently investigated how investors perceive the value of straight and vague talk of managers, and the stock market implications of political elections in the U.S.

Dr. Alexis Stenfors

Former Rogue Trader*

Dr. Alexis Stenfors spent 15 years as a foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives trader at HSBC, Citi, Crédit Agricole and Merrill Lynch. In early 2009, he deliberately mismarked his trading positions at Merrill Lynch, which resulted in a five-year prohibition order by the FSA. Labelled as “one of the world’s most infamous rogue traders,” Stenfors returned to academia to write a doctoral thesis with the title “Determining the LIBOR: A Study of Power and Deception” at SOAS (University of London). His research on manipulative and collusive practices has since been published in journals such as the “Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Review of Political Economy and Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory.” He is also the author of “Barometer of Fear: An Insider’s Account of Rogue Trading and the Greatest Banking Scandal in History.” Dr. Stenfors is a frequent consultant, guest lecturer and public speaker.

*The ACFE does not compensate former rogue traders.

Bethmara Kessler, CFE, CISA

Consultant, Advisor and ACFE Faculty Member
ACFE Regent

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.

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.

Breakout Speakers

Waheed Alkahtani, CFE

Executive Director
Saudi Anti-Fraud Association

Waheed Alkahtani is executive director of the Saudi Anti-Fraud Association (SAFA), a nonprofit professional association and an affiliate of with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner's (ACFE) Saudi Arabia Chapter. In addition, he is an auditing consultant with Saudi Aramco Internal Audits. Alkahtani has more than 19 years of experience with Saudi Aramco and more than 10 years with other companies in Saudi Arabia.

He jointly conducted several studies into ethics hotlines, codes of conduct and anti-fraud programmes. In addition, he was responsible for designing, deploying and implementing the Saudi Aramco General Auditor Hotline in 2010. In 2009, Alkahtani reestablished the local chapter of the ACFE in Dhahran, which was later named the ACFE Saudi Arabia Chapter 86.

Captain Mohammed E. Al Marri

Head of Performance Audit, GDRFA Dubai

Captain Mohammed E. Al Marri has served as the head of performance audit at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai since 2010. He graduated from Kingston University in London with a Master of Science in accounting and finance in 2015 and from Dubai Men’s College with a bachelor’s degree with honors in business administration in 2012. Al Marri is in charge of designing the annual audit engagements on internal operations, strategic planning policies and evaluating the internal financial misconducts for the GDRFA.

Ritesh Bhatia, CEH, DCPP, DCPLA

Director - Cybercrime Investigations, V4WEB

If you have watched MTV’s Troll Police, then you would have seen Ritesh Bhatia playing himself as a cybercrime investigator. Bhatia, founder and director of V4WEB Cybersecurity, has investigated and solved complex cybercrime cases for corporations, government organisations, law enforcement agencies and individuals in India and abroad. His other areas of specialisation include cybersecurity implementation, IT audits, darknet research and investigations, and data privacy and protection.

His views on trending cybercrimes and cybersecurity are sought and published by many media houses including Times of India, Indian Express, Hindustan Times and DNA. He has appeared on national television channels and radio stations such as CNBC, NDTV, Times Mirror Now, IndiaTV, Aaj Tak, Zee News, Radio City, Red FM, and Radio Mirchi to highlight the dangers in the cyberspace.

Rajiv Gupta, CFE, CISA, CA

Senior Vice President, Global Audits & Risk
Diageo India

Rajiv Gupta is an author, international speaker and a mentor. He is currently senior vice president, global audits and risk at Diageo India. He has also worked as head of internal controls for India and Southwest Asia at Coca-Cola and assurance manager with PwC in India and London. Gupta is an RPA (Robotics Process Automation) evangelist and subject matter expert in the field of forensic accounting and fraud prevention. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in designing fraud prevention programs, forensic accounting, automation of data analytics, internal controls, risk assessment and SOX/internal audits. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor, certified in COBIT v5 (F) and holds Diploma in Information Systems Audit (ICAI). He is the author of “Technical Guide on Internal Audit of Beverage Industry” published by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) in December 2013.

Gupta has been a guest speaker for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Software Asset Management Strategy (SAMS) Europe and the National Academy for Direct Taxes (NADT). He has spoken on fraud prevention, fraud risk assessment, deep dive intelligence, financial statements fraud and other issues at professional conferences in Australia, Germany, Hongkong, Dubai, Scotland and India.

Kanupriya Jain, CA

Control Risks

Kanupriya Jain is a director with nearly 14 years of experience working on complex multijurisdictional investigations and advising senior client management on proactive risk mitigation. She has experience working in more than 15 countries in the Middle East and Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

Her areas of expertise include financial and nonfinancial investigations, complex and multijurisdictional problem solving, U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, and advising clients on risk mitigation. Jain has assisted several multinational clients in managing problems and led senior management trainings. She was named as an “asset recovery expert” for India by Who’s Who Legal Magazine in 2014 and 2015. She has co-authored the white paper "Grey Practices – Fuelling Fraud and Corruption in the Indian Business Environment," spoken at the ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East, and has contributed to published articles on fraud and corruption in Asia. Jain is a Chartered Accountant, holding bachelor of law and bachelor of commerce degrees. She is fluent in English and Hindi.

Mohamad Kaissi, CFE, CIA

Head of Internal Audit
Banque Misr Liban

Mohamad Kaissi is a governance, risk and compliance (GRC) specialist with more than 15 years of experience. He observed the mechanisms of monitoring functions from both sides of the spectrum, as a consultant and a practitioner. As a consultant, he helped organisations establish their second and third lines of defense by helping boards of directors strengthen their governance models. As a practitioner, Kaissi obtained an in-depth view of the detailed challenges facing organisations in effectively reaping the rewards from the implementation of successful GRC frameworks.

Kaissi is the head of internal audit at Banque Misr Liban and the president of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Lebanon Chapter. He previously worked with both Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services in the Middle East and Ernst & Young Business Risk Services in Doha, Qatar.

Serhat Khan, CPA, CMA, CISA

Chief Audit Executive
National Petroleum Construction Company

Serhat Khan is the chief audit executive at National Petroleum Construction Company. He was previously the director of internal audit at McDermott and Chicago Bridge and Iron in the U.S., where he led global teams focused on internal audit, investigations, risk management and process improvements. Prior to that, he held senior accounting and audit roles at Kohler Company in the U.S.

During his career spanning more than 17 years, Khan has audited major projects in more than 45 countries and led global investigations. His experience includes working with external counsel, corporate security and law enforcement in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Sherman McGrew, J.D., CFE

Program Analyst, Transportation Safety Administration, (TSA)

Sherman McGrew is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He entered military service in 1979, retiring as a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel in 2010. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and has had three active duty deployments, to include two combat tours in Iraq in 2003 and 2008. In 2008 he worked extensively with the U.K. Military and the U.K. Civilian Police Contingent in Basra, Iraq.

He entered law enforcement in 1987 and retired as a captain with the Waterbury, Connecticut Police Department in 2009, having also served as a patrolman, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. He has conducted literally thousands of interviews with suspects and has lectured on interview and interrogation to both police, military and international audiences. As a detective, he extensively investigated financial crimes, securing convictions while at all times respecting the rights of the accused.

Iyad Mourtada, CFE, CIA, CRMA, CCSA

Managing Director, OpenThinking Academy

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.

Robin Singh, CFE, CCEP-I, HCCP

Compliance and Ethics Lead
Abu Dhabi Government Healthcare Sector

Robin Singh was named one of the “Top-50 Smart leaders” across the Middle East in the field of healthcare ethics and compliance. He was also named to tje “40 under Forty” list by the National Association of Valuators. He has worked across jurisdictions such as UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Singapore, India and Afghanistan. A recognised subject matter expert in the field of healthcare ethics, compliance and fraud investigations, Singh is experienced in strategically navigating Fortune 500 companies and governments through ethical and regulatory dilemmas. He has developed client adaptive programs on ethics and compliance, and an anti-bribery and anti-fraud framework during his tenure with a Big 4 firm and Protiviti.

Singh, after assisting a healthcare governmental entity set up a compliance and ethics program, has now moved on to a role in legal affairs to develop an entity-wide regulatory affairs risk management program.

Gerard M. Zack, CFE, CCEP, CIA

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

Gerry Zack is the CEO of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and Health Care Compliance Association, a position he assumed in November 2017 after more than 30 years of experience providing preventive, detective and investigative services involving fraud, corruption and diverse compliance matters. He has worked with businesses of all sizes and in many industries, nonprofit organizations and government agencies globally. Prior to joining SCCE and HCCA, Zack was in the global forensics practice of BDO. He founded his own fraud and compliance risk advisory and forensic accounting firm in 1990 and operated that practice for 20 years. Before that, he was an audit manager with an international accounting firm. Along the way, he served for two years as chief operating and compliance officer for an international scientific organisation.

For two years, Zack was the author of “The ACFE Cookbook,” a column in Fraud Magazine devoted to financial statement fraud cases, and has authored three books on fraud: Financial Statement Fraud: Strategies for Detection and Investigation (2013), Fair Value Accounting Fraud: New Global Risks and Detection Techniques (2009), and Fraud and Abuse in Nonprofit Organizations: A Guide to Prevention and Detection (2003). He is also the principal author of the ACFE seminar Uncovering Fraud with Financial and Ratio Analysis, and he has contributed to several other ACFE course manuals.

Col. Saeed M. Al Hajri

Director of Cybercrime Department, Criminal Investigation Department, Dubai Police

Col. Saeed M. Al Hajri is currently the director of the cybercrime department at the Dubai Police - Criminal Investigation Department. He has been with the force for more than 25 years of combatting cyber and financial fraud-related crime. He is backed by a team of professionals who work tirelessly around the clock, every day of the year to protect both private and public interests. He was previously the Chairman of the Interpol MENA Division overseeing and coordinating high-tech crimes.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in law and police science from the prestigious Dubai Police Academy He also holds two postgraduate degrees including a Masters of Science in innovation and technology from Boston University and a Masters of Science in forensic computing and cybercrime investigation from UCD Dublin Ireland. His goal is to serve the UAE in his best capabilities under the wise leadership of the President of the UAE, Vice-President of the UAE, Minister of Interior of the UAE and Commander in Chief of Dubai Police.

Stanislav Alforov

Director of Research & Development, Gemini Advisory

Stas Alforov started his cyber career at the National Cyber Forensic Training Alliance (NCFTA) as part of the Cyber Financial program. He focused on identifying Eastern European threats to the payments industry, monitored and identified money mule networks, and led the U.S. participation in the Airline Action Days operations for several years. He has used his knowledge of cybercriminal organisations, operational security, and tactics, techniques, and procedures to assist both the financial sector and domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies. He now serves as the director of research and development at Gemini Advisory, where he identifies and improves ways of monitoring asset portfolio exposure and effectively assists financial institutions in mitigating payment card fraud.

Deepa Chandrasekhar, CFE, CAMS

Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer & Money Laundering Reporting Officer
United Gulf Bank

Deepa Chandrasekhar is a senior vice president, chief compliance officer and money laundering reporting officer of United Gulf Bank B.S.C. in Bahrain. In a career spanning more than 31 years, she has worked extensively in the Middle East in the areas of compliance, risk management, treasury, operations and internal audit. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Alberta, Canada, as well as several professional designations. Chandrasekhar is a member of the steering committee of the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), Bahrain Chapter, and the advisory council of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), Bahrain Chapter. She also serves as an international moderator in the fields of compliance and corporate governance for the Finance Accreditation Agency in Malaysia. Chandrasekhar is a frequent speaker at professional forums and has published several articles on finance.

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.

Salmin Jadavji, CFE, CAMS, LLM

Regional Head of Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Africa and Middle East
Standard Chartered Bank

Salmin Jadavji is the regional head of anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) for Africa and the Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank. Previously, Jadavji was the head of anti-bribery and anti-corruption at HSBC Bank Canada, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the bank’s ABC program. He was also the chief AML officer at MCAN. Before that he served as the deputy chief AML officer at BMO, where he assessed the bank’s global AML policies, procedures, reporting processes and risk assessments. He also previously served as the senior audit manager at CIBC, where he developed and implemented an AML independent-testing program enterprise-wide. Jadavji also worked for Canada’s federal bank regulator, the Office of the Superintendent for Financial Institutions (OSFI), as a senior compliance officer.

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2020 ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East