• ACFE Faculty


    Gerard M. Zack, CFE, CPA, CIA, CCEP
    Managing Director – Global Forensics
    BDO Consulting
    Washington, D.C.

    Gerard ZackGerard Zack is a managing director in the global forensics practice of BDO Consulting and is based in Washington, DC. He has more than 30 years of experience providing fraud prevention, detection, and investigation services, as well as forensic accounting, fraud risk assessment, auditing, and risk management. He brings a rich investigative and audit background to provide proactive anti-fraud services for his clients, such as designing data analytics programs, fraud awareness training programs, and performing fraud and compliance risk assessments, all aimed at prevention and early detection of corrupt behavior.

    He has worked with businesses in many industries, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies globally. Prior to joining international firm BDO, he ran his own anti-fraud services firm, Zack P.C., since 1990. Before that, he was an audit manager with another international accounting firm. Along the way, he took a two-year hiatus from his practice to serve as chief operating and compliance officer for an international scientific organization.

    Zack is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), and he holds a Certificate in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). In addition to serving clients, he has been on the faculty of the ACFE since 2006, providing anti-fraud training in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. He is the 2009 recipient of the ACFE’s James Baker Speaker of the Year Award. He served a two-year term on the ACFE’s Board of Regents for 2014–2015, including service as Chair in 2015.

    Zack is the author of Fraud Magazine’s bi-monthly column, “The ACFE Cookbook,’ discussing 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 course Uncovering Fraud with Financial and Ratio Analysis, and he has contributed to several other ACFE course manuals. He is the author of numerous articles on fraud-related topics and is a highly sought speaker at conferences, including the ACFE Global Fraud Conference and those sponsored by the AICPA and many other groups.

    Zack earned his M.B.A. in finance at Loyola University in Maryland and his B.S.B.A. in accounting from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He can be contacted by email at gzack@bdo.com