2016 ACFE European


20-22 March 2016  |  Brussels

Join top anti-fraud professionals at this premier event and learn the latest techniques and tools in the fight against fraud.

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Conference Speakers

Featured Speakers

Alexandra Wrage
President,TRACE International, Inc.
Former Member, FIFA Independent Governance Committee

United States

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 International.

Johan Denolf
Chief Commissioner, Belgian Federal Police

Johan Denolf has more than 35 years of experience in law enforcement focusing on financial crime and fraud. Currently a permanent member of the Belgian Financial Intelligence Unit, he has also been a member of the Supervisory Committee of OLAF (the European anti-fraud office) since 2012. Previous roles include 13 years as the Director DJF – Directorate Ecofin for the Federal Judicial Police in Belgium, holding the rank of Chief Commissioner. Denolf is also a past Director of the School of Criminology, Brussels, the national training centre of the Belgian Judiciary Police, the Belgian Magistrates, the Belgian anti-corruption directorate and the Belgian Secret Service. He began his career at Judiciary Police Bruges, moving from an inspector in the financial and fraud unit to senior officer. He is an accredited forensic financial auditor and speaks on anti-fraud and corruption subjects to national and international institutions, Belgian police academies and universities. In addition to this, Denolf has authored numerous publications about international police cooperation, financial, social and economic criminality, fraud fighting, corruption and corporate governance..

Anita Raghavan
Investigative journalist
The Billionaire's Apprentice
United Kingdom

Anita Raghavan came to the United States in 1970 from Malaysia. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she spent eighteen years at The Wall Street Journal where she won the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the mergers and acquisition boom in Europe, and the New York Press Club award for her reporting on the near death of the hedge fund Long-Term Capital. In 2008, she became the London Bureau Chief for Forbes. Her first book, The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund, was published in 2013 and hailed by The New York Times as “the best form of journalism, an early draft of history.” Currently Raghavan is a contributor to The New York Times and Forbes magazine.

Mark Livschitz
Attorney, Mark Livschitz AG

In July 2015, Mark Livschitz started his private practice, Mark Livschitz AG, which focuses on white-collar criminal defense and anti-corruption/anti-money laundering corporate compliance. Beyond compliance, he advises companies on corporate integrity. Before this Livschitz held positions as an associate in the areas of litigation and white-collar crime, later becoming a partner in an international law firm in Zurich where he led the local white-collar crime and compliance practice.

Livschitz’s experience includes a variety of matters in both the advisory and litigation areas. For example, he has been appointed Corporate Compliance Monitor by the U.S. Department of Justice for a multinational German company. Livschitz has participated as a legal authority in anti-corruption projects organised by the OECD, OSCE, UNODC and the Council of Europe. He led various large and complex internal cross-border anti-corruption investigations involving multiple jurisdictions, several high profile criminal defense cases in court as well as numerous civil litigations, mostly related to compliance investigations. In addition to this, Livschitz advised a FINMA Investigation Agent in a complex cross-border investigation of a multinational Swiss bank.

Maarten Daman
Head of the Security Division and General Services Division, International Court of Justice

Maarten Daman is the Head of Security Division of the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN), based in The Hague in the Netherlands. He is responsible for all physical, information and IT security at the Court, as well as for internal investigations. Prior to joining the ICJ, Daman worked for the European Police Office (EUROPOL), where he was a member of the Data Protection Office. He has assisted in numerous international investigations into organised crime, terrorism and other forms of serious crime

Liseli Pennings, CFE
Deputy Training Director, ACFE
United States

Liseli Pennings is the Deputy Training Director for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Pennings was a Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Inspector General’s Office for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and previously a career Special Agent and Diplomat with the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) with over 16 years of service as a Special Agent. A Subject Matter Expert in fraud investigations, physical security, and protective security, Pennings supervised hundreds of international and domestic fraud investigations that entailed contract fraud, diplomatic immunity cases, passport and visa fraud, internal fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, asset misappropriation, drug and human trafficking, extraditions, and terrorism cases.

Pennings was the Regional Security Officer/Law Enforcement Attaché in Santiago, Chile and Deputy Regional Security Officer/Deputy Law Enforcement Attaché in The Hague, The Netherlands, Agent-In-Charge of the International Police Cooperation Center for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and Resident Agent-In-Charge of a U.S. Department of State Office in Texas

Pennings taught and mentored over 500 Special Agents as the lead instructor and program manager for Protective Security at the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Training Center and an instructor at the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA). She served on the protective security details for Secretary of State Madeline Albright and Colin Powell, managed logistics for the visit of U.S. Presidents to Chile and the Netherlands and conducted security and law enforcement operations in over 35 countries. Pennings was awarded 7 of the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious and Superior Honor Award, is fluent in Spanish and Dutch and proficient in French and Portuguese.

Session Speakers

Jonathan Bowers
Senior Fraud and Data Specialist, Trustev

Jonathan Bowers has more than 10 years of experience in fraud investigation, from investigating insurance fraud cases and compiling cases against suspect claimants, to payday loan fraud and global retail ecommerce. He now works at Trustev, working with customers to customise their own anti-fraud platform to suit their requirements. Bowers works with many different types of fraud globally, actively seeking out new fraud trends and understanding the tools and tricks fraudsters use to commit on-line fraud. Bowers seeks to be ahead of the fraudster, proactively preventing and intelligently detecting fraud globally.

Steven David Brown

Steven David Brown qualified as a barrister before joining the police service in London, later serving with NCIS and Europol. His work in international technical assistance since 2005 has included extended periods in Central Asia (for UNODC), Croatia, Armenia and Romania. Until recently he was project managing the Global Action on Cybercrime for the Council of Europe.

Michael Fitzgerald, CFE
Head of Special Investigations, Allied Irish Bank

Michael Fitzgerald has spent around 30 years working in the finance sector in both the U.K. and Ireland in which time he has worked in a number of roles for various banks, which has included the management and investigation of financial crime effecting the banks customers and internal related matters, which have included but are not limited to fraud and theft offences, conflict of interest breaches and other serious reputational matters. Fitzgerald is currently the Head of Allied Irish Bank (AIB) Groups Special Investigations Unit which is based in Dublin. The primary responsibilities centre around internal (staff) investigations where he is involved in certain high profile cases, and accountable for the development and strategy of the unit.

Paul Fournier, CFE
Senior Internal Audit Manager, RTL Group

Paul Fournier is a Senior Internal Audit Manager at RTL Group, a Leading Entertainment Network, headquarter in Luxembourg with worldwide operations. He specializes in operational and risk-based audits and is also in charge of the group-wide internal control self-assessment exercise. Through his previous experience as a manager in a Consulting firm, Fournier worked in Sarbanes-Oxley and other highly regulated environments and helped to ensure compliance with the ever-increasing requirements in terms of control mitigation. In addition, Fournier is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Stephen Hill Ph.D.
Director, Snowdrop Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom

Dr. Stephen Hill is the Director of Data & Intelligence at the leading investigation firm Absolute Partnership, specialising in online investigations, cybercrime and data security and compliance. Before joining Absolute Stephen set up his own company, Snowdrop Consulting Ltd, with the aim of providing education and consultancy to the private and public sector in online investigations and open source intelligence, counter fraud, cybercrime and data security. He has developed and delivered a series of data security, counter fraud, cybercrime, IT governance, and internet investigations and OSINT courses aimed at the private and public sector. In addition Stephen has trained U.K. police forces (including Operation Podium in the buildup to the 2012 Olympics, SOCA and the newly formed NCA), private-sector fraud units, not-for-profit organisations, and major world banks, telecommunication companies and retailers.

Cliff Lansley
CEO, Emotional Intelligence Academy
United Kingdom

Cliff Lansley is CEO of Paul Ekman International plc (PEI) which is owned by the Emotional Intelligence Academy. PEI specialises in using reliable science in developing and delivering programmes in emotional awareness and deception. PEI is the sole authorised provider of training based on the work of Dr. Paul Ekman, and its aim is to spread this fascinating science-based training through a global network of Licensed Delivery Centres and Approved Trainers. He featured as Behavioural Analyst Expert for ITV’s documentary "Lying Game – Crimes that Fooled Britain" and also with BBC. He has worked with police, security and other personnel from military, airport, intelligence and commercial sector organisations in more than 20 countries across all continents. He is part of a team developing a leading-edge SCAnR™ system, designed for real-time veracity judgments

For the last 27 years he has also been a Director and shareholder of Development Processes Group plc. Over this period, Lansley has driven the development of a range of diagnostic, development and coaching processes for managers and leaders. For the last five years he has been researching and developing programmes with Dr. Ekman in the areas of emotional awareness and evaluating truthfulness and deception with published work in this field.

Victoria Meyer, CFE, ACCA
Director, Swiss International Business Academy

Victoria Meyer is a Director of the Swiss International Business Academy. She trained in the Forensic Services Department of KPMG London before moving on to coordinate the European Forensic Technology practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers. After more than a decade in Big 4 Forensic practices, she now works mainly in the financial services sector and has worked with the UN, OFAC and other government agencies on a new format for anti-terrorism sanctions information. She began working with identity data on social security fraud investigations and has since used increasingly sophisticated linguistic matching techniques to support investigations as diverse as FCPA, insider trading and mortgage fraud enquiries, as well as high profile assignments for the UN and the search for dormant bank accounts dating from the Second World War.

Hugh Penri-Williams, CFE, CIA, CCSA, CRMA
Owner, Glaniad 1865

High Penri-Williams has more than forty years of experience in auditing, consulting and training activities in governance, internal audit, risk management, internal control and more. Penri-Williams has delivered such services and more to both private and public sector organisations. In addition to this Penri-Williams teaches at a university level, including his instruction of the CFE Exam Review Course as part of the ACFE Authorised Trainer Program.

Matty Pleumeekers, CFE, M.Sc., RE, ACDA
Director, MP Analytics BV

Matty Pleumeekers worked for Ernst & Young TSRS for 8 years as one of the principle data analysts using CAATs for both regular (financial) audits and special assignments, including fraud investigations. Previously Pleumeekers has worked as a Senior Internal Control Advisor for Essent Trading where he identified operational and (trader) fraud risks, quantified the exposure, then reported and presented the solutions to senior management. Pleumeekers has worked as a senior IT auditor, responsible for reporting operational and information system audits with data analytics and leading fraud investigations. Pleumeekers now owns his own company to help companies govern their business and fraud risks using data analysis, process mining, continuous control monitoring and continuous auditing.

Dr. Ursula Schmidt
Executive Vice President Audit and Compliance, RTL Group SA

Dr. Ursula Schmidt is head of the Audit & Compliance team of RTL Group. She devises and executes the internal audit plan and the compliance program for RTL Group’s worldwide operations. The key focus points are promoting fraud risk awareness, case handling, investigation, execution and supporting the operations with pragmatic and meaningful recommendations to constantly improve internal controls, enhance operational efficiency and reduce the risk of fraud. Prior to taking over the internal audit practice she held senior positions in strategy and controlling in RTL Group and served as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Channel Five for several years.

Peter Temminck, CFE, RFA
Investigator, NN Group

Temminck is an Investigator at the Corporate Security & Investigations department at NN Group where he investigates internal incidents for all business units within the NN group all over the world. He has more than 15 years of investigative and anti-fraud experience and has worked in several financial institutions. In addition to this, Temminck worked for the Economic Investigative Services (FIOD-ECD), specialising in economic crimes.

Martin Vaughan
Executive Associate, Forensic Interview Solutions (FIS)
United Kingdom

Martin Vaughan has 30 years of experience in the police force, after which becoming a sought after expert in the field of forensic investigative interviewing. As a detective sergeant attached to the Major Incident Team he performed the roll of Interview Adviser on numerous high profile investigations including cases of child abuse, high-stake fraud, sexual abuse, internal investigations and more than 70 murder investigations. Vaughan delivers training to law enforcement agencies across the UK and various Universities on Forensic Psychology masters programmes.

2016 ACFE European Fraud Conference