When hundreds of anti-fraud professionals from Europe
gather in Brussels on 22-20 March for the 2016
ACFE European Fraud Conference, president and founder of TRACE
International, Alexandra Wrage, hopes that she can shed some light on
corruption and compliance issues around the world, including those affecting
football’s governing body.
As both an anti-corruption expert and a former member of
FIFA’s Independent Governance Committee, she believes not much could have
prevented the FIFA scandal that continues to unfold. She said, “The problems at
FIFA were so widespread and so broadly accepted, that I am not sure anything
could have been done to prevent the corruption. The problems, and especially
the sense of entitlement, had been entrenched for decades … it seemed that Mr.
Blatter and his friends were almost untouchable.”
She believes the answer is not to disband FIFA, but
rather entrust an interim team to come in and clean house. She recommends, “They
could push through the reforms that are needed, including installing truly independent
members on the Executive Committee, open the books to the public, and then
oversee an independent election. Whatever steps are taken, they’re going to
have to be bold if they’re to restore public confidence in the organization.”
At the conference, she will share her thoughts on not
only the FIFA scandal, but important issues she sees through her work at TRACE
International regarding global anti-bribery standards and the importance of
setting the right tone at the top when implementing controls to prevent
corruption. She will be joined at the conference by other keynote speakers
including award-winning investigative journalist and acclaimed author Anita
Raghavan, Chief Commissioner of the Belgian Federal Police Johan Denolf, Head
of the Security Division and General Services Division, International Court of
Justice Maarten Daman, Attorney Mark Livschitz and Deputy Training Director of
the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Liseli Pennings, CFE.
Breakout sessions will include discussions about digital
fraud, Bitcoin and how linguistic and cultural influences can be used to fight
against money laundering.
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Founded in 1988, the ACFE is the world's largest
anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and
education. Together with more than 75,000 members, the ACFE is reducing
business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and
objectivity within the profession. For more information, visit ACFE.com.