Pav Gill, a former Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance
lawyer, is best known for being the whistleblower who exposed Wirecard —
one of Europe's greatest financial scandals. He will join other whistleblowers
and leaders in the anti-fraud field as a keynote speaker for the virtual 2021 ACFE
Fraud Conference Asia-Pacific, 22-24 September.
Gill told the ACFE that governments around the world need
to do more to support whistleblowers. “If members of the general public are
encouraged to report crimes, then why not employees in companies?” he asked.
“Governments should consider creating independent whistleblowing bodies which
are able to counsel potential whistleblowers without judgement or reprise.
These bodies or agencies should provide both a counselling function and
Gill, who is currently the chief legal officer for digital
assets and wealth generation platform Zipmex, also called for more oversight in
auditing. “There needs to be a much stronger accountability framework for
independent auditors,” he said. “A paradigm shift in mindset needs to happen
with regard to why exposing criminal activities should be viewed more
respectably than keeping silent — for example, employees in critical
control functions such as legal and compliance must be held accountable if they
knew but did nothing … this could be viewed not only as a failure of
professional ethics and responsibility, but also aiding [and] abetting the
Other conference speakers include Theranos whistleblower
Erika Cheung, WorldCom whistleblower and CEO of Coopergroup Cynthia Cooper,
head of investigations of the European Investment Bank Bernard O’Donnell and
more. Attendees will hear from anti-fraud experts on topics ranging from
anti-corruption controls in the Asia-Pacific region and cybercrime to emerging
trends in data science and corporate consciousness.
To learn more about the conference, visit FraudConference.com/AsiaPac.