CRI Group Plays Key Role at First-Ever ACFE Middle East Fraud Conference

More than 300 anti-fraud professionals gathered in Dubai this week under the kind patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of FAD, at the 2016 ACFE Middle East Fraud Conference. CRI Group was proud to be a Platinum Sponsor for the event.

Hosted by the Financial Audit Department of Dubai and held at Atlantis, the Palm, the event was the first of its kind in the Middle East. Attendees included Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs), anti-fraud specialists, internal and independent auditors, forensic accountants, information technology and IT security professionals, law enforcement and private investigators, security and loss prevention professionals, and governance, risk and compliance professionals.

CRI Group’s CEO Zafar I. Anjum, CFE, said that his company eagerly embraced the opportunity to be a Platinum Sponsor at the Middle East Fraud Conference. CRI Group’s world headquarters is located in Dubai.

 “The conference provided an unmatched opportunity for training and sharing best practices for fighting fraud in the Middle East,” Anjum said. CRI Group’s representatives met face-to-face with many of the attendees, discussing their challenges in fraud fighting – and sharing “ways we can all work together to prevent and detect more fraud – not just in the Middle East, but around the world,” Anjum said.

Fraud fighters from around the region learned the latest trends in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence during interactive sessions, educational workshops and an informative panel discussion.

Attendees also met high-ranking and reputable speakers from leading organizations in the Middle East; gained insights into best practices and cutting-edge tools and techniques to detect fraud; and forged alliances with new and existing contacts who share similar challenges and goals.

Featured speakers included Bruce Dorris, vice president and program director for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); Prof. Dr. Marco Gercke, director, Cybercrime Research Institute; Jeffrey Robinson, author and international expert on organized crime and fraud; and Hamed Kazim, CEO, HK Consulting (United Arab Emirates).

The host of the conference, the FAD, conducts regular financial audits, information systems audits and performance audits for ascertaining the extent of legality, adequacy of financial prudency and management of financial operations. The objectives include reviewing of efficiency, effectiveness and economy in planning, directing, execution, controlling and monitoring of operations.