2016 Speaker Biographies

2016 CARE Conference Confirmed Speakers

 

  • Dan Amiram – Philip H. Geier Jr. Associate Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Dan Amiram is the  Philip H. Geier Jr. Associate Professor of Business  at the Accounting, Taxation and Business Law division at Columbia Business School. Professor Amiram’s research focuses on the effects and consequences of frictions created by information asymmetry, taxation and business law on debt and equity markets around the world. He has conducted research in the areas of debt contracting, international accounting, international taxation, foreign investments, accounting fraud and financial distress. His research provides evidence that accounting information, taxation and business law play a significant role in investors' decision-making processes and shapes the design of contracts and the financial system. Professor Amiram has received awards for both research and teaching. He is frequently asked by corporations, financial institutions and the media (including Wall Street Journal and Forbes) to advise as an expert on various issues. Professor Amiram has vast experience in the corporate world. He served and currently serves on the board of directors, including as chairman of the audit committee, of various public and private corporations. He worked as part of the controller’s team for a multinational corporation, and for PwC as a senior auditor.

 

 

  • Charles D. Bailey – Professor of Accounting and Jackson E. Ramsey Centennial Chair of Business, James Madison University

Bailey will be at James Madison University commencing Fall 2016. He previously has served on the faculties of Florida State University, the University of Central Florida and the University of Memphis. His degrees from Georgia State University include a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting) as well as an M.B.A. and B.B.A in Management. Before entering academia, he worked as credit and accounting manager for a wholesale company and as a manager in bank operations.

He has published over 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including The Accounting Review; the Journal of Accounting Research; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Management Science; Issues in Accounting Education; and other research, education and practitioner journals.

Dr. Bailey’s research has always been based in psychological theory, and recently has focused on professional ethics and professional judgment and decision making, including the implications of the dark personality factors of psychopathy and narcissism.

In October 2014, he was appointed as the inaugural editor of the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research. This followed history active involvement in the editorial process for the American Accounting Association and other accounting journals. He was Associate Editor, Journal of Accounting Education, 2013–2015; Associate Editor, Issues in Accounting Education, 2010–2012; and is currently serving on editorial boards of Accounting Horizons, Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting, and Global Perspectives on Accounting Education.

 

  • Scott Bauguess – Deputy Chief Economist, Securities and Exchange Commission

Dr. Bauguess is Deputy Chief Economist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Deputy Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis. 

In these roles, Dr. Bauguess oversees the Division’s risk assessment and custom analytics programs to enhance monitoring and investigation programs across the SEC, specifically in the areas of corporate issuers, broker dealers, and asset managers.  He directs the Commission’s economic analyses in recommendations to the Commission to enact federal rules related to corporate disclosure and governance, accounting standards, structured finance, and OTC derivatives.  His service also includes the business management of the Agency’s Tips, Complaints, and Referral (TCR) system, which was launched in 2010 to accelerate the detection of market misconduct. 

Dr. Bauguess joined the SEC in 2007 from Texas Tech University where he was on faculty in the College of Business, and continues to teach graduate courses in corporate financial policy at George Washington University.  Dr. Bauguess received his Ph.D. in Finance from Arizona State University in 2004.  He also holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and prior to his doctoral studies spent six years working as an engineer in the high tech industry.
 

  • Larry Bowers – Chief Science Officer, US Anti-Doping Agency

Dr. Larry Bowers joined USADA in September 2000 and was named the Chief Science Officer in 2009. He is globally recognized for his expertise and experience in anti-doping science and for being a pioneer in the field. Bowers provides leadership and scientific support for USADA’s programs in research, sample collection planning, results management, arbitration, and education. Dr. Bowers frequently speaks on anti-doping science and deterrence. He has organized the prestigious USADA Annual Symposium on Anti-Doping Science since 2002, and serves as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Partnership for Clean Competition, an organization co-founded by USADA that funds research in anti-doping science.

In addition to his work at USADA, Bowers serves on the Food and Drug Administration Medical Devices Advisory Committee. He has previously served on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration Drug Testing Advisory Board and on the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology (SWGTOX). He also serves in an advisory capacity to numerous other national and international drug testing organizations and the World Anti-Doping Agency. Bowers was Associate Editor (Drug Testing and Toxicology) for the journal, Clinical Chemistry, the deputy director of the drug testing laboratory for the 1996 Olympic Games, and has served on several scientific organizations’ Board of Directors.

He has testified as an expert witness in cases dealing with the use of performance-enhancing drugs and testing protocol, and has published more than 100 papers, book chapters, and books, most in the areas of analytical toxicology and drug metabolism.

He is the recipient of the 2007 Franklin & Marshall Alumni Citation for Distinguished Professional Achievements, the 1990 American Association for Clinical Chemistry Award for Outstanding Contributions in a Selected Area of Research, and the 1985 Leroy Sheldon Palmer Award in Chromatography from the Minnesota Chromatography Forum.

 

  • James Cox – Brainerd Currie Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

James D. Cox is Brainerd Currie Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law. Professor Cox earned his BS from Arizona State University and law degrees at University of California, Hastings College of the Law (JD) And Harvard Law School (LLM). In 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Mercature from the University of South Denmark. In addition to his texts Financial Information, Accounting and the Law, Corporations (with Hazen & O’Neal), Business Organizations Cases and Materials (with Eisenberg), and Securities Regulations: Cases and Materials (with Hillman & Langevoort), Professor Cox has published extensively in the areas of market regulation and corporate governance, as well as having testified before the U.S. House and Senate on insider trading, class actions, and market reform issues. He served as a member of the corporate law drafting committees in California (1977-80) and North Carolina (1984-1993) and a member of the ABA Committee on Corporate Laws. He has also served as a consultant to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and more recently, conducted training programs for securities regulators in Bosnia, China and Thailand. His professional memberships include the American Law Institute, the PCAOB Standing Advisory Group, NYSE Legal Advisory Committee, the NASD Legal Advisory Board, and the Fulbright Law Discipline Review Committee.

 

  • Patricia Dechow – Donald H and Ruth F Seiler Professor of Public Accounting, University of California, Berkeley

Patricia M. Dechow holds the Donald H. and Ruth F. Seiler Chair in Public Accounting at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.  She has held positions at the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honors from the University of Western Australia and a PhD in Accounting and Finance from the University of Rochester. 

Professor Dechow’s research interests focus on the nature and purpose of accounting accruals, evaluating the quality of earnings and the informativeness of earnings to capital markets, the use of accounting information in predicting stock returns, and the effect of analysts' forecasts on investors’ perceptions of firm value. She has also developed measures to evaluate the likelihood that a firm has manipulated its financial statements.  In 2010 she received the American Accounting Association’s Inaugural Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Literature Award for her work investigating the causes and consequences of earnings manipulation. In 2015 she received the Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Literature Award again for her work investigating accrual quality.   Professor Dechow is an Editor for the Review of Accounting Studies and an Associate Editor for Management Science.

 

  • James Doty – Chairman, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

James R. Doty was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as the Chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in January 2011.

From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Doty served as General Counsel of the SEC. In that role, Mr. Doty advised the Commission on matters of law and regulatory policy related to the Commission's oversight of U.S. securities markets, including initiatives relating to the integrity of financial reporting and disclosure standards in the context of the globalization of capital markets, enforcement practices and policies in the wake of the savings-and-loan crisis, international technical assistance and coordination efforts, and adoption of the Remedies Act of 1990.

Prior to and following his SEC service, Mr. Doty was a partner at the law firm of Baker Botts LLP, which he first joined in 1969. At Baker Botts LLP, he practiced securities and corporate law and counseled boards of directors and audit committees on regulatory and compliance matters, including matters arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He also represented the PCAOB in obtaining a successful result in the United States Supreme Court in the landmark challenge to its constitutionality, Free Enterprise Fund v. PCAOB.

Mr. Doty was presented with a 2011 Statesman Award by the Foreign Policy Association for his commitment to worldwide audit integrity.

Mr. Doty was raised in Houston, Texas. He earned a BA in History from Rice University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England. He also received a MA in History from Harvard University before getting an LLB from Yale Law School.

 

  • Russell Duncan, Chair, Government Investigations Practice, Shulman Rogers

Russell Duncan is the chair of the Government Investigations Practice at Shulman Rogers in Potomac, Maryland.  He has served as a senior trial attorney at the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D. C., as an Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel for the SEC, and an Assistant Director, Attorney, at the PCAOB.  He regularly represents clients responding to government regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University.

 

  • Cindy Durtschi – Associate Professor, Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University

Dr. Cindy Durtschi is the recent past president of the Forensic Accounting Section.  Within the section, she has also held the jobs of secretary and president elect.  Her research appears in the Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Journal of Forensic Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education as well as other accounting and finance journals. Dr. Durtschi has received numerous teaching awards including the Gus Economos Distinguished Teaching Award from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in 2013, and the 2006 American Accounting Association Innovation in Audit Education Award for her published case in forensic accounting, “The Tallahassee BeanCounters:  A Problem-Based Learning Case in Forensic Auditing.”

Dr. Durtschi currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, Journal of Accounting and Free Enterprise and Issues in Accounting Education.  She earned her PhD in Accounting from the University of Arizona, where she taught in both the accounting and finance departments.  She has held teaching positions at Florida State University, Utah State University and has been teaching at DePaul University since 2008.  

 

  • Cindy Fornelli – Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality

Cindy Fornelli is Executive Director of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), a position she has held since the CAQ was established in 2007. In 2015, Fornelli was honored for the seventh time by Directorship magazine as one of the 100 most influential people on corporate governance and in the boardroom. Accounting Today has named her one of the 100 most influential people in accounting for nine consecutive years.

Fornelli serves on the Advisory Board of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, the Audit & Risk Oversight Committee Advisory Council of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and the Accounting and Auditing Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network. She previously served on the National Association of Corporate Directors’ 2010 Blue Ribbon Commission on the Audit Committee and 2009 Blue Ribbon Commission on Risk Governance. Prior to joining the CAQ, Fornelli was the Regulatory and Conflicts Management Executive at Bank of America and the Deputy Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Investment Management. Fornelli is a graduate of Purdue University and received her J.D. at The George Washington University.

 

  • Richard Hahn – Associate Professor of Econometrics and Statistics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

P. Richard Hahn is Associate Professor of Econometrics and Statistics. His research develops computational methods for modeling complex real-world data. Currently he is developing statistical tools for analyzing data from personal health technology to inform training and recovery programs for professional athletes.

His research has appeared in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Annals of Applied Statistics, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society.

Outside of academia, Hahn has statistical consulting experience in diverse areas, including politics, management, marketing, and biotech.

Hahn earned his PhD in statistical science from Duke University.

 

  • Brooke Harrington – Associate Professor of Economic Sociology, Copenhagen Business School

Brooke Harrington is Associate Professor of Economic Sociology at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Her book Capital Without Borders: Wealth Management and the One Percent will be published in August by Harvard University Press. Harrington has worked on diverse aspects of finance, from global wealth management and its impact on socio-economic inequality, to the sociology of fraud and stock markets. Her 2008 book Pop Finance: Investment Clubs and the New Investor Populism (Princeton University Press) looked at the effects of diversity on investment groups’ financial performance. She has also written a series of articles on group dynamics and ethnographic methods. Harrington’s work has appeared in a wide range of academic and mass media publications, from the Socio-Economic Review to The Atlantic. She holds a PhD and MA in Sociology from Harvard University, and a BA in English Literature from Stanford University. Prior to joining the faculty at the Copenhagen Business School, she was an Assistant Professor at Brown University, and a visiting researcher at Princeton University, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the Santa Fe Institute and the Max Planck Institute.

 

  • Elaine Harwood – Head of Accounting Practice, Cornerstone Research

Elaine Harwood is head of the firm’s accounting practice. She has more than sixteen years of experience in economic and financial consulting in complex litigation, regulatory proceedings, and corporate investigations. Dr. Harwood specializes in financial accounting, financial reporting, and auditing issues. She also consults on liability and damages issues in securities, financial institutions, and breach of contract cases.

Dr. Harwood has consulted with attorneys and supported experts in prominent securities class actions and criminal matters, including In re AOL Time Warner Inc. Securities Litigation and United States v. David Stockman et al. Her experience includes all phases of SEC and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) enforcement activity from informal investigation, through the Wells process, and in preparation for and participation in trial or administrative hearings.

Dr. Harwood’s expertise includes evaluating whether financial statements were prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and whether audit and review procedures complied with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) or PCAOB standards. She has significant experience in forensic accounting analyses, and has prepared but-for financial statements, assessed materiality, and evaluated the adequacy of disclosures contained in SEC filings. Dr. Harwood has served as an expert and filed reports on forensic accounting and damages.

Before joining Cornerstone Research, Dr. Harwood was a professor at Boston College. She is a certified public accountant (CPA), is certified in financial forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and has a Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

 

  • Greg Jonas – Former Director, Office of Research and Analysis, PCAOB

Gregory J. Jonas is director of the Office of Research and Analysis (ORA) which supports and informs the audit oversight activities of the PCAOB through research, risk assessment, data analysis and knowledge management.

Prior to joining the PCAOB, Jonas was the managing director in the Equity Research Group at Morgan Stanley. Previously, he spent six years as a managing director at Moody’s Investors’ Service.

Jonas worked for 23 years at Arthur Andersen, where he started as a staff accountant before becoming a partner and then managing director in the Professional Standards Group. He ended his tenure there leading the technical functions that supported Andersen’s worldwide audit practice.

Earlier in his career, Jonas served as executive director of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Special Committee on Financial Reporting, which undertook a major project to improve the relevance and reliability of the information companies report to investors. He also served as a practice fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board, where he addressed emerging practice problems.

Jonas has published widely, including more than 100 research reports explaining the analytical implications of financial reporting issues, and more than 30 articles on improving business reporting and measuring the quality of financial reporting and audit committees.

Jonas holds BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan.

 

  • Jonathan Karpoff – Washington Mutual Endowed Chair in Innovation, Professor of Finance, University of Washington

Jonathan M. Karpoff (http://faculty.washington.edu/karpoff/) is the Washington Mutual Endowed Chair in Innovation and Professor of Finance at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.  Jon’s research seeks to understand how Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand works, or does not work, to coordinate economic activities ranging from fisheries management to arctic exploration to corporate governance.  His research articles have been awarded the Griliches Prize, Sharpe Award, and several other best paper awards.  In 2015, Jon received the Drexel Center for Corporate Governance award for outstanding contribution to research in corporate governance, and in 2016 he was selected for induction as a Financial Management Association Fellow. 

In teaching, Jon seeks to inspire an appreciation for the insights of economic and financial analysis in everyday life.  In recent years Jon has become active in executive education, and has delivered keynotes, seminars, and classes to audiences throughout North America and the world.  At the Foster School’s Executive MBA programs, he received seven Best Teacher Awards from 2010 through 2016.  Jon also serves as Associate Editor for The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Management Science.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Financial Management Association International, a Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation, and recently a member of the Searle Task Force on Foreign Bribery.  

 

  • Leo Katz – Frank Carano Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Leo Katz’s work focuses on criminal law and legal theory more generally. By connecting criminal law, moral philosophy and the theory of social choice, he tries to shed light on some of the most basic building block notions of the law—coercion, deception, consent, and the use and abuse of legal stratagems, among others. Katz is the author of several books: Bad Acts and Guilty Minds: Conundrums of the Criminal Law (University of Chicago, 1987); Ill-Gotten Gains: Evasion, Blackmail, Fraud and Kindred Puzzles of the Law (University of Chicago, 1996); and most recently Why the Law Is So Perverse (University of Chicago, 2011), which he researched with the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Together with Stephen Morse and Michael Moore, he edited Foundations of the Criminal Law (Oxford, 1999).

 

  • Sara Kern –  Associate Professor of Accounting, Gonzaga University School of Business Administration/li>

Sara Kern, PhD, CPA, CFE is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Gonzaga University’s School of Business Administration.  Sara’s teaching responsibilities include financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, professional ethics and a unique forensic accounting laboratory called the Justice for Fraud Victims Project for which she has been awarded the 2010 Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award, the American Accounting Association Forensic and Investigative Accounting section’s 2011 Innovation in Teaching award, and the American Accounting Association’s 2012 Ernst & Young Innovation in Teaching award.  Sara’s research interests include corporate governance, corporate disclosure policy, and fraud prevention.  Her work has been published in Accounting Horizons, Accounting Perspectives, and Fraud Magazine. Sara earned her PhD at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She is also a CPA in New York and Washington and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

 

  • Mary-Jo Kranacher –  ACFE Endowed Professor of Fraud Examination, Professor of Accounting, York College, The City University of New York

Mary-Jo Kranacher is a certified public accountant (CPA), a certified fraud examiner (CFE), and certified in financial forensics (CFF). She is the ACFE Endowed Professor of Fraud Examination and former department chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance in the School of Business & Information Systems at York College, CUNY. She also develops and implements fraud detection and deterrence programs for international delegations. She is the President Emeritus of the Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP), and was the Editor-in-Chief of The CPA Journal, published by the New York State Society of CPAs, from January 2006 through June 2013.

Professor Kranacher has delivered anti-fraud presentations at conferences and seminars for many organizations, including the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), American Accounting Association (AAA), Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), New York Association of Government Accountants (NYAGA), New York Internal Control Association (NYICA), various state CPA societies, Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities. She co-authored Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination, a bestselling textbook published by Wiley & Sons. She also served on a WVU project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, which culminated in the development of a model curriculum for fraud and forensic accounting education.

Professor Kranacher has been recognized for her work with the following awards: 2009 ACFE Educator of the Year; 2010 York Alumni Distinguished Faculty; 2010 Fraud Magazine Columnist Recognition; 2012 ACFE Hubbard Award, and 2013 KPMG Competitive Manuscript Award for Best Research Paper (AAA FIA section).

Professor Kranacher earned her undergraduate degree from York College, CUNY, and a Masters of Business Administration from St. John’s University. She serves on the Board of the York College Foundation, and co-chairs its Audit and Finance Committee.

 

  • Sam Kruger – Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business

Sam Kruger is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. His research interests include corporate finance and asset pricing, with applications to fraud, mortgage securitization, liquidity, and mutual fund performance.  Professor Kruger earned a PhD in Business Economics, an AM in Statistics, and an AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. He also has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 

  • Craig Lewis – Madison S Wigginton Professor of Finance, Vanderbilt University

Craig M. Lewis is the Madison S. Wigginton Professor of Finance at Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management. He has held regulatory positions as Director, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, US SEC, Chief Economist, US SEC, Vice Chairman, Committee on Emerging Risk, International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), and Economic Fellow, US SEC. He received his PhD in Finance and MS in Finance from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and his BS in Accounting from the Ohio State University.

His interests include corporate financial policy and asset pricing. Most recently, he has employed textual analysis of qualitative factors in corporate disclosures to detect potential fraud. Earlier work included topics such as convertible debt financing, corporate capital formation, forecasting stock market volatility, and herding by equity analysts. He has published over forty papers that have appeared in leading academic and practitioner journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Econometrics.

A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, Craig primarily teaches corporate finance. He is a two-time recipient of the James A. Webb Award for Excellence in Teaching (1991, 2000), Outstanding EMBA Professor (1991), and the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (1992, 1999). Professor Lewis worked for Arthur Young & Company prior to completing his advanced degrees.

 

  • Jeb Linton – Chief Security Architect, IBM Watson Group

Jeb Linton is the Chief Security and Risk Assurance Architect for IBM Watson Group, and leader of IBM Watson Cognitive Security initiative. Mr. Linton is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor, and has worked for IBM since 2008 as technical strategist and architect on numerous Cloud Computing, Storage, and Analytics projects. He has also formerly acted as CTO of Security for Systems and Technology Group, co-lead of the IBM Watson Architecture Board, and as leader of the IBM Trusted Cloud initiative.

Prior to his work at IBM, Mr. Linton worked in the Intelligence, Defense, and Service Provider Industries. His major areas of work included high security, high availability systems and network architecture, Internet peering strategy, smart utility architecture, and wireless networking. He holds a BSEE from Virginia Tech.

 

  • Kristian Lum – Lead Statistician, Human Rights Data Analysis Group

Kristian Lum is the lead statistician at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, where she focuses on furthering the core statistical methodology used for casualty estimation. She has worked on casualty estimation projects for conflicts in Colombia, Kosovo, and Guatemala. Her current research interests include capture-recapture, record-linkage, agent-based models, policing in the United States, predictive policing, and computational criminology.

 

  • Jared Murray –  Assistant Professor of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

Murray is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University. His methodological research in statistics is driven by complex applied problems in the social sciences; recent applications include imputing missing data in a large panel survey (the Survey of Income and Program Participation) and estimating the prevalence of accounting misconduct among publicly traded U.S. firms using incomplete data. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Murray completed his MS and PhD in Statistical Science at Duke University and a BS in Interdisciplinary Mathematics at the University of New Hampshire.

 

  • Chris Norris –  Director, Wicklander-Zulawski and Associates

Christopher P. Norris, CFI® - Director, WZ Europe and International Training, in addition to Webinar Director, is a speaker for Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ). Chris has over 28 years of experience in the loss prevention and investigative fields, including living and working in the UK. He has trained thousands  of human resource, audit, loss prevention, security and law enforcement professionals on the art of interview and interrogation and has conducted numerous investigations for both private companies and public agencies. Chris has provided training and presentations on the art of interviewing and interrogation on 6 Continents.

 

  • Ivan Oransky –  Vice President and Global Editorial Director, MedPage Today

Ivan Oransky, MD, is the vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today, co-founder of the MacArthur Foundation- and Arnold Foundation-funded Retraction Watch, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. He previously was executive editor of Reuters Health and held editorial positions at Scientific American and The Scientist. He is the recipient of the 2015 John P. McGovern Award for excellence in biomedical communication from the American Medical Writers Association.

He has written for numerous publications, including Nature, The New Republic, and The New York Times. Oransky is also a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, and serves on the board of directors and as vice president of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

 

  • Zoe-Vanna Palmrose – Hanson Professor of Business Administration, University of Washington

Zoe-Vonna Palmrose is the Hanson Professor in Business Administration and Director of the Masters of Professional Accounting Program for Auditing and Assurance in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She is also the Accounting Circle Professor Emerita of Accounting at the University of Southern California.  From 2006 to 2008, Zoe-Vonna served as Deputy Chief Accountant for Professional Practice in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission.  In 2008, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in finance by Treasury and Risk Magazine; and, she was included among Business Finance Magazine’s influencers in 2004, 2005, and 2007. 

Zoe-Vonna has published, taught, and spoken extensively on issues related to the quality of financial reporting and auditing, including standard-setting, audit regulation, restatements, fraudulent financial reporting, internal control over financial reporting, materiality, audit litigation, auditor independence and non-audit services, and the pricing of audit services.

Zoe-Vonna was the 2008 American Accounting Association (AAA) Presidential Scholar.  She served as Vice President for Research and a member of the Executive Committee of the AAA; and, she has been a member of or chaired a number of AAA committees.  Her research and service have been recognized by a number of awards. 

From 1998-2000, Zoe-Vonna served as a member of the Public Oversight Board’s Panel on Audit Effectiveness.  She was a member of the Auditing Standards Board Fraud Task Force, which developed Statement of Auditing Standard No. 99, Consideration of Fraud in a Financial Statement Audit. 

Zoe-Vonna currently serves on the Deloitte Audit Quality Advisory Council and the Center for Audit Quality Research Advisory Board. 

 

  • Richard Riley – Louis F Tanner Distinguished Professor of Public Accounting, West Virginia University

Richard A. (Dick) Riley, Jr., is the Louis F. Tanner Distinguished Professor of Public Accounting at West Virginia University.  He is also the Director of Research for the Institute for Fraud Prevention.

Dr. Riley has been recognized nationally for his contributions in forensic accounting and fraud examination: The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) 2008 Educator of the Year; 2012 ACFE Hubbard Outstanding Achievement Award; 2009 American Accounting Association Innovations in Accounting Education Award; The 2013 Max Block Award from the CPA Journal; the 2013 American Accounting Association FIA Section Outstanding Research Manuscript. In 2013, the West Virginia University Foundation recognized him for his outstanding teaching, the highest recognition for teaching at WVU. In 2014, Dr. Riley was recognized by the WV Society of CPAs as Educator of the Year and by Wheeling Jesuit University for is service to the institution.  In 2015, WVU College of Business & Economics presented him with the Dean’s Special Recognition for the Coursera MOOC and 21,600 participating students (with Richard Dull).

At West Virginia University, he not only teaches traditional accounting classes but also works in the classroom in the areas of forensic accounting / fraud examination (FAFE), performance measurement and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Riley is a CPA, CFE, CFF, forensic accountant and fraud examiner who has developed and implemented fraud and forensic accounting education programs for the United States National Institute of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service. Since 2002, Dr. Riley has performed expert financial analysis and litigation support services, offering deposition and trial testimony. He has published four books: Financial Statement Fraud: Prevention and Detection with Zabi Rezaee (John Wiley & Sons, 2010); Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination with Joseph Wells and Mary-Jo Kranacher (John Wiley & Sons, 2011); Fraud Examination for Fraudulent Financial Reporting with Steven Albrecht, Chad Albrecht and Mark Zimbelman (MyEducator.com, 2015); Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities with Richard Dull (WVU Press, 2015).

Dr. Riley possesses an undergraduate degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University, a Masters of Professional Accountancy from West Virginia University and Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Tennessee.  He has published 46 research papers, including manuscripts in Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, among other top quality journals. 

 

  • Richard Sloan – Emile R Niemela Chair of Accounting and International Business, University of California, Berkeley

Richard G. Sloan holds the Emile R. Niemela Chair in Accounting and International Business at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  From 2006 to 2009, Sloan was a managing director of equity research at Barclays Global Investors. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.  Professor Sloan’s research focuses on the role of accounting information in investment decisions and he has received numerous awards for his research on earnings quality.  He is the coauthor (with Russell Lundholm) of Equity Valuation and Analysis, published by McGraw-Hill Irwin and now in its third edition.  He is also an editor of the Review of Accounting Studies.  Professor Sloan holds a PhD in Accounting from the University of Rochester and a BCom from the University of Western Australia.

 

  • Jonathan Sokobin – Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

Jonathan S. Sokobin, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, oversees FINRA's Office of the Chief Economist. In this role, he works to develop new rules, analyzes the regulatory impact, including costs and benefits, of existing and potential rulemakings, and analyzes data on securities firms and markets.

Previously, Mr. Sokobin was Acting Deputy Director, Research and Analysis in the Office of Financial Research at the U.S. Treasury Department.

Prior to joining the Treasury Department, Mr. Sokobin was Acting Director of the SEC's then Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation. He joined the SEC staff in 2000 and held various positions, including Deputy Chief Economist and Director of the former Office of Risk Assessment.

He received his Ph.D. and MBA in finance from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, and his bachelor's degree from Ohio State University.

 

  • Eugene Soltes – Jukurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University

Eugene Soltes is the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is the author of the forthcoming book Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal (PublicAffairs, October 2016)

 

  • Vince Walden – Partner, Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services Practice, E&Y

Vincent Walden is a Partner specializing in forensic technology, eDiscovery, forensic data analytics & science, information governance and cyber breach response.  Vincent is part of a global leadership team of skilled forensic technology and data mining professionals and is the Southeast Regional Forensic Technology leader. With a focus on anti-fraud analytics, forensic data mining, information governance, cyber breach response and electronic discovery services, Vincent has over twenty years of experience handling the information management, forensic analysis and electronic discovery needs for large scale, complex litigations, investigations and proactive anti-fraud and compliance programs. 

As a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner, he has been featured in many publications including FRAUD Magazine, Internal Auditor Magazine, Compliance Week, Forbes, The Economist, The FCPA Report, ABC News Online, CNBC, and other leading publications and is part of COSO’s Anti-Fraud Task Force focused on managing the business risks of fraud as part of COSO’s Internal Controls Framework.

Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Mr. Walden spent five years specializing in litigation technology supporting investigative and legal matters at another Big Four firm.  Before that, he served as president and CFO of a privately funded Internet company, which was subsequently sold as well as a large accounting firm specializing in economic and dispute advisory services.

 

  • John Warren – Vice President and General Counsel, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

John Warren has served as general counsel of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners since September 2004. Mr. Warren is responsible for providing guidance, oversight and direction to ACFE management and staff on all legal issues that affect the ACFE. In 2006, Mr. Warren was appointed as an advisory member of the ACFE Board of Regents and in 2009 he was appointed Vice President of ACFE. He also sits on the Board of Directors of ACFE Foundation, a charitable organization that supports future anti-fraud professionals through the funding of the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program. 

Aside from his legal duties, Mr. Warren is also responsible for producing the Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, a biennial report issued by ACFE on the costs and effects of occupational fraud.

Prior to becoming general counsel, Mr. Warren served for eight years as associate general counsel and senior researcher of ACFE, where he contributed works on occupational fraud, courtroom procedure, corporate espionage and embezzlement to the ACFE’s training program. Mr. Warren worked with Chairman Joseph T. Wells to develop the ACFE’s Anti-Fraud Education Partnership, which provides free educational materials to colleges and universities that teach courses in fraud examination. He also represents the ACFE on the Board of the Institute for Fraud Prevention at West Virginia University, a multidisciplinary academic research center dedicated to preventing and deterring fraud and corruption through research and education.

Mr. Warren received Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of South Dakota in 1992, and a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1995. He is a licensed member of the State Bar of Texas.

 

  • David Woodcock – Partner, Jones Day

David Woodcock's practice focuses on investigations and examinations conducted by the SEC, DOJ, FINRA, and other regulatory bodies; internal corporate investigations and compliance; matters involving complex accounting or auditing issues; securities class and derivative actions; corporate governance and director liability; and privacy and data security.

Prior to joining Jones Day, David served as Regional Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Fort Worth Regional Office, where he was responsible for all aspects of the SEC's enforcement and examination activities in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. He also served as Chair of the cross- office/division Financial Reporting and Auditing Task Force, designed to enhance the SEC's detection and prosecution of violations involving accounting and false financial statements, and as a member of the Enforcement Advisory Committee. During his time at the SEC, David oversaw investigations in nearly every major area of the SEC's enforcement program, including public company disclosure and reporting; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); insider trading; and investigations of major financial institutions, investment advisors, hedge funds, and broker-dealers.

David also has in-depth experience in private practice, having served as a partner at an international law firm where his practice included representing boards, officers/directors, public companies, private fund advisers, and financial institutions in investigations and litigation involving complex securities and civil claims.

Before attending law school, David was a certified public accountant, certified management accountant, and certified information systems auditor and practiced at two of the world's largest accounting firms.

David has written and spoken extensively on securities and accounting-related topics. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University School of Law.

 

  • Michelle Xia – Assistant Professor of Statistics, Director of Statistical Consulting Services, Northern Illinois University

Michelle Xia is director of Statistical Consulting Services and assistant professor in Statistics at Northern Illinois University. She received her PhD in Statistics from the University of British Columbia in 2013. Besides consulting and teaching in statistics, Michelle has been actively involved in developing statistical methods for incomplete or misrepresented data. In a recent paper, Michelle and her coauthor proposed a novel method that allows inference on the percentage of misrepresentations in insurance applications, using regular pricing data. The work was motivated by Michelle's industrial work as an actuary during and before her PhD.

 

  • Luigi Zingales – Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also the director of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago and the founding director of the Center for Economic Analysis of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. His research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture. He has published extensively in the major economics and financial journals. According to SSRN is the 10th most cited author in social sciences. In 2003 he co-wrote with Raghu Rajan Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists, which has been acclaimed as "one of the most powerful defenses of the free market ever written." In 2012 he wrote A Capitalism for the People, which the Telegraph described as a "brilliant and important new book.”  In 2004, Zingales received the Bernacer Prize for the best European young financial economist.