By Tim Harvey, CFE
ACFE U.K. Chapter President
In April, I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe in Frankfurt. The conference was the largest ACFE European conference, and had sold out weeks before the start date.
The conference covered a wide range of subjects, including the latest on GDPR, ethics, social engineering, and money laundering. The conference ran smoothly thanks to the local volunteers provided by the Germany ACFE Chapter. It was a great success and many attendees expressed that this was the “best European conference ever!”
After the first full day, we held a networking reception for all attendees. During the reception, we also held a separate meeting for chapter leaders who were able to attend. Leaders from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. had an informational meeting to meet the other European chapter leaders and discuss daily challenges.
In addition to the chapter leaders at the meeting, we were able to introduce Robert Lamers, the ACFE’s new Head of European Partnership Development. Robert’s role is to facilitate the growth of ACFE membership in the region. In addition to the Corporate Alliance and our Law Enforcement and Government Alliance, he will focus on promoting the CFE credential to organizations.
Bruce Dorris, the ACFE’s new President and CEO, also attended the meeting. Bruce introduced himself to each of the leaders and exchanged ideas about how we can improve communication with our European chapters.
Increased communication between the ACFE and our chapters was stressed throughout the meeting. Due to time constraints, we were not able to cover as many topics as we would have liked. At the end of the meeting, I collected written suggestions for improvements, which I forwarded to Joey Broccolo, the ACFE’s Chapter Development Manager.
If you have any suggestions for chapter improvements, please contact me and/or Joey Broccolo. We are always happy to hear your thoughts.