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ACFE-Focus-Day: Anti-Fraud-Management in Practice

26. - 28. June in Frankfurt

Fraud, white-collar crime, money laundering offenses, corruption and fraudulent acts have increased significantly as a result of digitalization, global networking, international interconnections and also the Corona pandemic. Detection and clarification by the companies concerned and prosecution by the relevant authorities have become considerably more difficult.

Digitalization is advancing at a rapid pace, opening up new opportunities and dangers. Skillfully leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Compliance, Internal Audit and Forensic Investigations is key to gaining a huge competitive advantage by using their resources more efficiently and effectively while minimizing risk.


The Anti-Fraud Management symposium between June 26 and 27, 2023 organized by the Heidelberg Academy will address these and other current topics and provide valuable knowledge and practical tips to raise awareness and support your key security areas of Compliance, Audit, Legal, Security & IT in terms of holistic corporate governance.

In addition, this year the German Chapter of ACFE has put together the ACFE Focus Day: Anti-Fraud Management in Practice with interesting practical contributions. It is possible to register for this event day only (June 28, 2023) or also for all three days (incl. the symposium of the Heidelberg Academy) (for our members at more favorable conditions). We are looking forward to top-class speakers who will enrich us with valuable insights in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Fraud Analytics, Psychology of Interrogations, Whistleblowing, Integrity Management and Supply Chain.


Use this symposium to expand your network and for cross-industry experience sharing with compliance and anti-fraud experts. Of course, you will also receive 8 CPE points for attending!

The German Chapter of ACFE organizes the ACFE Focus Day and supports the event of AH Akademie für Fortbildung Heidelberg GmbH through our network as a Gold Sponsor.

A brief insight into the highlights of the ACFE Focus Tag
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AI has taken off

Alexander Rühle, CEO of zapliance GmbH, introduces us to the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence and what this means for us auditors and also for Fraudster.

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Artificial Intelligence - will we all use our job?

Kristof Wabl, partner at Stoneturn, will give us an overview of areas of application for artificial intelligence in his keynote speech, highlight its limitations and dare to take an optimistic look into the year 2030.

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Analytics in Fraud Prevention - Practice, Opportunities and Limitations

Dr. Manuel Bern, Head of Fraud Management at TUI AG, presents the current opportunities and limitations of analytics in practice.

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sychology of interrogations

Benjamin Schorn, Director of the Institute for Governance & Psychology, introduces us to the world of offender psychology and how we can use it in interrogations.

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The EU Directive on Whistleblower protection – opportunities and challenges

Marie Terracol is the Whistleblower Protection Lead at Transparency International and introduced to us the common minimum standards set by the Directive and discussed the implications for public and private organizations.


8:45-9:00 am

Opening speech ACFE

General board of the ACFE German Chapter

9:00-9:30 am

1. Lecture: AI has taken off!

Alexander Rühle, CEO & Co-Founder, zapliance GmbH

9:30-10:00 a.m

2nd specialist lecture: AI - will we all lose our jobs?

Kristof Wabl, Partner, StoneTurn Group (Germany) GmbH

10:00-10:45 am

3rd lecture: Analytics in combating fraud

Dr. Manuel Bern, Head of Fraud Management, TUI AG

10:45-11:15 a.m

Coffee break / networking


11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

4th lecture: Psychology of interrogations

Benjamin Schorn, Director, Institute for Governance & psychology

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

5th lecture: The EU Directive on Whistleblower Protection (English)

Marie Terracol, Whistleblower Protection Lead, Transparency

12:45-1:45 p.m



1:45-2:30 p.m

6th specialist lecture: Whistleblowing in business practice

Heike Mühlenstädt, internal auditor, Sana Kliniken

2:30-3:00 p.m

7th lecture: Speak Up Culture: Psychological Safety & Experimentation (English)

Chris Rider, Senior Behavioral Scientist, Novartis Pharma AG

3:00-3:45 p.m

8th specialist lecture: Integrated Compliance using the example of BASF

Mirko Bengel, Senior Vice President, Corporate Compliance BASF SE

3:45-4:15 p.m

Coffee break / networking


4:15-4:30 p.m

Keynote speech: Due diligence obligations in supply chains

Tobias Krause, Head of Department, Federal Office of Economics
and export control, BAFA

4:30-5:00 p.m

Introduction panel: “Empowerment before withdrawal”
Integrity management in supply chains

Susanne Friedrich, Director, Alliance for Integrity
Simon Gaus, Director Anti-Corruption, UN Global Compact
Network Germany

5:00-5:55 p.m

Panel: Integrity management in the supply chain
questions and answers

Antje Meyer, board member, ACFE German Chapter
Private sector:
Hannah Engels, Head of Compliance, METRO AG
Dr. Sarah Schwabe, Human Rights Office, Covestro AG
Civil Society / Academia:
Dr. Anna-Maija Mertens, Managing Director,
Transparency International Germany e.V.
Franziska Oehm, Scientific Assistant, German Institute for Human Rights

5:55-6:00 p.m

Closing words and farewell

Andrea Rondot, board member, ACFE German Chapter

Our ACFE Focus Day is supported by:
Our sponsors:
Our team of speakers
Mirko Bengel

Senior Vice President, Corporate Compliance,
BASF SE, Ludwigshafen

Kristof Wabl

Kristof Wabl, Partner, StoneTurn Group (Germany) GmbH

Kurt Ramin

Chairman of the board,
ACFE German Chapter, Ratingen

Chris Rider

Senior Behavioural Scientist,
Novartis Pharma AG, London

Andrea Rondot

Board member,
ACFE German Chapter, Ratingen

Alexander Rühle

CEO & Co-Founder,

zapliance GmbH, Hamburg

Benjamin Schorn

Director, Institut für Governance & Psychologie,

Dr. Sarah Schwabe

Counsel of the Human Rights Office,

Covestro AG, Leverkusen

Marie Terracol

Whistleblower Protection Lead,
Transparency International, Berlin

Heike Mühlenstädt

Internal auditor,
Sana Clinics, Munich

Dr. Manuel Bern

Head of Fraud Management,
TUI AG, Hannover

Hannah Engels

Head of Compliance,
METRO AG, Düsseldorf

Susanne Friedrich

Director, Alliance for Integrity, Bonn

Dr. Simon Gaus

Director Anti-Corruption,
UN Global Compact Netzwerk Deutschland, Berlin

Tobias Krause

Head of Department, Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und
Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA), Eschborn

Dr. Anna-Maija Mertens

Director, Transparency International
Deutschland e.V., Berlin

Antje Meyer

Board member, ACFE German Chapter,

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