Regional Committee of 2020 – Pretoria
- Leon Towsen is the vice-chairman for Pretoria Regional Committee
- Actively involved in the Standards Committee and introduced/involved in several standards adopted
- Pretoria has the largest committee in South Africa
- Hosted most events for its members
- Established e-conference/training sessions
- Highest attendance of delegates on several occasions
- Established a shadow leadership committee
- Established a young members forum
Nomination to motivate Pretoria Regional Committee as committee of the year – 2020
The IFAW held on the 20th of November 2020 was sponsored by the City of Tshwane. On the 28th of November 2020 PWC sponsored the venue and catering. All other events did not attract sponsorships mainly because the events of 14th of May and 9th of July were held on-line due to COVID -19 regulations.
Other role players in community involvement
Chairperson and Vice-chair of the Pretoria Committee De Wet Ferreira and Leon Towsen serves on the ACFE professional standards forum. De Wet was until February 2020 Chairperson of the committee and Leon Towsen introduced and collaborated to have the professional standards of the Layered Voice Technology published during. Leon Towsen is currently volunteered to champion and introduce the professional standards of Data Analytics for CFE’s. He has established a sub-committee consisting of four members (of which two are non-ACFE members) including international and local expertise in data analytics.
Driving the CFE designation and ACFE brand
Members of the Pretoria Committee actively share and like social media posts from either the CEO of the ACFE or the ACFE itself. This contributes to awareness and marketing of the ACFE brand. Considering the triple digit attendance numbers of the last two events it is evident that the committee attract participation from its CFE’s. Within their respective organisations all members are vocally and actively brand ambassadors.
Many of the Pretoria Committee members had submitted at least two or more case studies towards qualification by the QCTO for the CFE SA law module.
Professional appearance of events
The IFAW presentations of the 20th of November 2019 were hosted at the world-class auditorium of the City of Tshwane. Catering were provided in a spacious open area with abundant space for networking. The event of the 28th of November 2020 was held at the PWC head office in Midrand which is an impressive venue and Gauteng landmark. The venue has professional conference rooms and separate networking space. The catering was of the highest standard.
The event of the 20th of February was held at the office of the ACFE in Irene. The venue was in the training room which catered for the size of the audience and catering was at the normal high standard of the ACFE.
Both events of the 14th of May and 9th of July was held on-line and hosted by the ACFE training and development officer, Ms Chantelle Schoeman.
Administration and logistics
Two new members, Nimerah Singh and Willem van Heerden joined the committee at the start of 2020. All members were allocated responsibilities. Nimerah Singh agreed to assist Lerato Msibi with Marketing and Growth and Willem van Heerden agreed to assist Renaldo Lobo with Research and Development.
The committee duties and responsibilities were allocated as follow:
Chairperson – De Wet Ferreira
Vice-Chairperson – Leon Towsen
Secretary – Peter Kerford (Assisted by Chantell Schoeman)
Training Officer – Lerato Msibi, Moazam Fakey, Yvette Janse van Rensburg
Communications – Moazam Fakey, Leon Towsen
Marketing and Growth – Lerato Msibi
Research and Development – Ronaldo Lobo & Conrad De La Rey
Meetings were held by the Pretoria regional committee on the following dates:
24th of January 2020
Six members attended physically, and one dialled in with Zoom and two apologies. Minutes of the meeting was presented and accepted. The attendance represented a quorum.
13th of February 2020
Three members attended physically and four dialled in via Zoom and with four apologies. Minutes of the meeting was presented and accepted. The attendance represented a quorum.
6th of May 2020
Seven members attended the meeting online with four apologies. Minutes of the meeting was presented and accepted. The attendance represented a quorum.
As stated above the committee had good participation at both attendance and input on agenda items.
Interaction with event attendees
Survey reports from attendees are analysed and debated amongst the committee.
Post the event of the 14th of May (Cell phone forensics) the attendees’ feedback was summarised as below:
- 139 or 74% of attendees responded – by far our highest of all events
- 97% were satisfied or very satisfied with the topic
- 65% said it was useful and 47% high quality
- Value for money 53% voted excellent
- Only 44% voted for an event in November compared to 50% plus during Autumn and Winter – October seems like last month desired for an event
- 56% voted for our events to be hosted in the early evening versus only 23% early afternoons
- Some of the most requested topics were:
a. Mobile/Digital Money
b. Cyber related fraud and crime
c. Anti-Money laundering
d. OSINT investigations
Post the event pf the 9th of July (Short-term insurance fraud) the attendees’ feedback was as follow:
- 57 or 40% of attendees responded
- 67% were satisfied or very satisfied with the topic
- 56% said it was useful and 60% high quality
- Value for money 68% voted excellent
- Only 40% voted for an event in November compared to 50% plus during Autumn and Winter – October seems like last month desired for an event which was consistent with the previous survey
- 56% voted for our events to be hosted in the early evening versus only 30% early afternoons. This was a new trend during lockdown
- Some of the most requested topics were:
a. How to investigate syndicates
b. Digital Forensic information and evidence gathering
c. Healthcare fraud
d. Crypto currency to launder money.
All the input from these surveys will be part of the committee’s training planning for 2021. Over four events on average 78% of our attendees voted that either met or exceed their expectations with the topics and presentations during the training.