BOARD MEMBERS

Mary-Anne Whittles

Chairperson

Mary-Anne has extensive experience in forensic investigations (17 years) with a strong background in civil investigations, people development within the investigative sector and management within projects (eleven years in a leadership position which include seven years’ experience in Middle Management and five years in Senior Management). She has obtained qualifications in Law,

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Project management and hold an Honours degree in Public Administration and Management. Mary-Anne is currently a Director at Nexus Forensic Services. Prior to that she spent 16 years at the Special Investigating Unit where she held various positions from Investigator to Gauteng Regional Head and a year in the Sasol Assurance Services, Forensics department as a Senior Investigator.

Dr. Jerry Chetty

Vice-Chairperson

Dr Jerry Chetty  is a Senior Manager of the Business Integrity Unit at Santam. Jerry has extensive experience and knowledge in the detection, prevention and investigation of economic crime.

Jerry is an admitted Advocate of the High Court and has a PHD, ND: Police Administration, BIuris, LLB, LLM, CFE and a Diploma in Victimology.

Adv Vishaal Bhimma

Vishaal Bhimma is the Managing Director for Ubuntu Business Advisory and Consulting (UBAC) and has extensive experience providing legal and advisory support to various organisations including Forensic Investigations, performance contracts, policies, and municipal recovery plans. Vishaal holds an LLB and was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2004.

Dr Carin Lombaard

Dr Carin Lombaard, FP(SA) has a PhD in Statistics combined with a strong accounting background.  Although she started her career in the academics, she ventured into the field of forensic investigation a little more than 16 years ago, where she was able to also put her data analytical ability to good use.  She has since become very passionate about not only forensic investigation but also fraud prevention and forensic skills development. 

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As project manager and lead investigator at JGL Forensic Services, she has conducted multiple investigative assignments for public sector clients such as National Treasury, National Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Department of Public Works, the National Credit Regulator, and Gauteng Treasury.  Other public sector clients who have benefitted from her skills include amongst others C-BRTA, HWSETA, NAMC, NECSA, Competition Commission, SARS, National Museum.  Her further project exposure includes, inter alia, Limpopo Province Department of Transport, and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of the Government of Ghana to name but a few.  Her experience is, however, not limited to the public sector, with assignments for PPC, OVK, and various attorneys’ firms also forming part of her resumé.

Carin is a dedicated and seasoned professional delivering outstanding results and performance and firmly believes in offering high-quality forensic services in the industry.  She is also committed to growing the forensic industry in South Africa through both skills development and contributions to the ICFP as a professional body.

Mr Adriaan Beekman

Riaan Beekman is a CA (SA) and is a Specialist Investigator at Nedbank.  Riaan has extensive experience in the investigation of financial crime, ethics and fraud risk management.  He was the Forensic Audit Manager at Impala Platinum from 2012 to 2017, before joining Nedbank.  His career in commercial forensics started in 2001 when he joined KPMG as an Associate Director in the Forensics Department.

Mr Albert van Zyl

Albert obtained a BCom (Law), LLB and LLM from the University of the Free State, as well as a Certificate in Money Laundering Control from the University of Johannesburg. He started his professional career as an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, specializing in civil litigation in the High Court. Thereafter he joined one of the ‘big four’ auditing firms as a forensic investigator.

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In 2006 Albert joined the Programme for Forensic Accountancy in the School of Accounting Sciences of the North-West University as a Senior Lecturer and was appointed as Programme Leader in July 2012. In January 2021 he joined the North-West University’s Business School focussing on corporate governance, anti-corruption and integrity studies.

Albert is still practising on a part-time basis as a commercial forensic practitioner in South Africa and a number of other African countries. He served on several audit committees in the public and private sector and has been seconded to a national commission of enquiry. Albert is proud to be a full member, past company secretary, and, since October 2012, to have served as a board member of the Institute for Commercial Forensic Practitioners.

Mr Caleb Motsamai

Nominee

Caleb Motsamai is a Partner/Director in Ernst & Young’s Fraud Investigations and Dispute Services division.  His professional experience includes handling matters related to Fraud, corruption and other financial crimes both locally and internationally.  Caleb was first exposed to forensic investigations during his tenure as a SAICA trainee accountant at the Auditor General.  He holds holds a B.Com (Hons) Accounting and also completed an Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Stellenbosh.

Mr Gerhard Geldenhuys

Nominee

Gerhard Geldenhuys is a Director at PwC in Bloemfontein and is responsible for PwC’s Risk Assurance and Forensic Investigation Services in the Central Region of SA (North West Province, Free State, Northern Cape) and Lesotho.  He has extensive public and private sector experience serving PwC clients for more than 23 years. Gerhard holds a BCom (Hons) from the University of South Africa, Certificate in the Theory of Accounting, Postgraduate Diploma in Auditing and is a Certified Internal Auditor. (CIA)

Mr Lerato Msibi

Mr Lerato Msibi is a Managing Director in the Forensic and Litigation division of FTI Consulting SA (Pty) Ltd.  Amongst other affiliations with professional bodies, Lerato is a Commercial Forensic Practitioner FP (SA), a Chartered Accountant and also a Certified Fraud Examiner.

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In 2019, Lerato was a finalist in the SAICA Top 35, under 35 competition which recognises and rewards young CA(SA) who are trailblazers and leaders in their own right. Prior to June 2012, Lerato served his accounting articles and gained experience in both the public and private sectors.

Lerato has more than nine years of experience in the forensic field. He performed investigations in South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Lesotho, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin.

Mr McComb Taylor

Nominee

McComb Taylor is the Chief Operating Officer for Qhubeka Forensic Services. McComb gained extensive experience on a variety of complex forensic and legal matters over the past 18 years. He has successfully investigated matters in both the public and private sectors, across a variety of industries. He has conducted training, written various articles and spoken on radio on various subjects within his area of expertise.

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McComb holds the following qualifications:

  • Admitted Attorney
  • B Com (Law), LLB (RAU), M Com (Forensic Accounting) (NWU)
  • Diploma in Insolvency Law and Practice (AIPSA) (UP)
  • Certificate in International Insolvency Law (UP)
  • Certificate in Fraud Examination (UP)

Mr Zaakir Mohamed

Zaakir Mohamed is a Director and Head of Corporate Investigations and Forensics at CMS RM Partners Inc.

Zaakir is instructed to assist clients with highly sensitive and confidential matters. He has extensive experience in corporate crime and forensic investigations, Anti-bribery and Corruption compliance, cybercrime, corporate crime prevention and detection, money laundering, regulatory compliance as well as working with law enforcement authorities and providing watching briefs in criminal matters.

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Zaakir has assisted clients in both the public and private sectors across numerous industries. These include Financial Services, Telecommunications, Aviation, Sport, Mining, Real Estate and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG).

Ms Shirley Ivason-Wagener

Nominee

Shirley Ivason-Wagener is a seasoned and decorated forensic professional with 28 years of experience in her field.  She has multidimensional forensic experience across various industries and both public and the private sector. She holds a ND in Police Administration, BTech in Forensic Investigations and a MBL – thesis, Fraud risk management best practice for SOEs.

Mr Chris de Beer

Executive Manager

Chris is the Executive Manager of the ICFP and is responsible for operational issues and the implementation of strategic initiatives.  Prior to joining the ICFP, Chris participated and managed various forensic engagements for private and public institutions as an independent service provider.

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Chis started his career in banking and holds a BCom from Unisa.  Chris was responsible for the establishment and management of internal audit, enterprise-wide risk, forensic investigations, fraud risk and IT audits.  Chris was also a member of the Executive Committee of the bank and an advisor to other management committees.

Ms Janita Snell

Company Secretary

Janita holds a LLB from UNISA, a Diploma in Criminal Justice and Forensic Auditing from the University of Johannesburg and a Programme in Forensic and Investigative Auditing from UNISA.  She is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. 

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Janita is currently busy with a LLM specialising Labor Law at UNISA. Before joining the IDC in August 2014, as Forensic Practitioner, Janita worked at Investec Bank for 13 years. Her responsibilities included investigations, developing and training on Financial Crime policies, as well as driving awareness initiatives.