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Beyond Accounting – Not Just the Numbers

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 8:30 pm EDT

Not Just the Numbers

CAW Network USA invites you to attend our 2024 in-person conference: Beyond Accounting – Not Just the Numbers in collaboration with Fordham University’s Center for Professional Accounting Practices – Gabelli School of Business on June 13th, 2024.

The conference will be a single stream event running from 10 am to 5.20 pm followed by an optional evening event at 5.30pm with refreshments from 6.30pm. The sessions will take place in the Costantino Room, 2nd Floor, Fordham Law School 150W 62nd Street NY NY. There will be 5 separate sessions, for the main conference, which combine for up to 6 CPE credits. The evening session adds another 1 credit. The conference fee includes coffee/tea breaks and lunch. Also (if the evening event is also selected) an open bar and finger food. It also includes a digital badge and / or a CPE certificate (if applicable and requirements are met).

The sessions will cover:

  • Leadership
  • AI and Third-Party Risk Management
  • Lunchtime breakout groups covering a variety of topics including sustainability, younger member priorities, future of audit and ‘future skills’.
  • Resilience
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Evening Presentation – AI and Fraud by Homeland Security Investigations – New York Cyber Division.

SYNOPSIS: Beyond Accounting – Not Just the Numbers

For 2024, we will have 4 main conference presentations plus various lunchtime breakout sessions.
As we finalize sponsors and speakers, we will update this listing. Speakers will be a mix of members, guests and sponsors – all thought leaders in their fields.


By the end of today’s sessions, attendees will be able to answer the following

  1. Gain insights into ‘Leadership and what this means to our distinguished speakers.
  2. Understand the latest thinking around AI and Third-Party Risk Management
  3. Understand the lunch discussion topic you are part of (various topics to be offered).
  4. Revisit how to make the most effective use of your personal time and efforts: your own Resilience (following on from the successful keynote presentation in 2023).
  5. Understand the latest thinking in Enterprise Risk Management
  6. Gain an overview of what is being done in respect of AI and Fraud / Case Studies


Member Price

  • Conference – $240
  • Conference and Evening – $275
  • Evening reception only – $55


Associate / Guest Price

  • Conference $265
  • Conference and Evening – $310
  • Evening reception only – $75

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Session 1 Leadership

Deon Minnaar

Deon Minnaar

Board Member / Lead Partner Consumer Markets KPMG New York

Deon is a KPMG US board member and Global Lead partner for some of KPMG’s most important consumer markets companies. He also lead KPMG’s Board Advisory practice which helps boards to improve their governance and performance. Deon connects corporate strategy and enterprise risk to drive success in execution of strategy. He brings simplicity / connecting the dots to complex business matters. Deon is CA (SA).

Simone Walsh

Simone Walsh

Principal Taxation at BDO

Simone is a senior finance leader with a strong record of strategic partnership across a broad range of business and operational disciplines, with experience in growth and transformational environments. Proven ability to drive process improvements to achieve financial objectives while maintaining operational discipline. Prior to BDO Simone has worked in many senior roles including for companies such as EY, Deloitte, Sony, Coca Cola, Home Depot, PRGX Global, Novelis and Delta Apparel.

Simone is also a Chartered Accountant and member of both ICAEW and CAANZ.

Chalene Gallagher

Chalene Gallagher

Regulatory Data Specialist / Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Chalene is a Regulatory Data Specialist in the Research and Statistics Group at the New York Fed. As part of her role, she reviews complex regulatory reports and provides interpretive reporting guidance to large foreign and domestic banks and holding companies to assist them in meeting their regulatory reporting requirements. She is also a leader in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, having served in numerous leadership positions as part of the New York Fed’s Women’s Mentoring and Empowerment Employee Resource Network, and as the Bank’s Chief Ombuds Liaison.

Chalene is a graduate from Western University in Canada and the University of Westminster in the UK. She trained in public accounting at PwC Ireland after working in the High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda in London, before transitioning to consultancy then bank regulation on relocation to the US.

Chalene is also a Chartered Accountant and member of CAI.

Session 2 AI and Third Party Risk

Jannie Wentzel

Jannie Wentzel

Partner, Cential

Jannie is a partner with Cential. He is a Chartered Accountant CA (SA), and a thought leader in Risk Transformation and Integrated Risk Management technologies. Jannie advises clients on the use of technologies to reduce the complexities, manage risk and minimize the compliance cost.

Jannie specializes in enterprise and integrated risk services which include teaming with many of the top analyst rated GRC vendors.

Andrew Gunter

Andrew Gunter

Partner, Cential

Andrew is a partner with Cential. He specializes in enterprise and integrated risk services which include teaming with many of the top analyst rated GRC vendors.

Santina Rocca

Santina Rocca

Managing Director, JGA

Santina has over 36 years of international experience in financial oversight, audit public policy, and stakeholder communication. She promotes the importance of the audit profession and audit quality and has been a frequent speaker on matters related to auditing and audit regulation. She has expertise in evaluating the quality control environment of domestic and international affiliates of global network firms and draws from this experience to advise firms on change management and compliance with global standards, including SEC regulations and PCAOB rules and standards. She previously spent 14 years with PCAOB, most recently as Deputy Director in the Division of Registration and Inspections.

She initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (now CPA Canada).

Session 3 Lunchtime Topics

Lunchtime breakout groups covering a variety of topics including sustainability, younger member priorities, future of audit and ‘future skills’.

Sponsors for this session include (for example) Dr. Barbara Porco of Fordham University leading a discussion on Sustainability and Accountants.

Dr. Barbara Porco

Dr. Barbara Porco

Accounting Professor and Associate Dean at Fordham University, New York

Dr. Porco specializes in Ethics in Financial Markets and Sustainability Innovation and Reporting. Barbara is a CPA and holds a PhD in Accounting / Ethics / Business (Fordham University) as well as a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University.

Session 4 Resilience – revisited

Declan Scott

Declan Scott

Senior Consultant, Resilience Institute

Declan is a senior consultant with the Resilience Institute. He is an experienced leadership Development and Culture building expert. He helps clients build extraordinary teams through collaboration and resilience.

He is also a Chartered Accountant (Ireland), Founder of The Spirited Business Network and cofounder of She Chocolate, an award-winning chocolate company based in New Zealand.

Session 5 Enterprise Risk Management

Daniel Shafrir

Daniel Shafrir

Managing Partner, CFGI

Daniel is a Managing Partner at CFGI, co-leading the Risk Advisory Practice, with over 15 years of experience in technology and internal controls to clients of varying sizes and complexity, across a range of industries. Daniel has unique insights regarding innovative solutions, such as the impact of Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and blockchain technologies to the internal control environment. Daniel holds an Engineering degree from the University of St Andrews, he is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), as well as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Session 6 Presentation by Homeland Security Investigations – New York Cyber Division: AI & Fraud

Homeland Security

Presentation by United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations – New York Office.



Fordham cultivates the next generation of business leaders. Located in New York City, the Gabelli School of Business provides a rigorous, industry-current education at the following levels:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Business Administration/Master of Science
  • PhD

Propylon® is a world leader in regulatory data processing and document management. With a large pool of expert consultants and analysts, and a world-class software development team dedicated to the regulatory domain, our expertise is informed by more than two decades serving governments, legal publishers, top ten accounting firms including the Big Four and heavily regulated organizations.

Propylon helps firms reach audit quality goals with a purpose-built, next-gen platform to drive consistent guidance across the organization.

Resilience Institute

At Resilience Institute, we empower organizations and leaders who believe that when people grow, business grows. Our research demonstrates that effective business requires both performance and care. We measure and build the resilience of leaders, people and organizations. Over the past 20 years we have supported thousands of organizations worldwide with precision training programs and our evidence-based digital toolkit for individuals and teams. With a deep understanding of the modern workplace, our programs are based on the latest research in psychology and neuroscience while also delivering practical, actionable solutions that engage, inspire, and sustain positive change.


Cential helps organizations design, build, and operate efficient and effective risk management functions.

Cential help organizations on their journey from siloed governance and compliance to fully integrated risk management programs. Well designed risk management processes empower businesses to make better decisions to protect and grow the bottom line. Regardless of where you are in the process, they’ll put your needs first and help you implement the risk management processes that are best for you today, and develop a plan for your organization’s future risk management activities.


CFGI supports the Office of the CFO and Private Equity Sponsors with all your critical finance and accounting operations. They deliver the people, processes and technology solutions to solve all your operational finance and technical accounting challenges.

Johnson Global Advisory

Johnson Global partners with leadership of public accounting firms, driving change to achieve the highest level of audit quality. Led by former PCAOB and SEC staff, JGA professionals are passionate and practical in their support to firms in their audit quality journey.


Siegfried Group work alongside financial executives across the nation on their most important accounting and finance projects. Filled with an innovative spirit and led by an ambitious entrepreneur, they provide unique Leadership Advisory combined with high potential talent.


June 13
10:00 am - 8:30 pm EDT
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Fordham University
150W 62nd street
New York, NY 10023 United States
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