Fraud and Corruption Conference 2019

Protecting New Zealand’s taonga

Our reputation as one of the least-corrupt countries in the world is taonga, or a treasure, that is worthy of protection. New Zealand has made valuable progress in combating bribery and corruption in recent years, but in an ever-changing world we cannot be complacent. 

The Serious Fraud Office is proud to host the Fraud and Corruption Conference 2019 'Protecting New Zealand's taonga'. 


Thursday 7 March 2019

Venue SkyCity Auckland Convention Centre


Photographs from the day

Stuart Nash, Minister responsible for SFO
Julie Read, SFO Director
MC on the day, Graham Gill, SFO General Manager - Evaluation and Intelligence, and Business Services
Steve D'Antuono, FBI Head of the Financial Crimes Section
Paul O'Neil, SFO General Counsel (left)
Lisa Osofsky, UK SFO Director
Graham Gill and Ricky Yau, ICAC Deputy Commissioner and Head of Operations
Timothy K. Kuhner, Associate Professor, Auckland Law School
Laode Muhammad Syarif, Commissioner KPK (left)             
Denis Tang, Director CPIB
Hui Chen
Anthony Bivona, Unit Chief, FBI Economic Crimes Unit
Denis Tang, Julie Read, Ricky Yau and Laode Muhammad Syarif

Speakers included:

Lyn McDonald - UK Cabinet Office

Lyn McDonald is the Director of the UK Cabinet Office's Fraud, Error, Debt and Grants team. The team, at the centre of the UK government, is tasked with reducing losses to public funds arising from fraud and errors. Lyn led the first ever review of the UK government grants spend (monies awarded to outside bodies by Government departments) in 2012, leading to the establishment of a specialist financial policy team for awarding government grants. She led a Prime Minister’s review of Fraud and Error and then also took on responsibility for the Debt team in 2015.

Hui Chen

Hui Chen - Ethics and Compliance Expert

Hui Chen will deliver a key note address on ‘Safeguarding Integrity: A Public-Private Partnership’.

Hui was the first-ever exclusive compliance consultant to the US Department of Justice's Fraud Section. She has served as a federal prosecutor and a senior ethics and compliance leader in multinational corporations. She is a speaker, consultant, and researcher on corporate and government ethics and compliance issues.

Lisa Osofsky - UK SFO Director

Lisa Osofsky is the Director of the UK Serious Fraud Office. She has over 30 years’ experience pursuing and protecting against financial crime.

Lisa began her career as a US federal prosecutor, taking on white collar crime cases including defence contractor and bank frauds. She spent five years as Deputy General Counsel and Ethics Officer at the FBI and was seconded to the UK SFO while a Special Attorney in the US Department of Justice’s Fraud Division. 

Ricky Yau - Top Investigator of Hong Kong's Corruption Watchdog

Ricky Yau Shu-chun is the Deputy Commissioner and Head of Operations of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), where he has led numerous corruption investigations in both the public and private sectors.

ICAC was established in 1974 to clean up corruption in the Hong Kong Government through law enforcement, prevention and community education.

Denis Tang - Director CPIB

Denis Tang is Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) of Singapore. He was appointed to the role in October 2018 to lead the Bureau in investigating, preventing and detecting corruption in the island nation. He spearheads CPIB’s mission to combat corruption through swift and sure, firm but fair action.

Denis' priorities include further strengthening and fortifying Singapore's solid foundation of incorruptibility and leading CPIB’s efforts to work with like-minded international partners to actively deal with anti-corruption issues.  

Rupert Broad

Rupert Broad is the first head of the new International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre (IACCC) and a senior manager in the UK’s National Crime Agency. The London-based IACCC is responsible for coordinating the global law enforcement response to allegations of grand corruption.

Rupert previously worked as a senior investigating officer in the National Crime Agency’s International Corruption Unit – leading investigations into politically exposed people involved in international bribery and corruption offences.

Steven M. D’Antuono - Head of the FBI's Financial Crimes Section

Steven M. D’Antuono is the Head of the FBI’s Financial Crimes Section within the Criminal Investigative Division. He currently oversees all aspects of white collar crime for the FBI, including corporate securities and commodities fraud, economic crimes, financial institution fraud, money laundering, health care fraud, intellectual property and the Forensic Accountant Program.

Timothy K. Kuhner - Associate Professor, Auckland Law School

Timothy Kuhner is an Associate Professor at Auckland Law School. His research focuses on corruption and political finance. He is the author of Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market ConstitutionHe is also the author of various law review articles, including American Plutocracy, American Kleptocracy, and The Corruption of Liberal and Social Democracies - that address the intersection between law, economic inequality, and political inequality. In partnership with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Tim produced the documentary The Struggle Against Corruption.

Anthony Bivona - Unit Chief, FBI Economic Crimes Unit

Special Agent Anthony Bivona of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been the lead investigator in multiple, high profile and public corruption investigations. Anthony is responsible for the Corporate Securities and Commodities Fraud and Frauds and Swindles programs within the Financial Crimes Section of the FBI. His responsibilities include providing guidance, training, and support in relation to sophisticated fraud schemes targeting America’s corporations, securities and commodities markets, and bankruptcy system.   

Why should you attend?

Conference attendees will receive a range of international perspectives on financial crime from experts and top officials. Understanding global fraud and corruption trends is important for many businesses and government agencies - especially in a world where national borders are less of a barrier to white-collar crime than ever before. Speakers will talk about the role of the private and public sector in safeguarding against fraud and corruption, as well as the different international approaches to combating and preventing these crimes.  

Continuing professional development (CPD)

A conference attendee can claim six CPD hours.

Ticket prices

Government employee:

  • $495 (excl. GST)


  • $595 (excl. GST)


We would like to acknowledge our conference sponsors:

  • Chartered Accountants - Australia and New Zealand
  • Auckland Council
  • Kayes Fletcher Walker

The SFO thanks the sponsors for their support.

Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
Auckland Council
Kayes Fletcher Walker