Terrence Norris, CEO
Independent Management Consultant
and Advisor to GetGovernanz
Terrence Norris is a seasoned expert in audit, investigation and management consultancy services to the public and private sectors, and to international organisations for over 35 years. Born in Canada and now permanently residing here in Malta as an official citizen, Mr, Norris is a Chartered Management Accountant (Canada) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Economics. He received extensive training from International Organisations in risk assessment methodologies and mitigation strategies, fraud detection and prevention, and from the Inspector General Criminal Investigator Academy (USA) on Investigations and case management.
Mr. Norris has held oversight, management advisor and diplomatic positions in the Governments of Malta and Canada, the United Nations and its associated Agencies. He has held Diplomatic positions in Mexico and China, and UN residency assignments in Eritrea, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ivory Coast, Haiti, Kenya, Somalia, Gaza and Israel. Recently, he has provided consulting service to the EU on its research Grant programmes and Member States Financial Reports. Local consulting assignments in the banking, telecommunications and insurance business sectors have given him a good appreciation of the challenges that business encounter, including compliance, with a myriad of local and international regulations and standards.
Technology Partner, NOUV
Andrew is specialised in Information Technology, Project Management, IT Service Delivery and Regulatory matters. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology (BSc IT) from the University of Malta and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) specialising in e-Commerce, from the University of Grenoble.
For the last 20 years Andrew has held various roles within a local IT services and integration solutions company. Andrew started his career as a software developer, evolving into a business analyst, project manager and eventually heading Project Management Office and serving as Chief Operating Officer. During this period Andrew led several large scale multi-national IT project implementations. Following that, Andrew also served as Chief for Programme Management and Information Systems at the Malta Gaming Authority for a few years, primarily responsible for delivering the Authority’s strategy and IT implementation. While at the Authority, Andrew oversaw the redrafting and enactment of the new Gaming Act and all subsidiary legislation including AML and Compliance related guidelines, for the iGaming industry in Malta.
Andrew has experience in Portfolio and Project management, Risk Management, Service delivery, Strategic IT planning, ERP project implementation, Business intelligence, Business analysis, Cybersecurity, Change Management, iGaming, and Training Delivery.
He has worked on various assignments in the field of IT and Compliance in numerous industries including Hospitality, Oil and Gas, Insurance, iGaming, Fintech, Government and many more. He has led large development teams as well as service delivery and operations teams. Andrew brings a wealth of experience having delivered numerous projects ranging from large scale ERP implementations to more specialised initiatives.
Andrew currently runs his own consultancy firm focusing primarily on compliance, AML, IT Consultancy and Business Process Reengineering in the iGaming industry.
Founder and Managing Partner of NOUV
Mark A. Aquilina, is a C-Level professional, founder and Managing Partner of NOUV, a multi-discpilinary firm established in 2008, that helps organisations identify, design, and execute their strategy.
He is a fellow member of the management institute UK, the International Academy of Business and Financial Management, and is a certified Master Financial Controller and Master Financial Professional. He is currently reading for a Master’s (MSc) degree in Finance at the University of Aberdeen.
His experience in the financial services industry dates back to more than has 25 years and worked with large and small firms alike, both locally as well as internationally. Throughout his career, Mark occupied roles in the consultancy division of Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young, was a Group Financial Controller of a renowned Group of companies in Malta and a Financial Controller with one of the largest groups in the Middle East.
NOUV focuses on creating the change that matters by working together with our clients and by partnering with industry experts to develop and realise business goals. NOUV’s consulting, specialty and support services offer an integrated solution to their clients' toughest challenges across all business functions.
Moreover, NOUV matches high-quality business opportunities to the right investors and assist companies in boosting their business's appeal to stakeholders, maximising funding options, identify and negotiate with target businesses or potential acquirers or joint ventures.
L. Burke Files DDP CACM, President
Financial Examinations & Evaluations, Inc
Mr. Files is an international financial investigator and due diligence expert who has run cases in over 130 countries and has visited over 100 countries.
Mr. Files has tackled investigations running from a few hundred thousands dollars to over 20 billion. Along the way he became familiar with the knowledge of what people need to do, for due diligence, preventing corruption, and to avoid helping criminals launder money. He brings this experience of hands on investigating and problem solving experience to his lectures on Due Diligence, AML, and Anti-Corruption.
Prior to founding FE&E, Inc. he served as the Director of Corporate Finance for American National an investment bank focused on development stage venture capital. He was also employed by Oppenheimer/Rouse as a commodities specialist trading customer accounts in Agri-Business and 24-hour gold, silver, and foreign currency trading. He began working in with IFCs in 1986.
Mr. Files has authored six books, and many white papers and articles. He has been quoted in major publications including The Guardian, The Financial Times, Forbes, US Newsweek and more. He is the author of the award wining book Due Diligence For The Financial Professional 2nd Edition. Mr. Files serves on the board of directors for several private companies, funds, and non-profits.
Mr. Files active in several civic organizations. In the past Mr. Files has served as a member of the Arizona Governor’s Board on Solid Waste Management, as an advisor to the Governor’s Board on Economic Planning and Development. Mr. Files has also received a Commission and a Medal of Merit from the President of the United States.
Mike J. Masoud
Senior instructor and researcher for The AACI in the fields of internal control, governance, and corruption prevention methodologies.
Mike J. Masoud is an internationally known expert in the anti-corruption field and leads The American Anti-Corruption Institute (AACI) business and initiatives in the Middle East and Africa. He is a senior instructor and researcher for The AACI in the fields of internal control, governance, and corruption prevention methodologies.
Mr. Masoud is the co-founder and managing director of BZ Consulting International, an advisory and training firm specializing in internal control, anti-fraud and corruption, corruption risk management and fraud and corruption examination. He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of the corruption investigation, auditing, and anti-corruption advisory.
He has extensive experience with an international auditing firm and has consulted worldwide, helping corporations investigate allegations of corruption, and served as a litigation consultant working with attorneys representing shareholders in complex court cases involving serious allegations of corporate fraud, improper financial reporting, and economic crimes.
Advising many public, private, and non-profit organizations in the Middle East and Africa, Mr. Masoud brings financial expertise, a strong understanding of strategy and risk, and detailed regional and international insights into anti-corruption ethics and compliance.
As he is a frequent speaker at anti-corruption related conferences in the Middle East and Africa, his core research and advisory is directly related to internal control, corruption prevention, corporate governance, and mechanisms of decision making.
He graduated from Pittsburg State University, KS-USA in December 2000 with distinction holding MBA and majoring in accounting. He passed the CPA exam in California in May 2001 with distinguished scores. Besides, he is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Anti-Corruption Manager (CACM). He is a member of the following American professional institutions:
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
The American Anti-Corruption Institute (AACI)
Mr. Masoud serves as a member of the ACFE Advisory Council, a member of The AACI technical advisory committee, and a member of The AACI academic initiatives committee. He leads The AACI educational initiatives in the Middle East and Africa.