Who We Are
We are a nontraditional consulting firm that built its practice based on its own research in the fields of internal control and anti fraud. Established in the USA in early 2002 and in response to the mega fraud of corporate America such as Enron, Worldcom, and others, several professionals and academicians collaborated together at first to research in the filed of internal control. Later, we started to develop our own tools and methodologies based on the COSO framework.
What makes us different from others is that we are innovators in addressing the internal control concept. Our consulting internal control services are built on the seamless integration of an entity's internal control, information theory, and information technology. Thus, we are innovators in applying the internal control concepts to any entity.
Starting in 2005, we began providing our anti fraud / corruption services based on our research and innovation in internal control. In addition, we capitalize on our academic and professional expertise in providing advisory services to adjacent fields. These fields are risk management, forensic accounting, internal audit, and good governance.
Usually, our team's collective experience in any consulting engagement exceeds 100 years. That is why our associates and senior consultants are our project partners.
We are not expert consultants. We are process consultants.
Network and Association
Over the years Birzeit Consulting and its experts have built an international network of highly qualified and trusted associates with whom they work in close collaboration.
The broad spectrum of the industry and country expertise of these experts (financial experts, Certified Anti-Corruption Manager, Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Public Accountants, Certified Internal Auditors, Certified Internal Control Auditors, attorneys, tax advisors, industry analysts, technical consultants, private investigators, investigative reporters) enables us to handle a wide variety of cases in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, USA, and Asia.
We use this worldwide network to work on complex issues which require coordinating interdisciplinary teams across multiple geographical areas; we are also in a position to respond to priority requests.
Our associates are our project partners.
Associate With Us
Experts in relevant fields are welcome to associate with us. Please complete and email us your request for association.
The American Anti-Corruption Institute (AACI)
Established in Delaware in 2012 and runs its operations from its headquarter in Tempe, Arizona, the AACI is a professional institute developed to empower middle and upper management through a certification process to fight fraud and corruption consciously, proactively, efficiently, and effectively. Because tone is always set at the top, the AACI believes that decision makers should always have anti- fraud intelligence. The AACI believes that management is the weakest cycle that usually jeopardizes any anti -corruption effort in any entity. Despite the fact that there is too much literature written about the role of management in fighting fraud and corruption, no one organization or school provides specific disciplined education and approaches to fight fraud and corruption that engages middle and upper management in the anti-corruption process.
The AACI Approach
The AACI provides its members with an anti-corruption certification program and further study those conditions that lead to fraud and corruption and the most effective means to battle fraud and corruption. When a member passes the program exam, (s) he will be certified as Certified Anti-Corruption Manager ® ©(CACM) ® ©.
The AACI ensures its members will possess the cutting edge anti-corruption knowledge and skills. This is both through the Continuing Professional Educational (CPE) requirements and the sharing of the results of our research. The AACI provides several workshops and training programs that are directly relevant to anti-corruption. The education and training process will be continuously refined by the results of our research, research that is global in nature.
Financial Examinations & Evaluations, Inc. ( FEE, Inc.)
P.O. Box 27346
Tempe, Arizona 85285
Phone: (480) 838-1728
FAX: (480) 491-9439
800 Linda Drive
Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: (847) 652-2370
303 Park Avenue South #1129
New York, N.Y. 10010
Phone: (847) 458-8670
FAX: (877) 438-2603
EGMONT Group of Financial Intelligence Units
World Bank - AML/CFT
The World Bank
United Nations Development Program
The Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering
UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNODC-GPML - Global Programme on Money Laundering
The American Anti-Corruption Institute (AACI)
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
The Institute for Internal Controls (IIC)
The Institute for Internal Auditors (IIA)
The International Financial Reporting Standards Foundations (IFRS)
International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ITOSAI)
Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)
The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of Treadway Commission (COSO)
Basel Committee on Banking Supervision
GIFCS - Group of International Finance Centre Supervisors [formerly OGBS]
IAIS - International Association of Insurance Supervisors
IMF - International Monetary Fund
IOSCO - The International Organization of Securities Commissions
OECD - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
UN Counter-Terrorism Committee
UN Security Council Resolution 1267 Committee
UN Treaties - Ratification Status
WCO - World Customs Organization (English)
WTO - World Trade Organization
Mohammed J. Masoud CPA, CACM, CFE, CICA, MBA
Chairman and Managing Director; Middle East and Africa
Birzeit Consulting is led by Mr. Mohammed J. Masoud, CPA, CACM, CFE, CICA, MBA who runs the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) operations from the company's regional office in Amman-Jordan. Birzeit Consulting runs its global business from its parent's offices in Tempe, AZ, USA
A graduate with distinction of Pittsburg State University,KS-USA, (AACSB Accredited), Mr. Masoud has over 22 years of experience in leading firms in auditing and business consulting. He is a co-founder of the consulting concept Birzeit Consulting adopts and established Birzeit Consulting- USA, Dubai, Palestine, and Jordan. The foundation of his work is an unshakable belief in the power of people—given the right skills and environment—to create innovative solutions to even the most difficult problems.
Mr. Masoud's extensive experience covers contracting, manufacturing, retailing, banking and trading businesses and industries. He led consulting projects in Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Palestine, USA, and several other countries.
He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) -California,USA, Certified Anti-Corruption Manager (CACM), USA, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE),USA, and Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA),USA.
Mr. Masoud is well-known for his research and consulting practice in the fields of internal control, anti fraud, corporate governance, accounting, and auditing.
Mr. Masoud is a member of the following American institutions:
Mr. Masoud is an adjunct professor , a member of the ACFE Advisory Board Council since January 26, 2011, and Technical Advisory Director for the Middle East and Africa in The American Anti-Corruption Institute (AACI)
Dr. Raul Valverde, RPA, FAIA, CICA, AMA, PhD
Senior Consultant; London
Dr. Valverde has over eighteen years experience in business. His learner-focused attitude and best practice teaching methods enabled students to gain a real-world understanding of theory and principles. He is interested in Supply Chain Management Information Systems, Risk Management, Information Security, Accounting Information Systems, Computer Systems Auditing and E-business.
Dr. Valverde has the following academic and professional qualifications:
PhD, Business Administration, Information Systems: Dissertation title “The ontological evaluationof the requirements model when shifting from a traditional to a component-based paradigm in Information Systems Re-engineering” University of Southern Queensland, Australia, 2009
Operational Research Diploma Canadian Operational Research Society, Canada, 2009
Post MBA, Finance: Final research paper: “The design of a Decision Support Real estate system”McGill University, Canada, 1999
M.Eng, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Final research project: “The design and Implementation of a Geographical Information Systems by using GPS technology” Concordia University, Canada, 1996
MBA, Accounting Final research paper: “An investment portfolio management system for the financial markets in Mexico” ITESM, EGADE (AACSB Accredited.), Monterrey Mexico 1992
Registered Professional Accountant – Society of Professional Accountants of Canada (Accredited Canadian Accounting body) membership # AI 100
International Accountant, Association of the International Accountants (Accredited UK accounting body) membership# 157381
Associate Management Accountant, Institute of Certified Management Accountants - (Accredited Australian Accounting body)
Certified Internal Control Auditor, The institute for internal controls - (Accredited American body)
Professional Engineer- Professional Engineers of Ontario license #90525973
Microsoft Certified Engineer (2003)- Microsoft
Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (2000)- Microsoft
Microsoft Certified Trainer (2009)- Microsoft
Certified Network Associate (2008)- CISCO
He is a faculty lecturer for the bachelor and MBA programs in the Concordia University, John Molson School of Business & Continuing Education Department Montreal, Quebec, Canada and the University of Liverpool, Liverpool UK, Distance Learning Unit.
Dr. Valverde is a senior associate consultant with Birzeit Consulting ME, Europe and North America. He leads the IT consultancy and training in the fields of information systems, information technology, forensic audit, fraud investigation, and information security.
Ralph Lake, CFE, MA
Senior Consultant ; MENA
Mr. Lake's expertise is in anti-money laundering, counter financing terrorism, compliance, and asset recovery.
He holds a Master of Arts (Fraud and Financial Investigations) form Charles Sturt University, Australia and Diploma of Government (Fraud Control Investigation) Australian Forensic Services. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, CFE (USA).
Mr. Lake led several high-level international anti fraud and anti corruption projects. For example: Consulting advisor to the Afghan High Office of Oversight & Anti-Corruption for UNODC; Consulting criminal fraud investigator: The Global Fund, an NGO based in Geneva; Accredited Defense Investigator: International Criminal Court, based in The Hague; Consulting fraudulent misconduct investigator to several Australian government departments.
He provides advisory services on the IT implementation and customization used in Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs).
Robert Mckellar, MA
Senior Consultant, London
Mr. McKellar holds a Master of International Business, ESC-Grenoble, France and Master of Arts and Political Science, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. He has been a consultant for eight years, with cross-expertise in strategic marketing, growth strategy and international business risk. He led teams in the capacity of Engagement Manager, and have had oversight of multiple projects. His work spans research and analysis, workshop design and facilitation, and training and development.
Mr. McKellar worked with a variety of sectors, including IT and telecoms, infrastructure, retail, financial and professional services, as well as the public sector.
His international experience is perhaps unique. He has lived, worked and studied in North America, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He is adept at learning new cultures, and at adapting to very diverse environments. In addition, both of his post-graduate degrees were oriented towards understanding the international context of business. Mr. McKellar is currently the Birzeit Consulting senior consultant in the UK.
Ahmed ElSafty, MS, CPA, CITP, CISA, CISM
Senior Consultant, Washington DC, USA
Mr. ElSafty is a well-known international information technology (IT) security expert. Leading major IT engagements, internal control projects, and compliance assignments, Mr. ElSafty completed several projects successfully for the Department of Defense, USA, Department of Agriculture, USA and other federal agencies. He planned, managed and executed complex IT related, Sarbanes-Oxley and operational audit projects in a professional manner and in accordance with the AICPA and ISACA Professional Practices Framework. Further, he led several IT risk assessments in compliance with COSO, COBIT, and other similar risk/control models.
Mr. ElSafty leads the Birzeit Consulting Research Department-USA. He graduated from University of New Haven, CT-USA holding Master of Science- Managerial Accounting in 1992. Mr. ElSafty is professionally qualified and holds the following certifications and memberships:
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) (AICPA)
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Information System Audit Control Association (ISACA)
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Information System Audit Control Association (ISACA)
Certified in Sarbanes Oxley (CSOX) (SOX Institute)
Certified Business Manager (CBM), Association in Professionals Business Management (APBM)
BS 7799 Lead Auditor BSI Management System.
Fernando Gamiz, CPA, CFE, FCPA
Senior Consultant; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mr. Phares K. Sekalala, CPA, CFE
Senior Consultant; Ontario - Canada
Mr. Aftab Amin Ali, CFE, CCS, CFS, CAMS, CFCI, A. F. I. I.
Senior Consultant; MENA
Mr. Bruce Johnson, CIA,CISA,CFSA,CGAP,CCSA
Senior Consultant; USA
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