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M23019 - Forensic Accounting and Internal Audit – Key Similarities and Differences (Online)

  • 16 Feb 2023
  • 13:30 - 16:45
  • Online Webinar


Registration is closed
Registration Time: 13:15
Sessions Time: 13:30 - 16:45  including a 15-minute break
Speakers: Ms Rebekah Barthet & Ms Alicia Vella
Venue:   Online Webinar
Participation Fees (The Institute is now accepting payments via Paypal)
MIA Members: €40.00
Non-MIA Members: €75.00
Retired Members: €20.00
Students: €30.00

*Group bookings for 3 or more participants available.


A company may undergo various types of reviews to assess and report the health of the entity, uncover potential areas of vulnerability and identify occurrences of misconduct, such as fraud. Having knowledge of the various types of reviews will assist the entity in understanding the benefit of each and identify the most appropriate one based on the circumstances.
Forensic accounting is the process of gathering evidence to establish the existence of fraud or of criminal activity, with the intention for it to be used in Court.
Internal auditing is an independent function which provides objective assurance on the operating effectiveness of organisation’s risk management, governance and internal control processes.

Specific topics to be covered during the session

  • The basics of forensic accounting and internal audit
  • The characteristics and skillset of forensic accountants and internal auditors
  • Key similarities and differences
  • Their role in relation to fraud

Why is the session of relevance to our members?

This session is relevant to members as it will provide an overview of forensic accounting and internal audit, two areas of specialisation within the accountancy profession.
It is also relevant to those charged with corporate governance as they are responsible for monitoring the overall risk assessment process of the organisation, including the management of exposure to fraud risks. Understanding the differences between the two areas of specialisation is essential for them in order to identify the requirements for their organisation.

Target Audience

The session is targeted to aspiring finance professionals seeking to obtain an understanding of these two areas of specialisation, and their role in the prevention and detection of fraud. This session will also be of interest to those professionals who already work within the respective fields.

Speakers' Profiles

Alicia Vella is a director within the advisory department. She joined Mazars in January 2010 as a partly qualified accountant whilst undergoing ACCA studies. Alicia is currently heading the internal audit team who provide tailored internal audit solutions with particular focus on the insurance, gaming and investment services industries. She has also led a number of assignments particularly in relation to process redesign and improvement, risk and internal control. Alicia has also extensive experience in Anti-Money Laundering through her involvement in a number of AML assignments.
Alicia is a Certified Internal Auditor, a certified AML specialist, a CPA and member of the Malta Institute of Accountants.
Rebekah Barthet is a senior manager within the Business Advisory Department at Mazars in Malta. As an appointed Court Expert, she is involved in forensic investigations relating to financial crime. Rebekah was also involved in anti-money laundering related projects instituted by law-enforcement agencies.
Rebekah holds an MSc in Forensic Accounting and is accredited with the ACAMS certification. She is a certified public accountant, holding a practicing certificate in auditing and a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants


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