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The Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Lectures: Forensic Accounting: The New Normal?

October 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

About the Program/Learning Objective

Join the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy as we welcome a panel of forensic accounting experts.

Grant Thornton panelists will discuss 1) recent trends in the regulatory enforcement environment and the role of forensic accounting, 2) relevant examples and experiences from their investigative cases, 3) Thoughts on the future outlook for the industry, including the impact of recent regulatory changes and new technologies.

Baruch College thanks Grant Thornton LLP for their generous support of the Saxe Lectures. 


About the Speakers

Omar M. Elshahawi

Senior Manager, Forensic Advisory Services

 Omar Elshahawi is a Senior Manager in Grant Thornton’s Forensic Advisory Services practice located in New York, NY.  Omar has more than 13 years of experience providing consulting services to clients.  His primary experience focuses on assisting companies and their counsel with matters involving breach of contract claims, allegations of asset misappropriation and other misuses of assets, financial statement fraud and M&A disputes.  His engagements have included lost profits analyses, internal investigations, asset tracing, source / use analyses, post-acquisition disputes, financial model reviews, business interruption claims and business valuation related issues.  He has experience working in both federal and state court as well as international arbitration tribunals.  Omar received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University.  Omar is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).


Andrew T. Taffurelli, CPA, CFF, CGMA

Senior Manager – Forensic Advisory Services

Andy Taffurelli is a Senior Manager in Grant Thornton’s Forensic Advisory Services practice located in New York, NY. Andy has over five years of professional experience assisting clients with legal disputes involving forensic accounting matters, alternate dispute resolutions, corporate investigations, litigation support, business interruption insurance claims and financial and accounting analysis. Mr. Taffurelli has also assisted clients with various technical accounting matters. His clients include both public and private companies across a variety of industries. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mr. Taffurelli worked for four years in EY’s financial assurance practice, with a healthcare industry focus.  Andy holds several professional credentials, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF).  Andy has also successfully passed the rigourous Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent entrance evaluation.   

Gregory R. Westfall, CFA

New York City Office Managing Principal

Greg serves as the New York City Office Managing Principal and is responsible for driving revenue growth across all of Grant Thornton’s service lines (audit, tax, and advisory). He is also responsible for enhancing Grant Thornton’s brand and leading the people and culture experience for all professionals based in New York City.

Greg also serves as a Principal in Grant Thornton’s Forensic Advisory Services practice where he specializes in assisting companies, as well as their in-house and outside counsel, with investigations, forensic accounting matters, and complex commercial disputes. Greg has been retained as an expert in matters involving forensic accounting and financial damages. He has significant experience reporting to executive management, Boards of Directors, auditors, and in-house and outside counsel. Greg has reported to the FBI and DOJ in connection with accounting investigations.   

Greg is deeply involved in the community and regularly serves as a financial and accounting expert on behalf of Her Justice, one of the leading not-for-profit organizations in New York supported by law firms, financial institutions, as well as accounting and consulting firms.   

The Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Lectures in Accounting

The Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Lectures in Accounting are given as a public service by Baruch College of the City University of New York under the auspices of the Baruch College Fund and the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy. The lectures were established to honor Emanuel Saxe, Dean and Professor Emeritus at Baruch College, formerly Morton Wollman Distinguished Professor of Accountancy and University Distinguished Professor (for more information on Professor Saxe’s life and career at Baruch College, see the Saxe Biographical Page).


5:30 pm – Registration & Pre-Program Reception
6:00 pm – Panel
7:05 pm – Closing Remarks


Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Register online, by phone or e-mail:

  1. Complete the online registration form
  2. Call us at 646-312-3231
  3. E-mail us at Srdanovic@baruch.cuny.edu

Earn up to 1 CPE Credit (Accounting)
NASBA CPE Sponsor Number 109489

Continuing Professional Education Prerequisites and Advanced Preparation: None
Program Level: Overview
Delivery Method: Group-Live
For more information, please contact Rocky Srdanovic at Ruzdo.Srdanovic@baruch.cuny.edu.

The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org



October 28, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Baruch College – Library Building Room 750-760
151 East 25 Street
New York, NY 10010 United States


Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity