The ACi received an excellent reception at its inaugural event in Singapore on Thursday 20th June 2019. Mark Gough, regional head APAC, Stephen Storey, ACi board member and Kate Winter, general manager, attended the launch held at KPMG's Clubhouse.
Owen Hawkes, Partner, KPMG was our host for the evening and introduced ACi to the crowd. Mark Gough then gave an overview of the ACi as a membership-driven not for profit organisation, looking for input as to our products and services for members.
ACi board member Stephen explained the ACi's vision for education, training and accreditation for corporate investigations professionals. He asked delegates for their feedback on localised training needs. Some of the topics that came up were cognitive interviewing, planning and scoping in the early stages of an investigation, e-discovery and data science, managing large volumes of data, cultural sensitivity, body language, cross-border investigations and preventing investigations.
Jenny Tsin, Partner, The Wong Partnership, was our keynote speaker. Jenny has many years experience dealing with issues that arise in investigations She advised delegates that before commencing they should understanding the purpose of the investigation, identify the root causes, identify those responsible and identify any remedial action required. She said it was important to understand the relevance of legal privilege, and to clarify whether the investigation was for the purpose of seeking legal advice or to find out the cause of an event. She also gave some tips on sequencing interviews for the best results.
Among delegates there was some frank and open discussion about the challenges of running investigations which have thousands of documents to catalogue and analyse. Delegates welcomed the opportunity to network with other professionals. ACi was delighted because delegates came forward offering to host future training events and to support the ACi in the wider region.
The event was run in tandem with a survey among corporate investigators in SE Asia. The survey also demonstrated a great appetite for the ACi and our mission to ensure that corporate investigations is recognised as an accredited profession. 96% of respondents said they would be interested in attending ACi training.
The ACi would like to extend its sincere thanks to the KPMG team Eleanor Goh, Peipei Kew and Owen Hawkes for supporting the ACi and hosting the event. Our regional head, Mark Gough, will be heading up a series of events in the region in 2019 and beyond. Exciting times!