Tech Sector Fraud Summit Speaker Bios & Presentations


Name Title Biography

Andrew Price

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  • Senior Counsel
  • Google Inc
Andrew Price is a senior counsel on Google’s Ethics and Compliance team based in San Francisco, California. The team’s core mission is to enable Google’s business to achieve its objectives in a manner that’s consistent with its core values (including “Doing the Right Thing”) and to responsibly manage compliance risk. In his role, Price focuses on leading the team’s global internal investigations function, managing the company’s anonymous helpline, and providing advice and counsel on topics such as attorney-client privilege, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, proper use of company assets, insider trading and other compliance-related matters.

Price joined Google in August 2011. From 2008 to 2011, he was an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP where he focused on securities enforcement defense and litigation. From 2003-2008, Price was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and a Civil Division attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Presentation :10L-Chafin-Price

Brett Johnson

Brett Johnson

  • Former Most Wanted
  • Leading Expert on Cybercrime
Former United States Most Wanted, Brett Johnson, referred to by the United States Secret Service as “The Original Internet Godfather,” has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for 20 years.  Mr. Johnson was instrumental in developing many areas of online fraud still seen in operation today. Johnson founded and was the leader of He designed the forum system, review process, and marketplace structure still in use by today’s online criminals.  Brett “Gollumfun” Johnson helped design, implement, and refine modern ID Theft, ATO, CNP, and IRS Fraud, and countless other breaches and hacking operations.  Considered one of the best Social Engineers in the world, the United States Secret Service promptly hired Mr. Johnson as a consultant and paid informant upon his capture in February 2005. While working for the Secret Service, Mr. Johnson continued to engage in crime. Mr. Johnson soon went on a cross-country crime spree, was placed on the United States Most Wanted List, and was captured and sent to prison — where he promptly escaped.  Captured, he served a sentence of 7 years.

Upon his release, Johnson has striven to help others avoid the types of crime he used to commit.  One of the leading experts in the world on cybercrime, online fraud, and identity theft, Brett is unique in that he offers a viewpoint and understanding of crime which is unavailable anywhere else on the planet. Today he uses his vast wealth of knowledge assisting others in staying safe.

Calvin Liu

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  • Electrical Engineer
  • Lead Consultant Motorola Semiconductor
Calvin began his career as an electrical engineer, working as a designer on the AMD K6 and K7 processors (Athlon). He then spent 10 years in the semiconductor industry and was a lead consultant in the formation of the Stingray Division in Motorola Semiconductor (Now On Semiconductor and Freescale). Previous roles include a Solution Architect at Nihon Synopsys KK Consulting, Country Manager for Epic Design Technology in Japan and Senior Manager at Cadence Design Services where he was responsible for all technical interactions with at Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC), including joint marketing, IP and new technology development. Calvin also has 10 years’ experience in the startup world including developing hardware and software products and GIS/GPS systems, and knows more about street parking than probably anyone, anywhere having mapped parking 5 US cities personally for a parking startup.

Presentation: Ventura at ACFE Fraud Summit SF 170915

Chris James

Chris James

  • Associate Vinson & Elkins
  • Government and Internal Investigations
Christopher James is an associate in the San Francisco office of Vinson & Elkins LLP.  Christopher’s principal areas of practice include government and internal investigations, corporate risk and compliance, white collar criminal defense, and complex commercial litigation.  He represents clients in various industries, including automotive and tech manufacturing, telecommunications, banking, and energy.  A graduate of Washington University School of Law, Chris is a member of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the State Bar of California Litigation Section, and the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF).

George Totev


  • Risk and compliance function
George Totev is experienced and innovative executive with passion for Information Security and Risk Management with more than 20 years of experience in technology and financial industries, creating and leading various Information Security functional groups. George combines business knowledge with solid technology and risk management background, analytical approach and operational excellence. George has extensive experience in establishing, managing and optimizing compliance programs (SOX, SOC, PCI, GLBA, HIPPA, privacy, eDiscovery, etc.).

Most recently, George established the Risk and Compliance function at Atlassian – $5.3Bn, recently listed on NASDAQ Australian software company. His area of responsibilities includes Enterprise Risk Management, business continuity and overall compliance – internal and external.

Presentation: Click Here

Glen Day


  • Partner EY
  • Cyber Security Center of Excellence
Glen is the America’s Cyber Security Leader for Technology, the Global Leader for intellectual Property (IP) Protection and previously the America’s Cyber Security Leader for Healthcare.

Glen was previously Los Angeles County’s first Chief Privacy Officer and led the development, implementation and operations of both the HIPAA Privacy and Security Programs.

His areas of concentration IP and critical information asset protection; visual “Big Data” and cyber security analytics; automated contextual data classification/information governance; data loss prevention (DLP); cloud security; governance, risk and compliance (GRC); information privacy; ISO 27001/2, NIST, HIPAA and PCI security program assessments; incident response (IR) and SIEM planning, design and operations.

Glen has helped his clients take comprehensive, strategic approaches to managing and maturing their cyber security and privacy programs to protect their critical information assets, reduce business risk and address complex compliance mandates.

He has assisted clients in assessing the systemic issues of their security programs, identifying root causes and providing strategic remediation plans to improve program effectiveness.

Glen is a retired Navy Commander who specialized in Information Warfare.

Glen is a Certified Information Systems Manager, certified by ISACA

Presentation: Reducing Fraud Risks Through Effective Information Governance in the Tech Sector (15SEP2017)

 Julia Baron KniescheJulia Baron Kniesche
  •  EY
  • Senior Manager
 Julia Baron Kniesche is a manager in the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS) practice. She brings more than 10 years of professional experience advising clients on complex issues related to financial, economic, and accounting matters. She has served large corporations, special committees, law firms, and governmental entities in conducting forensic accounting investigations, risk assessments, and advising on dispute matters.

Lisa Chafin

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  • Financial Investigations Manager, Internal Audit Google, Inc.
Lisa Chafin leads the Internal Audit team’s global efforts to investigate allegations of financial fraud and other financial misconduct. She has conducted hundreds of cross-functional investigations in partnership with Google’s legal, security, human resources and other internal compliance teams involving a broad spectrum of financial topics. She plays a key role in developing remedial action in response to specific instances of misconduct and implementing appropriate controls to mitigate the risk of future misconduct. Chafin also supports the company’s fraud risk management program including education, risk assessments and fraud focused audits. Prior to Google, she was a manager in PwC’s forensic consulting group in New York and San Francisco, focusing on investigations and contract compliance.

Presentation: 10L-Chafin-Price

Miles RipleyMiles Ripley
  • EY

  • Partner

 Miles is a Partner/Principal in EY’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice. He has more than 15 years of forensic accounting investigation and compliance experience, specializing in fraud, bribery and corruption, integrity diligence and asset recovery investigations. Miles has conducted investigations around the globe during criminal and insolvency proceedings. In addition, Miles has significant experience in assisting clients with the design, implementation and monitoring of anti-fraud and anti-corruption compliance programs, including conducting integrity diligence, risk assessments and anti-corruption monitoring.

Paul Starret


  • Private Investigator
Paul Starrett is a licensed private investigator and attorney specializing in high-profile investigations and legal consulting especially where electronic data is central. He is founder and CEO of Starrett Consulting, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based, full-service investigations firm that leverages API’s from open-source and commercial data-science applications to analyze structured and unstructured data. He is former General Counsel and Chief Global Risk Officer of an international, publicly-held data management corporation heading their global legal, operations and risk-management groups. His 25-year career began in law enforcement and corporate security and later progressed into information-security engineering, electronic discovery and information management.

Starrett is Founding and Current Chair of the Big Data Committee of the American Bar Association and active in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Python Meetup Group (San Francisco). He is nationally published in the areas of interview and interrogation, electronic evidence, private investigations and e-commerce law / technology.

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  •  Senior Manager
Scott Walker (Senior Manager – Investigations & Intelligence) has protected the United States and his local community as a military Criminal Investigator, Law Enforcement Officer, Corporate Investigations Leader, and Volunteer Firefighter with a combined service of over 25 years.  He has led investigations teams in the successful prosecution of fraud, harassment, assault, and information leaks globally.  He has developed adaptive teams and identified risk through extensive investigation.  He has created cross-functional investigations programs by requiring Investigators to be proactive, efficient, and to work with other business units to increased productivity, identify process gaps, and build customer trust.
 Steve MorangSteve Morang
  • SF ACFE President

  • Senior Manager
Steve is a Senior Manager in our Advisory Department and has over 20 years of auditing, consulting and management experience working with companies in the United States and Europe. He leads our Advisory Fraud & Forensics Practice and as a result oversees all of Frank, Rimerman + Co.’s Fraud Investigations and Fraud Risk Assessment projects. Steve graduated from Webster University and received his M.B.A. in Finance. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor and holds the Certification in Risk Management Assurance.
Tom Pellman


  • Associate Director Blackpeak

Tom Pellman is Associate Director of Blackpeak, an international investigative research and risk advisory firm. Blackpeak specializes in investigative due diligence, fraud investigations and security, and business intelligence research. Founded in Asia, the firm now operates from strategic locations in key financial and economic centers, including  Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and New York.

Tom is responsible for building up Blackpeak’s presence on the West Coast and in the Americas overall. In addition to working with West Coast-based clients, Tom also helps manage due diligence and corporate investigation projects for many of Blackpeak’s largest existing clients.

Previously, Tom was Operational Head of Blackpeak’s Beijing office, primarily managing risk advisory projects in Greater China and North Asia and overseeing the Beijing office’s day-to-day operations. He lived in China for over a decade and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Tom Rudenko


  • Head of Audit

Tom Rudenko is the Head of Audit at Yelp.  Prior to Yelp, Tom held various finance, risk and audit positions in tech, gaming, entertainment and retail, including Deloitte, Sony, Activision Blizzard and Caesars Entertainment.  Tom is a CPA and an active member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Institute of Internal Auditors and California & Nevada Societies of CPAs.  In addition to his audit duties, Tom is a musician, previously signed with Warner Bros. and Rhino Records.  Tom’s music has been featured in films and television, and he’s toured extensively and recorded music with a variety of artists including Bob Dylan.  Tom is currently playing in a soul music band in San Francisco.