Matthias Heckel | KPMG | DE

Dr. Matthias Heckel

Senior Manager, Compliance & Forensic in Development Cooperation, Country Practice Head Africa

KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Since 2008 I have been working for KPMG and since 2010 for KPMG’s Forensic department which means my main aim is the prevention, exposure and clearance of economic crime. For I am eagerly interested in anti-corruption and development assistance, I was given the opportunity to be seconded to Zambia for two years in 2013. 

In Africa I was in charge of the Forensic department and International Development Advisory Services (IDAS) and among others lead forensic investigations and service regarding combating corruption in Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In my role as Country Practice Head of Africa for KPMG in Germany I understand myself not least as an ambassador of the continent of Africa, which’s reputation does not match the reality in many regions that have boomed for years. Among other factors, this is due to a negative and biased media coverage. 

I would be happy to assist German investors to discover Africa as what it really is: A colorful continent in euphoric mood with an often astonishing dynamic of growth. What I want to share based on my personal experience: The fear of being confronted with corruption in Africa may be reasonable at some point, however these problem do have a solution. And we are happy to help you.

Education and qualifications

  • Doktor der Philosophie

  • Diplomkaufmann

  • Magister Artium

  • Doctoral candidate, Faculty of Business and Economics, Leuphana University Lüneburg


  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

  • Associate lecturer at Leuphana University Lüneburg

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