Shirley Ivason-Wagener

Director, Forensic

KPMG in South Africa

Shirley has almost 30 years of forensic related experience, having gained such experience in the SAPS Detectives (10 years), Eskom Forensic (8 years) and KPMG (8 years, 10 months). Shirley is a former Captain of the SAPS and headed up the Eskom Forensic department prior to joining KPMG Forensic in 2007.

Shirley managed the forensic team at Eskom and was responsible for reporting into various governance committees (EXCO, Board and Audit Committees) on fraud and related matters in Eskom. Shirley managed performance and training and development of staff and the department’s budget. Shirley was involved in high profile cases and cross border investigations in West Africa (Nigeria, Manantali and Mali) and Brussels. Shirley also provided strategic and operational guidance to staff and was responsible for the initiation and implementation of fraud awareness initiatives such as “Spot Fraud” workshops.

At KPMG, she plays a leading role in the state-owned-entities (SOE) and Government sectors. She has vast forensic experience in both the public and private sectors. Shirley has extensive forensic experience in both the private and public sector. At KPMG, she specialises in the forensic investigations space. In addition, she is currently the Director heading up the fraud risk management (FRM) and ethics advisory service line at KPMG, which includes a broad spectrum of services including fraud and ethics risk assessments, fraud and ethics education, proactive due diligence and fraud compliance reviews, fraud prevention policies and advising clients on effective fraud risk management strategies and ethics management as well as anti-corruption strategies and initiatives.

Areas of expertise:

  • Energy and Mining
  • Banking
  • Education
  • SOEs and Government
  • Infrastructure

Education and qualifications

  • National Diploma: Police Administration

  • BTech – Forensic Investigations

  • Masters of Business Leadership

  • ICSA Programme in Corporate Governance

  • MBL – Thesis on fraud risk management best practice for SOEs

Accreditation

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

  • Institute of Commercial Forensic Practitioners

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