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Contact Details

Email: r.kassem@aston.ac.uk

Office: ABS 421

Phone: 0121 204 3641 

Biography

I am a senior academic with over sixteen years of experience in UK Higher Education. I am currently a Senior Lecturer at Aston University, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Certified Management & Business Educator. I teach at various levels academically and professionally, conduct impactful research, and regularly engage in knowledge exchange activities with policymakers and professionals. I am also a Certified Fraud Examiner, a consultant at Cifas in the UK, a member of the Cross-Sector Fraud Advisory Group at the Cabinet Office in the UK, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Advisory Council in the US.

I research fraud, corruption, cybercrime, governance, and audit across various sectors including private, public, and voluntary. My research is devoted to combating fraud, corruption, and cybercrime, while also highlighting their impact on economic stability, national security, as well as psychological and societal consequences. Furthermore, I aim to equip auditors, law enforcement professionals, governance professionals, business leaders, and other stakeholders with the necessary skills to effectively address these crimes. Through my work, I strive to uphold justice, promote effective governance and audit practices, ensure global security, and foster trust in governments and the rule of law.
 
Additionally, I have a keen interest in exploring the role of technology in countering fraud, corruption, and cybercrime, as well as its potential to enhance audit and governance practices. I conduct studies to gain insights into how technology can be utilised to effectively address these issues and strengthen overall accountability. Moreover, I delve into the impact of fraud on sustainability and examine the responsibilities of accountants, auditors, and effective governance in promoting sustainable practices and fostering ethical conduct within organisations.
 
I am also interested in pedagogical research and interdisciplinary research covering or intersecting with any of my research areas. 

 

Awards

  • Excellence in enterprise award, Coventry University, 2019
  • Excellence in teaching award, University of Brighton, 2017
  • Excellence in teaching award, The British University of Egypt, 2011

Qualifications

  • PhD, Audit & Fraud, Loughborough University, UK
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), ACFE, US
  • Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Certified Member of the ACFE
  • Member of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)
  • Member of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Research Interests

  • Fraud 
  • Corruption
  • Forensic Accounting 
  • Cyber Crime, Resilience, and Governance 
  • Audit & Assurance 
  • Governance 
  • Accountability
  • Risk Management 
  • Sustainability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Business Ethics 
  • Technology in audit, governance, and fraud
  • Pedagogy (i.e., Research in Teaching & Learning)
  • Policing Governance, Ethics, and Fraud Investigation 

Funding Applications and Awards

  • Principal Investigator – The Open University, UK - £25000, 2022: Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Staff in UK Higher Education
  • Principal Investigator – The Open University, UK - £3000, 2022: How to mitigate fraud risk in professional football 
  • Principal Investigator – The Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Funding – The Open University, UK - £3500, 2021: Governance issues in policing 
  • Principal Investigator- City of London Police - £100k, 2019: Fraud Investigation in Policing 

Teaching Activity

  • Audit & Assurance 
  • Risk Management 
  • Case Study
  • Research Methods

Consulting

  • Insider Fraud Consultant, Cifas, London 

External Connections and Partnerships

  • Member of the UK Government Department for Education's network focusing on fraud research across various sectors, 2021 – Present
  • Member of Accounting for Impact
  • Member of the Fraud Women's Network
  • Member of the Evidence and Partnerships Hub collaborating with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to discuss research that could be useful to MoJ, 2021 – Present
  • Member of the academic research network at the College of Policing, 2021- Present

 

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Member of the Cross-sector Fraud Advisory Group

2019 → …

Member of the ACFE Advisory Council

2018 → …

External Examiner , University of Durham

20172020

Keywords

  • BJ Ethics
  • Fraud
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Audit & Assurance
  • Governance
  • Corruption
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Policing
  • Pedagogy
  • Wellbeing
  • Mental health
  • Risk Management

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