Jethro Vrouwenfelder is senior manager investigations bij Deloitte Forensic & Financial Crime.
His career in conducting fact-finding investigations began at PwC in 2005. After working at PwC, he made a switch to Integis. As a managing partner he was eventually responsible for a part of the conducted investigations. During this period, he also was the co-founder of the Netherlands Institute Integrity Housing Associations (“Nederlands Instituut Integriteit Woningcorporaties”), which was set up as a platform to share knowledge about integrity issues at housing corporations.
Real estate is an important common thread running through the research conducted by Jethro. The first major investigation in which Jethro was involved, was an investigation into the real estate fraud around the “Zuidas” in Amsterdam. Later, many investigations were conducted at housing corporations. Furthermore, Jethro conducted research at or for Dutch systemic banks, large companies, provinces, municipalities and non-departmental agencies.
I am convinced that sharing knowledge and experience can lead to a better and more focused approach to financial and economic crime: under the guise of learning from others and from their issues and solutions. You often see that the same method to commit fraud is used repeatedly within a specific branch. In my opinion, sharing knowledge is a small but essential part of all solutions aimed to reduce financial and economic crime.
In addition, I have faith in the (potentially existing) effectiveness of cooperation between public and private parties. I consider it a challenge to investigate, according to the possibilities that already exist, how private and public parties can reinforce each other to prevent financial crime.
Because of my role as a board member of the IFFC, I hope to contribute to the gathering of knowledge about integrity issues and to the stimulation of public-private partnerships in the field of financial crime.