Vince Walden, CEO of Kona AI, Recognized as Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Vince Walden, CEO of Kona AI - IMA

 Vince Walden, CEO of Kona AI, the leading AI solution in investigative and compliance monitoring for anti-corruption, risk, and compliance professionals, has been recognized as the Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Each year, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) recognizes exceptional individuals for their contributions to the fight against fraud. Now in its 20th year, the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) of the Year Award, is presented to a CFE who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of fraud examination. Nominees are evaluated based on a number of criteria, including their contributions to the ACFE, to the profession and to the community. 

“I am extremely honored to be the recipient of this award,” said Vince Walden, CEO of Kona AI. “I have dedicated my life to counteracting fraud and making organizations safer and more secure, and to be given this recognition by such an esteemed organization is truly humbling.”

With more than 25 years of investigative and legal technology experience, Vince Walden has extensive experience deploying anti-fraud, compliance, anti-bribery and corruption compliance monitoring, sanctions and trade compliance, and antitrust technology solutions. He also has deep insights in using leading technology approaches to artificial intelligence and proprietary anti-fraud behavioral algorithms.

As an internationally recognized industry thought leader, Mr. Walden is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University’s Law School, teaching Compliance Innovation. He sits on Compliance Week’s 2022 Advisory Board and is featured in many publications, including Internal Auditor Magazine, Compliance Week, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. In addition, he is a regular columnist for FRAUD Magazine, writing on anti-fraud technologies. As part of COSO’s Anti-Fraud Task Force, Mr. Walden co-authored the “Fraud Risk Management Guide”, released in September 2016 and is currently being updated for 2022. He also hosts a bi-weekly podcast show, “The Walden Pond”, which focuses on compliance innovation on the syndicated Compliance Podcast Network.


About Kona AI

Kona AI is the leading, research-driven AI solution for anti-corruption, risk and compliance professionals. Their easy-to-use software and flexible, secure deployment models drive fact-based decisions that focus on the risk areas that matter to regulators and businesses. Kona comes from not only their founder’s name (Anil Kona) who is known as a friendly and trustworthy person in this industry. It also comes from the Hawaiian word for ‘leeward’ or the protected, safe and dry part of an island. Learn more about Kona AI at

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