Profiles - Cerberus Risk Consultants

Pat Cunningham

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Pat is currently the Executive Director for Africa and the Middle East for the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) having recently retired as the Executive Director of the South African Fraud Prevention Service, a position he held from 2000 when he was appointed to start the service by the major banking and retail credit grantors in South Africa. He is a Director of 360 Global, a UK based company associated with the insurance claims industry.

He is the Managing Member of Cerberus Risk Consultants, his own company, engaged in financial crime prevention, corporate governance,  risk management and ethics awareness training and workshops throughout Africa.

Pat holds a degree in law, an associate degree in Risk Management and is a Fellow of The Society of Risk Managers(South Africa). He has also attended Senior Management programmes at Stellenbosch University Business School as well as programmes in criminal law at University of KwaZulu Natal.

Pat was born in the UK, and went to Zimbabwe in 1963 and then to South Africa in 1979 to join the Sentrachem Group.

In 1984 Pat joined the Boumat Group of companies and spent 12 years as Group Risk Manager before joining South African Breweries as Divisional Risk Management Consultant in SAB’s South African Beer Division. He left SAB to start the South African Fraud Prevention Service on behalf of the banking and retail industries in South Africa.

He has been a guest lecturer on Corporate Governance at the UNISA Department of Business Management.  He has developed workshops and presented various seminars and conferences on Fraud Prevention, Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Ethics, Corruption and Money Laundering in London, Sydney, Nairobi, Kampala, Lusaka, Accra, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Windhoek, Gaberone and Cape Town as well as to the Social Services Commission of Namibia and The Reserve Bank of Botswana.

In December 2008 he presented a paper on identity crime in the Southern African context at the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme in Courmayeur, Italy and which was later published in the official journal if ISPAC.

He has also appeared on numerous television and radio programmes both in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Africa generally with regard to fraud prevention and has been regularly quoted in the South African print media. Pat is listed in the prestigious publication Who’s Who in Southern Africa and he is the recipient of the Spirit Award from the Bank of America.

Pat has been involved in crime and fraud prevention for more than 40 years