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Katherine Shamai Partner Melbourne +61 3 8663 6123

Partner – Consulting
Risk Consulting

Katherine has over 17 years of professional experience in providing governance, compliance, internal audit, and risk management services to a range of clients including federal, state and local government agencies and departments, not-for-profits, ASX listed companies and private companies. She has extensive experience assisting clients with governance reviews, risk assessments, reviews of key internal processes and controls, recommendations to strengthen control weaknesses identified, drafting of policies and procedures as well as being seconded to clients to help implement recommendations.

Katherine brings a combination of industry and professional services experience to her clients. This is reflected in practical and pragmatic advice and recommendations tailored to suit the unique environment of each client.


  • Governance reviews and advice including Board maturity assessments, governance arrangements and structures, and succession planning.
  • Internal audit programs and reviews
  • Compliance reviews against legislative and regulatory requirements, funding agreements or service agreements
  • Enterprise, project and subject-specific risk assessments
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) services from advisory services through to Independent Reviews
  • Design of governance, risk and compliance frameworks, processes and tools
  • Authoring of frameworks, policies and procedures


  • Leading AML/CTF risk assessments for a federal government agency
  • Leading AML/CTF independent review for a complex reporting entity
  • Design and pilot of compliance program at National Disability Insurance Agency
  • Develop and manage internal audit programs for a range of public sector and not-for-profit entities
  • Lead Board governance review at a large national not-for-profit organisation
  • Reviews of third-party supplier’s business practices for a large multinational company and large retailer
  • Lead a review and quantification of an incorrect application of legislation at a public sector agency


  • Certified Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Certification in Risk Management Assurance (IIA)
  • Certified Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS)
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies (Accounting)
  • Master of Practising Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • Licensed Private Investigator in VIC
  • Certificate IV in Government (Investigation) and (Fraud Control)
  • Diploma in Government (Investigation)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Fraud Magazine, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Internal Auditor Magazine, Institute of Internal Auditors (US)