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Dr. Matthias Heckel

Senior Manager, Compliance & Forensic in Development Cooperation

KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

I have been working at KPMG since 2008; starting from 2010 in Compliance & Forensic, mainly dealing with the prevention, detection and investigation of white-collar crime.

Ever since my multi-year secondment to southern sub-Saharan Africa – during which I was entrusted with the management of forensic projects in Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe among others – engagements relating to Africa have been the main focus of my forensic consulting activities. 

In this regard, KPMG's range of services for Compliance & Forensic in development cooperation is particularly important to me; the design of these services takes account of the specific challenges of the development aid sector as well as the particularities of white-collar criminal activity in developing countries. Thus we are able to efficiently support development organisations – i.e. without imposing an additional burden on the share of administration expenses – ensuring that the smallest possible share of development funds seep out to opaque channels en route or are lost to inefficiency. 

In my role as Country Practice Head for Africa, I also regard myself as an ambassador for the African continent; due to frequently negative, one-sided reporting, Africa's reputation does not do justice to the reality of many regions that have benefited from booming economic conditions for decades. I would be delighted to assist in particular German investors to discover the real Africa: a colourful continent with a spirit of optimism and an often impressive growth momentum. And if there is one thing I can say from personal experience: while there may be justification for concern over corruption in Africa in some cases, these problems can nevertheless be resolved. We are happy to support you in this regard.

Dr. Matthias Heckel

Education and qualifications

  • Doktor der Philosophie

  • Diplomkaufmann

  • Magister Artium

  • Doctoral candidate, Faculty of Business and Economics, Leuphana University Lüneburg


  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

  • Associate lecturer at Leuphana University Lüneburg

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