Yolandé Byrd is a Director, Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of FACTS Consulting, a South African firm that specializes in forensic technology and data analytics. A Certified Fraud Examiner with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Accounting, Yolandé merges her expertise in data analysis, programming and financial systems to help organizations detect and prevent procurement fraud.
Over the last 22 years, Yolandé has conducted investigations and designed forensic solutions in a variety of industries around the world. She has worked with some of the biggest names in Government, Finance, Utilities, Insurance, Telecommunications, Media, Manufacturing, Retail and Mining, in countries including the Czech Republic, Hungary and Belgium.
Most recently, Yolandé led a team of FACTS technicians in developing a Procurement Integrity Solution for SAS, a global leader in analytics software. The solution, which proactively monitors and detects fraudulent activity, has since been implemented in two of South Africa’s major banks, a major utility provider and one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world. It has also been adopted as a formal SAS product, making FACTS one of the first small businesses to become a premier SAS partner.
As a strong believer in the importance of life-long learning, Yolandé serves as a regular guest lecturer on forensics at the University of Pretoria. She has also spoken at a number of international events, including the annual ACFE Africa Fraud Conference, which hosts delegates from Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana.